The European City Centre With No Street Names

Share this video on

What's Hot

What's New

Top Grossing

Top of the Chart

Recommend

Tom Scott : It's nice to be back to occasional videos that are just me, in a place, saying a thing. They may not be regular any more, but they're still fun to make.

Tom5tom Entertainment : U2's favorite city.

Ellie Does Life : Not being creepy but I could listen to your voice all day 😂

emojo1990 : i think this is quite useful for navigating a city, especially, say, a tourist destination. if you need to get to a train station and you know its code, say A and youre in B, you can easily assume its close by! also, im disappointed you didnt start at A and walk to B an make the awful joke.

Stephen Cresswell : Such a good way of doing videos. Is it interesting? Yes. Make the video. Should it be long? No. Make it short and to the point. Fancy music and graphics? Are they needed? So no.

Thomas Skowron : OpenStreetMap Contributor here: We do have all the blocks mapped (since at least 2012), but not all OSM based maps display it. Nevertheless you will get a result if you use the search, e.g. "Mannheim C4 9b" will lead you to Zephyr

Gondras123 : Exception to the Rule. Create a Series! That would be cool!

Nood Dood : Tom, German humor is no laughing matter.

I'm Very Angry It's Not Butter!! : Yikes, Tom, get away from that huge block of C4.

theminer3746 : “Presumably, that’ll be fix within a few hour after this video uploaded” If you don’t realize this before, this show you how much influence you have on the internet, Tom.

Deldarel : I don't get why google and apple can't just use the same system they use for Japan. Technically in both cases it's blocks that are named. Mannheim has a different naming convention, but it should technically work the same for computers.

AtomicShrimp : OK, so if Google or whoever needs to coerce this into a system that expects roads to be named rather than blocks, it could still be done. The street between C2 and D2 could be considered CD2 - the street between C2 and C3 could be mapped as C23

Jango Fett : E6. You sunk my battleship.

MLeoDaalder : I got bitten by those Mannheim streets once. A client had asked to search a database (and enriching the results with other systems before presenten). One of the most expensive parts was the address lookup (don't know why, we didn't program that part, only called it). So we did the smart thing and required at least 4 characters in the address field before starting searching. Within 10 minutes of delivery the client called, 'We can't find our own address here!' /facepalm

Janek : I’m a bike messenger in this city. Let me tell you, this is a very handy nomenclature. Inside the ring road where this nomenclature is applied, I never have to look on a map. You just have to understand how the system works. An additional benefit: In a normal german street, the even house numbers are on one side whereas the odd numbers are on the other side. When over decades buildings with variable footprints come and go, or the avg building width differs from one side to the other, there is an offset (eg numbers 20 and 21 have a distance of several buildings DOWN the street) In one of Mannheims blocks, the numbers are neatly one beside the other, making it easier to quickly determine wich building is wich. Very handy are the blue signs that you can see in the video. They show wich numbers are on wich side of the block. Even for most house numbers they use an official blue sign with the number and an arrow, pointing in the direction of increasing numbers. One problem is that nowadays it isnt mandatory to have the signs on every corner. Newer buildings often dont have the block number and use alternative signs for their building number, wich are often hard to find.

Michael Edmond : If you shout random combinations eventually does someone (in German) shout 'you've sunk my battleship!'?

Dieter S. : Fun fact: I used to live in I6 (i6) but on the street signs its written as J6 because back in the days a J was written like a I and vise versa.....try to get a pizza delivered there correctly....oh and also the real J is missing, so ppl wont confuse it with I.... :)

TheJoebus666 : 🎵 Where the streets have no name🎵

Retsam : I knew it would be Mannheim! I live in the vicinity :D

Lelilslazuli : Always happy to see my hometown attract international attention! Although you definitely missed the chance to stand in front of block U2 and point out that in this city, the streets have no name...

