Fran?oise Sagan once wrote that New York drives the people who live there to addiction. It’s hard to disagree.

And New York has everything to offer: a unique skyline sprinkled with skyscrapers, a fantastic art and culture scene, endless shopping pleasure, enormous green spaces, countless cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs. New York, it’s the city of superlatives. New York doesn't sleep; it's loud, bright and full of contradictions. You’ll find a corner store next to the ?in? business, both located in an industrial building.

It doesn’t matter if you wonder at all the colourful lighted advertising on Times Square or admire the gleaming skyline from East River State Park in Williamsburg as the sun sets. New York fascinates everyone. During your day, take a moment to pop into one of the many restaurants and cafés, like the Epistrophy. And whether you visit a second, third or fourth time, you’ll always discover something new about the Big Apple.

City Facts

  • Location

    Most populous city in the U.S. on the east coast of the United States.

  • Population

    8.2 million

  • Size

    1 214 km2

  • Public transport

    New York has an extensive underground network (the subway), which is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to get around. Bus lines cover the rest of the city.

  • Climate

    A moderate climate with very warm summers and cold, damp winters. In summer it can climb up to 40°C (104°F) and in winter drop down to minus 20°C (-4°F).

  • Best time to visit

    Between April and June as well as in September and October.

  • Good to know

    New York is divided into five boroughs: Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

  • Nice to know

    In New York, 170 languages are spoken by immigrants from more than 100 different countries.

  • Airport

    John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK); about 25 km away from Manhattan and Newark Liberty International Airport about 17 km away from Manhattan.

  • Bus

    New York has many bus lines, including those offering sightseeing tours.

  • Railway

    The entire city is well connected through the subway. Most New Yorkers use the subway, because it’s the fastest way to get from A to B.

  • Taxi

    There are more than 13 000 taxis in New York. Taking one from the airport into the city is an expensive option. The flat rate comes to $ 50-60. Once in the Big Apple, taking the taxi is cheaper, but not necessarily fast depending on the traffic.