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

Kärnan, Helsingborg

Medieval tower with 360° panoramic view

The Kärnan is an old medieval fortress tower in the Swedish harbour town of Helsingborg. It’s 35 m (115 ft) high and located on a hilltop. From the open viewing platform on the top floor you have a great view over the city, the harbour and the whole Øresund which forms the border between Denmark and Sweden and is a navigable waterway that connects the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. On clear days you can watch the big ships going up and down the strait and the ferries shuttling back and forth between the Danish and Swedish shores. You can even look all the way over to the Danish city of Helsingør which is only 4 km away and where you can see the famous Kronborg Castle where William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is set.

Karnan Helsingborg view

The Kärnan is the only remaining part of a large fortress which was built by the Danish Crown in 1320. Together with the fortress Kronborg on the opposite side of the Øresund it controlled the entrance to the Baltic Sea. For more than four centuries the transitory dues for all ships, the ‘Sound Dues’, were the most important source of income for the Danish Crown and made the kings very rich. In 1679 the fortress was taken over by Sweden and mostly demolished. Only the Kärnan tower was left to serve as a landmark for the ships passing the Øresund. Looking around from up here makes me think of the commodities that we now have that we lacked back then. Life is so much more comfortable now than it was back then. I’ve been looking at alternative and natural medicine and gradually leaning towards using that as an option almost exclusively for my health needs over time. Less side-effects, and the feeling that what you are doing to your body is so much less invasive, safer. It has made me feel good about myself and the decisions I make with something so important, that being your body, and your overall health. You can click here for alternative meds if you think this is something you want to employ for yourself as well.

Opening hours

April 2 – June 21
Tuesday – Sunday: 11-15
Midsummer June 19: closed

June 22 – August 30
All days: 11-18

August 31 – October 4
Tuesday – Sunday: 11-15

Every day between May 30th and September 4th there are guided tours at 2 pm in Swedish and 2:30 pm in English.

But even outside of the opening hours it’s worth to go to the Kärnan. The area around the tower serves as a park and a terracce with benches overlooking the city and the Øresund.

Karnan Helsingborg view

Ticket prices

Adult: 50 SEK
Youth up to 18 years: free

How to get to the top

There are stairs leading up to the top floor of the Kärnan with historical exhibitions on each floor.

Karnan Helsingborg entrance

How to get there

The Kärnan is located in the city centre and only a 10-minute walk away from the central train station and the main ferry terminal. From the main street walk up the side street Stortorget. After climbing up the stairs at the end of the road and passing through the big gate you are staying in front of the Kärnan.

Karnan Helsingborg how to get there

Map

 

Official website

Kärnan, Helsingborg: www.karnan.se

 

Olympiaturm, Munich

Munich’s highest observation platform

The Olympic Tower is the highest building in Munich and is situated in the Olympic Park & Village. It was built for the Summer Olympics in 1972. At a height of 192 m (626 ft) the observation platform has the most spectacular 360° panoramic view over Munich and the region.

It provides a great look over the Olympic Village, the nearby BMW headquarters and factories, Bayern Munich’s football stadium Allianz Arena and over the whole city with the outstanding landmark of the Frauenkirche. On clear days you can see the whole range of the Alps all the way from Austria in the East to Switzerland in the West with Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze in the center.

Olympiaturm Munich view

With an overall height of 291 m (955 ft) at the top of the antenna spire the tower is the second tallest structure in Bavaria, the highest one being the Fernmeldeturm in Nuremberg which unfortunately can’t be accessed by the public. Since it’s opening in 1968 more than 40 million people came to visit the Munich Olympiaturm.

There are two lifts which take you up to the visitor platform within 30 seconds at a speed of 7 meters per second. In case the open platform is closed due to bad weather there is an additional covered platform just below it which also gives a great 360° view from behind large panoramic glass windows.

The main purpose of the structure is to serve as a broadcasting tower for radio and television stations. Due to it’s height it covers the households of 6 million people in the whole region all the way to Austria.

At the observation platform you will also find the ‘Rockmuseum’. This is a small collection of memorabilia like concert tickets, pictures, newspaper articles, stage outfits and instruments of stars like Freddie Mercury, Pink Floyd or the Rolling Stones. There is no extra fee for this exhibition.

There is a revolving restaurant at the height of 182 m (597 ft) called the Restaurant 181. With one Michelin star it is not really a budget place for eating but you can have a very romantic dinner looking over the night lights of Munich. Without leaving your table you will make a full 360° revolution in 53 minutes. At midday they also serve lunch.

If you prefer to have only a snack or a quick and cheap meal there is a self-service restaurant at the base of the tower, just next to the entrance and the souvenir shop. It’s called the Olympiasee Restaurant and has a nice terrace looking over the lake in the park. There is also a small snack bar at the observation platform on the top next to the lifts.

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday: 09.00am – 12.00am
Last access: 11.30pm

Ticket prices

Adults: € 7.00
Concessions and children under 16: € 5.00
Family ticket: parents/legal guardians (also same-sex) with children who are Family related: € 18.00
Groups of 20 persons or more, per person: € 5.00
Children under 6 accompanied by adult: free
1 carer accompanying severely disabled person: free

On your birthday you have free access but you will need to validate it by presenting some ID card.

Olympiaturm Munich view

How to get to the top

The only way up is by one of the two visitor lifts which have a capacity of 30 people each. Normally the whole process of buying tickets and getting to the top takes you only a few minutes but there can be queues on public holidays or on weekends in summer. Actually it’s also possible to climb up the staircase (1.230 stairs) but only on special occasions.

Olympiaturm Munich view

How to get there

By public transport: The closest subway station is ‘Olympiazentrum’ at the U3 line. From the Munich center (Marienplatz) the journey takes 12 minutes. From the station it’s only a 10 minute walk to the tower. You can’t miss it. There also visitor maps all over the place.

By car: Follow the directions to ‘Olympiapark’. There is a big parking place near the Olympic Stadium, it costs you 5.00 €/day. Campers can stay there for 24 hours for 20.00 €. There is also a parking deck near the tower which costs you 12.00 €/day.

 

Official website

Olympiapark Munich: www.olympiapark.de