Whenever I arrive somewhere new, finding a way to view it from the skies is always top of my list of things to do! Whether that be by hiking up a mountain, climbing up a church tower, or literally taking to the air, nothing beats that feeling of looking out over a new skyline and knowing it’s yours to explore.
There are lots of places to get a great view across Edinburgh, but the best has to be from Arthur’s Seat! This dormant volcano sits at the heart of Scotland’s capital city, and is the main peak of a group of hills that form Holyrood Park. The 251km high peak offers 360° views out over Edinburgh, and was easily one of the highlights of my visit!
It might be obvious, but the view from the Eiffel Tower is an absolute must! With its top floor sitting at 276m, the Eiffel Tower is not only an iconic piece of architecture, but one of the best places to get a view of Paris… Plus, you can buy a baguette from the cafe at the top and feel like the ultimate tourist. Bonjour Paris!
The top of Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill) is 92m above sea level, and offers a great view out over the city of Nice. You also get a wonderful view of the Baie des Anges (Bay of Angels) and the bustling Promenade des Anglais that curves around it… Looking out over the beautiful blue sea of the Côte d’Azur, you can’t help but want to jump in!
One of the most iconic views of Vienna comes from the top of the towers of St. Stephan’s Cathedral. With the North Tower standing at 68m and the South Tower at 136m, both offer beautiful views over the city as well a close-up look at St. Stephan’s famous mosaic roof! Pick the South Tower for a height advantage, or the North Tower for an outdoor viewing platform.
One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Venice is equally as stunning from the skies. Climb the Campanile di San Marco (St. Mark’s Bell Tower) for a 360° view across the city and its famous canals. Just beware of the wind… The arched windows are pretty big, and my attempts at a sky-high Venice selfie ended with me flashing a tower full of people! Bad day to wear a skirt.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Como is a funicular that takes you up to the village of Brunate. From Brunate, a short hike will take you to the Volta Lighthouse… Climb to the top for stunning views across Lake Como. This was easily the highlight of my trip, and well worth the climb!
My favourite view of Munich came from the tower of St. Peter’s Church. The oldest church in Munich, St. Peter’s tower stands at 92m tall, and offers views of Munich’s famous glockenspiel as well as the Frauenkirche (The Cathedral of Our Lady). Beware though, the climb to the top probably deserves to be classed as a hike!
The Sagrada Familia is one of the most iconic landmarks in Barcelona, and an absolute must-see in itself… But its towers also offer great views over the city! Take a trip up the towers of the Passion Facade or the Nativity Facade for views across the city and out to the coastline.
Nestled in the middle of the Swiss Alps, Interlaken is the perfect base for hunting down spectacular views! If you’re looking for something to really take your breath away, you can even take to the skies, and try paragliding, parasailing or sky diving. An incredible activity anywhere in the world, paragliding in the alps has to be up there as one of my favourite ever experiences (and views)!
Do you have any favourite viewing spots across Europe? Share them with me in the comments section!