The best way to become accustomed to a new city is to explore every nook and cranny it has to offer. But what if you want to see all the nooks and crannies at once? Well, that would involve climbing to the top of the highest structure around and gazing out at all before you. Luckily, we’ve highlighted some of the best European attractions at which you can do just that.
Montparnasse Tower – Paris
Many people will tell you that the best views of Paris can be enjoyed from the top of the Eiffel Tower, but they would be wrong. Whilst the views from the top of Europe’s highest city-based observation platform are undoubtedly fantastic, they are lacking one important thing – the Eiffel Tower itself. Therefore, if you head to the top of Montparnasse Tower there is a public viewing terrace which will enable you to get the perfect snapshot of the city which will include its most iconic landmark.
Danube Tower – Vienna
The Danube Tower is situated on the other side of the river to the city centre and so the views from the top will include the main sights of Vienna with the Danube laid out before them. The tower itself, with its 150m high observation platform, is the tallest structure in Austria and offers a lift that will take up in no less than 35 seconds. There are steps as well but these are only used during the Donauturm run, a mad event where amateur athletes test their stamina by racing up the various floors.
City Walls – Dubrovnik
There are various places along the Dubrovnik city walls where you can see the city in all its glory. The most recognisable aspects of the Croatian capital are the red-roofed houses that can be seen in every direction. There is a two-hour tour which you can take around the 1,940-metre entirety of the walls, during which you will find the views from Minceta Fortress to be the most breathtaking.
St Peter’s Basilica – Rome
St Peter’s Square is the most famous area in Rome and possibly one of the most iconic squares in Italy. It is home to various different attractions such as the Sistine Chapel, the Pope’s official residence and, of course, St Peter’s Basilica. It is possible to climb the latter by taking a lift up to the bottom of the dome and then continuing to the top via the stairs. Once on the viewing terrace, you can see the beautiful River Tiber to the east, the Pope’s back garden to the west and a city panorama all around.
Fernsehturm – Berlin
Berlin’s Fernsehturm (TV tower) was built in 1969 to be a symbol of the city and that’s exactly what it has become. It is the tallest structure in Germany and features the highest observation platform in the country that is accessible by the public (Frankfurt’s Europaturm is higher but it is not open to the general public). Just four metres higher than the observation deck, there is a revolving restaurant which could well offer the icing on the cake (as well as other delicious delights) during your Berlin city break.
Piazzale Michelangelo – Florence
Whilst most piazzas offer some interesting attractions to visit, this one in Florence has some spectacular views up its sleeve. It is located in the south of the city and allows you to see beautiful panoramas of the buildings and the intricate bridges that cross over the Arno River. The fact that it is built on a hill means you have a slightly raised perspective and there is also a bronze cast of Michelangelo’s statue of David at its centre.
If you would like to visit any of these cities with amazing viewpoints, or any other European destination, the Fred.\ Holidays team can tailor-make your perfect trip. Call us today or get in touch through the website.