Tallinn TV Tower (Teletorn)

The highest open-air viewing platform in Northern Europe

The TV Tower in Tallinn, also known as Teletorn, is the highest building in Estonia. It is located a bit outside of Tallinn near the suburb Pirita which was the location of the sailing contests of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics. The overall height of the TV Tower is 314 m (1,030 ft) above ground.

The open-air observation deck and the restaurant are the highest in Northern Europe. At a height of 170 metres (559 feet) you have a phantastic 360 degree panorama view over Tallinn, it’s surrounding area and the Gulf of Finland. On very clear days you can even see Helsinki at a distance of 80 km (50 mi).

The TV Tower was opened in 1980 just in time for the 1980 Olympic Games in the Soviet Union to provide better broadcasting and telecommunication services. After several years of renovation it was reopened in 2012 as a new tourist attraction. Apart from the outdoor terrace and the Brasserie-Restaurant it also has an indoor observation deck with a 360° window panoramic view and an interactive exhibition. If you like adrenaline you can take the Walk on the Edge for an extra 20 Euros.  It allows visitors to walk along the edge of the roof of the TV Tower, secured with safety harnesses.

Tallinn TV-Tower

Opening hours

May – September
Monday – Sunday: 10-19
(Brasserie & restaurant: 10-23)

October – April
Wednesday – Monday: 11-18
(Brasserie & restaurant: 11-23)
Tuesdays: closed
24 December: closed
1 January: 12-19

Ticket prices

Adults: € 10.00
Discount ticket (children under 5, students, pensioners): € 6.00
Family ticket (2 adults and children up to 16): € 21.00
Walk on the Edge: € 20.00

Tallinn TV-Tower panorama

How to get to the top

The lift takes you to the top of the tower in 49 seconds. All public areas of the TV Tower are wheelchair accessible, except for the outdoor deck on the 22nd floor. If you feel like climbing up the stairs to the top you can book a group of 8 people for € 105.00.

How to get there

By public transport: From Tallinn’s city center you can take buses 34A and 38. They stop for example at the underground bus terminal below the  Viru Keskus shopping mall which is next to the Sokos Hotel Viru. You can buy a ticket from the bus driver for € 2 in cash. The bus stop where you have to get off is called ‘Teletorn’. Check out the public transport timetables. Another bus line is 49 which is coming from another suburb in the North. Also the Hop-on Hop-off busses stop here. A taxi costs around € 10.00.

By car: The address of the TV Tower is ‘Kloostrimetsa tee 58 A, 11913 Tallinn’ which is around 9 km from Tallinn’s city center. There is free parking on the grounds.

 

Official website

Tallinna Teletorn: www.teletorn.ee

Tour Montparnasse, Paris

The only skyscraper in Paris

From the outdoor observation deck of the Montparnasse Tower you are supposed to have the very best view of Paris, by day and by night. The panoramic terrace is situated at a height of 210 m (689 ft) on the roof of the building at the 59th floor. On clear days the view is up to 40 km (25 mi). You will see the Eiffel Tower, the skyline of La Défense and even the airplanes starting and landing at Orly Airport. The endless panorama of the urban landscape and the sheer size of the metropolis is really impressing.

Tour Montparnasse View

Even though it is not the highest observation deck accessible to the public in Paris, this would be the Eiffel Tower’s upper visitor level at 276 m (906 ft), the Montparnasse Tower is actually the only skyscraper in Paris. From it’s opening in 1973 until 2011 it was even the tallest skyscraper in France. But it’s not very popular. Built as an office tower it is considered to be ugly and out of place. People in Paris say that it has the most beautiful view of the city just because it is the only place from which you can’t see the tower itself.

Tour Montparnasse View

Apart from the rooftop viewing platform also the whole 56th floor is open for visitors. It is completely surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. Here you have interactive terminals, ultra powerful telescopes, a souvenir shop, a Café and an exhibition about historic Paris. At the same floor you will also find the Restaurant Le Ciel de Paris which is open all day for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner (7h30 to 23h00).

Tour Montparnasse View

Opening hours

Open every day of the year. Last lift up: 30 min before closing.

April 1 – September 30
All days: 9:30 – 23:30

October 1 – March 31
Sunday to Thursday: 9:30 – 22:30
Friday and Saturday: 9:30 – 23:00

Tour Montparnasse Rooftop

Ticket prices

Regular Price
Adults: 15 €
Young people (16 to 20 inclusive) and students: 12 €
Children and adolescents ages 7 to 15 inclusive: 9,50 €
Disabled people: 7,50 €

Day & Night Ticket (Ticket valid for 2 visits within 48 hours)
Adults: 20 €
Young people (16 to 20 inclusive) and students: 16 €
Children and adolescents ages 7 to 15 inclusive: 12,50 €

Free for children under 7. Tickets can also be bought online at the official website.

How to get to the top

The fastest elevator in Europe will take you to the 56th floor within 38 seconds. For people with reduced mobility only the 56th floor is accessible by elevator. The rooftop terrace is only accessible by stairs from the 56th floor (3 floors on foot).

Tour Montparnasse Terrace

How to get there

The tower is located in the Montparnasse neighbourhood on top of the Metro station. The entrance and ticket sales are at the foot of the Montparnasse Tower on the Rue de l’Arrivée side.

By public transport: Take the subway (Metro) to the station Montparnasse-Bienvenüe on the lines 4, 6, 12 and 14. Or take a train to the SNCF station Gare Montparnasse which is nearby. These bus lines stop next to the tower: 28, 58, 82, 88, 89, 91, 92, 94, 95 and 96.

By car: There is a paid public parking under the Montparnasse Tower. The address is 33 avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris.

 

Official website

Observatoire Panoramique  de la Tour Montparnasse: www.tourmontparnasse56.com