Charlotte Amalie is unique for step streets, or frigangs as the Danes called them. These steps were built in the mid 1700s. Dozens of step streets cut through nearly all the hills rising from the Charlotte Amalie harbor area; the 99 steps are the most popular. They are likely the most photographed as well; the picturesque stairway has colorful flowers on either side making it an easy choice for a photo. The bricks used in the steps were brought from Denmark as ballast in the hulls of sailing ships. The 99 steps original name was Store Taarne Gade which means Greater Tower Street. The 99 steps are actually 103 steps.
Not sure I believe there was poor planning on the part of the Danes. This gorgeous set of steps is an engineering marvel. You can start at the top and work your way down through the various museums and tours offered in the area, or work your way up from the bottom and be rewarded with a spectacular view of Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Either way you can't lose. I really recommend this FREE trip into this beautiful island's history!
1, 2, ....99... Steps!
Didn't actually count them; the walk up wasn't so bad. Someone with weak knees might not agree though! Pretty cool seeing how the early European colonists decided to navigate around a town surrounded by hills - steps!