The steepest street in the world where houses appear to be sinking
What would you do if you lived on the wackiest street in the world? Well, residents of Baldwin Street in Dunedin in New Zealand’s south Island have a whale of a time playing host to numerous tourists who come to click photographs on the steepest street in the world.
The internet is full of images of houses on Baldwin Street and they all seem to be either lopsided or sinking into the ground. The optical illusion is the result of the angled photographs taken all because of the road’s remarkable incline that would make it quite an effort walking up and down the road.
1 Baldwin Street in New Zealand holds a Guinness world record
Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records, for being the steepest street in the world. The stretch of road is one of the most sought after tourists spots in the world because of the wacky photographs taken, that appear as an optical illusion. The road stretching 350 meters long is one of Dunedin’s most famous landmarks.
2 A famous tourist Landmark of Dunedin
Baldwin Street is familiar with the sight of tourists everyday and the people are not averse to seeing their houses photographed. In fact, it is a regular feature for the house owners to spot their houses on Instagram as a background, for tourists photographed the street. The angled photographs give the appearance of the houses sinking into the ground.
The 350 meter road has a gradient of 1:2.86 m. this means, an elevation of 1 meter for every 2.86 meters of road that is a very steep incline. The street made headline news for a negative incident in 2001 when a 19-year-old girl suffered a fatal accident trying to traverse the road in a wheelie bin. She did not survive her injuries.
The street’s steep incline makes it difficult for parking cars and locals who have to traverse the step incline.
3 The street holds an annual chocolate extravaganza
The road is also popular for the famous Cadbury Jaffa Race, a charity event in which, hundreds of people take part attempting to catch thousands of Cadbury chocolates thrown down from the top of the incline.
4 Baldwin Street Hosts the Steepest Race in the World
Baldwin Street also plays host to a unique world athletic event titled “the steepest race in the world”. The race is held every year and attracts athletes from far and wide. Besides this, a number of road races are held year every year and is attended by locals and tourists around the world.
5 Houses Appear To Be Sinking in Photographs of Baldwin Street
The weirdest factor of Baldwin Street being the steepest street in the world and which makes it so famous on the internet is the amusing photographs posted on Instagramm giving houses the optical illusion of sinking. Here’s one particular funny example of one man who actually lives on the Dunedin Street. The photo of his house is posted on Instagram with a caption “How to mess with people’s minds – anchor your letterbox so that it’s on the same incline as the street. Voila! Your house is now sinking!”