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Vibrant Cities for a Fall Getaway: Los Angeles

The city of angels – and millionaires: Los Angeles walks (or rather drives) on the sunny side of life – such as Venice Beach, where you'll find tanned surfers and plenty of foodie hotspots that boast tons of healthy options. L.A. is more than a city, it's a way of life.

October 19, 2022

City of Angels 

Los Angeles, the city of angels – and cars. If you think you can casually stroll around here, you'll quickly out yourself as a clueless European. In L.A., people drive, chugging along the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills with its exclusive boutiques as if they had all the time in the world. Just enjoy and let the famous scenery you've seen in countless movies and shows pass you by.

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

The Beverly Hills neighborhood is the pinnacle of luxury. © Pexels

It's all about the journey. You go to L.A. to see and be seen. It's more than just a city, it's a way of life. The birthplace of the movie industry is home to stars like Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio and Gwyneth Paltrow. Nowhere else can you sight this many celebrities while simply going for coffee.


There are 2,731 stars on the Walk of Fame. © Pexels

The number of sunny days is high, promoting a deeply relaxed attitude. On the other hand, an active lifestyle is as much a part of L.A. as its famous beaches, where beach boys and girls show off their tanned skin or ambitiously work on perfecting their bodies (Venice Beach is considered a six-pack El Dorado). But L.A. is also a city of museums: The Broad is a private museum for contemporary art and, as a building, a work of art in its own right; Downtown L.A. is home to hip restaurants, but also Frank Gehry's elegantly curved Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

Architectural icon: Frank Gehry's elegantly curved Walt Disney Concert Hall opened in 2003. © Unsplash

A photo in front of the famous Hollywood sign is mandatory, as is a trip to Runyon Canyon (with the Griffith Observatory) – a recreational paradise that offers breathtaking views of the city's imposing skyline. From up here, you get a sense of the desert landscape that characterizes this area.

Downtown Los Angeles

Skyscrapers line up in downtown Los Angeles. © GettyImages

Be sure to also take a trip to Malibu, known for its celebrity villas and impressive waves on the beach; Miley Cyrus even dedicated a song to the seaside retreat. Considering the predominantly healthy lifestyle, you should also treat yourself to a a food legend to balance the scales: Pink's Hot Dogs has been around since 1939, with photos of various celebrities on its walls. But amid this ambience, you might just feel like a character in a gaudy 1960s comedy yourself...

The Santa Monica Pier is famous for its Ferris wheel – and the great beach. In Hollywood, you can go behind the scenes of movie history. © Pexels, Getty Images

Related: The 4 Most Vibrant City Breaks This Fall

Text: Katharina Kotrba

This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Fall 2022.

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