Weirdest Streets of the World

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In every country, city or even a village, there is always one street that boasts as special in some way, so picking out the 6 of them all around the globe wasn't an easy job. Luckily, all over the internet there is information about such streets so we tried to pick a few that are special on a global scale.


So, this week’s Top 6 are:

6. Longest Highway (Highway 1 – Australia)
highway1It stretches from Canberra to 9,000 miles/14,500 km outside the city making it the longest national highway in the world. On this road, conditions vary greatly; from multi-lane freeways in populous urban and rural areas, to sealed two-laners in remote areas. Some stretches are very isolated, such as the Eyre Highway, which crosses the Nullarbor Plain, and the Great Northern Highway, which runs close to the north-western coastline. Isolated roadhouses serving the small amount of passing traffic are often the only signs of human activity for hundreds of kilometers. All in all, every day more than 1 million people leave their tire marks on that hot Australian asphalt.

5. Most crooked Street (Lombard Street - San Francisco)
lombard-streetBest known for the one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns that have earned the street the distinction of being the crookedest (most winding) street in the world. There are a few more of the ones with crooks like these (Snake Alley in Iowa or Vermont street in San Francisco), but because this one has the best photo looks, we claimed our right to pick one of the three. As for technical details, the crooked section of the street, which is about 1⁄4 mile (400 m) long, is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The speed limit in this section is 5 mph (8 km/h).



4. Weirdest Roundabout (Magic Roundabout – Swindon, UK)
magic-roundaboutConstructed by Frank Blackmore in 1972 and consists of five mini-roundabouts arranged in a circle. Traffic flow around the smaller, inner roundabout is counter-clockwise, and traffic flows in the usual clockwise manner around the five mini-roundabouts and the outer loop. When the roundabout complex was first opened, the mini-roundabouts were not permanently marked out and could be reconfigured while the layout was fine tuned. A police officer was stationed at each mini roundabout during this pilot phase to oversee how drivers coped with the unique arrangement. In September 2007, the Magic Roundabout was named as one of the World's Worst Junctions by a UK motoring magazine and in 2009, the fourth scariest junction in Britain.

3. Shortest Street (Ebenezer Place – Scotland)
Ebenezer PlaceLocated in Wick, Caithness, Scotland, is credited by the Guinness Book of Records as being the world's shortest street at 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in). The street has only one address: the front door of No. 1 Bistro, which is part of Mackays Hotel. The street originated in 1883, when 1 Ebenezer Place was constructed; the owner of the building, a hotel at the time, was instructed to paint a name on the shortest side of the hotel. It was officially declared a street in 1887. But for its status as a street in its own right, the location of Ebenezer Place would be a junction of Union Street with River Street.



2. Steepest Street (Baldwin Street – New Zealand)

BaldwinstreetIn Dunedin, New Zealand, is considered the world's steepest residential street. It is located in the residential suburb of North East Valley, 3.5 kilometers (2.2 mi) northeast of Dunedin's city centre. Rising from 30 m (98 ft) above sea level at its junction with North Road to 100 m (330 ft) above sea level at the top, an average slope of slightly more than 1:5. Its lower reaches are only moderately steep, and the surface is asphalt, but the upper reaches are far steeper, and surfaced in concrete (200 m (660 ft) long), for ease of maintenance and for safety in Dunedin's frosty winters. At its maximum, the slope of Baldwin Street is about 1:2.86 (19° or 35%). That is, for every 2.86 meters travelled horizontally, the elevation changes by 1 meter.


1. Narrowest Street (Spreuerhofstraße – Germany)
Engste Strasse der WeltFound in the city of Reutlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It ranges from 31 centimeters (12.2 in) at its narrowest to 50 centimeters (19.7 in) at its widest. The lane was built in 1727 during the reconstruction efforts after the area was completely destroyed in the massive city-wide fire of 1726 and is officially listed in the Land-Registry Office as City Street Number 77. Take a piece of A4 paper and place it horizontally. That’s how wide the street is. We wouldn't advise people with claustrophobic problems to even try to go along this street. 

Sources (images and info): Wiki, World Wide Web

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