Thurston Cyclist : I've been to numerous villages in Austria that have no street names. Each building has a number, but the number is assigned based on the order in which it was built. So, 12 and 13 might be on opposite sides of the village, but 4 might be next door to 72. It's not fun trying to find an address.

BelialsRevenge : The C4/zephyr is not multi-lingual, it actually works even better in german, it is literally indistinguishable.

bart batenburg : poor people living there, they probably have to tell this entire story everytime they talk to Amazon to ask them where their shipment went

TWTrains : Look out everyone. There are a couple of scams in the comments, claiming to be Tom Scott. There aren’t. They are trying to get your details and hack into your account. Stay safe! (please pin this so everyone can see)

toffeebomb : Stockholm resident here, we have both block and street names! Usually our block names are nouns like "the cigar" or "the peach" and things like that

Yes. : That's a lot of Tom Scott's.

bobobobinalong : So instead of naming the streets, they name the spaces between the streets. Seems like a viable option to me.

Jan Sten Adámek : This was fixed in OSM over a year ago (although it should use place=city_block instead of place=neighbourhood) but the default OSM renderer does not render city block

aModernDandy : I saw this title and thought: “that’s not so weird, Mannheim doesn’t have street names in the Quadrate“- and then it turns out that’s what the video is about 😄 i live just one town over and I work in the palace that’s at the centre of this grid system. Weird to see something so familiar on YouTube.

Marimba Maurice : Nice to see you mentioning the great Openstreetmap :)

Jan Sanono : Damn these guys live on motorways like the M1 and A1? Must be tough to sleep at night.

Combinemon : I've never seen so many Tom Scotts in one comment section.

Heads Full Of Eyeballs : I could tell you were somewhere in Germany just from seeing the buildings in the little thumbnail :D

Árni : There is a street in Iceland ( Smiðjuvegur ) that has a colour coding system layered on top of the name street name, it's because some of the buildings are accessible on different floors depending on from what side you come from. Often making it really hard for people and tech to find what they are looking for.

bhayward2000 : So is this the place U2 were talking about?

Ivan Denkov : Openstreetmap have this mapped, but the official site does not render it.

Cabalex : I just imagine google maps driving directions through the city: Turn left onto A5 Continue onto A4 Continue onto A3 Continue onto A2 Continue onto A1

killercaos123 : In Costa Rica, the most advanced and stable Central American country, the people don't really have addresses. It's like: "Red house around the corner from the zapateria on the left, Buenavista, Costa Rica." Very unique. Very challenging.

Travis Gibby : "Where the streets have no name... Where the streets have no name..."

Gunwoo Lee : Wow! You were in Mannheim! Wish I saw you in person

BinauralMind - Relaxing, Soothing, Strange : I am not surprised: exceptions are the rule in Germany.

xWood4000 : Really tiny roads don't usually have names even though they are made of asphalt and are clearly physically marked.

Fin wells : i have been waiting for this

Andy Brice : If we need a unique identifier for navigating the streets, couldn't we name them after their adjacent blocks? So the street between A5 and B5 becomes A5B5, or AB5.

oneMeVz : Google was able to figure out how Japan's addressing works... Why not this city?

Rackergen : Whenever I watch you videos I'm split between admiration and envy. You travel a lot to get to the sites you talk about, just to deliver an authentic point of view. This takes extra effort that I guess few people really appreciate. But it is that special effort that really makes me admire you. And it's the travelling that makes me envy. I guess living in London has its perks after all.

Rodrigo Suarez : In downtown Caracas (Venezuela) blocks corners are identified, not the street, so to give an address you say: go from Marrón to Pelota (from the corner named Marrón to the corner named Pelota)

cprich22 : But why? what was the reason for doing it like this when the rest of Germany does it the other way? thats the question i would like to know the answer to.

epSos.de : This is a good system, because it's faster to type into the map search. There are also symbolic names for each street anyway.

Ellis_ : really enjoying all the spam already