New city, new tower, new view. This year, I scrambled on some towers and roofs, always looking for the overview. Observation decks are abundant in every city, but sometimes you have to search a bit to get THE view. And yet it is always worthwhile to squash yourself with other people into a small elevator. Weatherwise I hadn’t a lot of luck this year. Mist in Copenhagen, dust in Milan, rain in London and also in Riga the sky wasn’t that clear. Most impressive was the roof of the Duomo in Milan. Quasimodo would have been envious.
Let’s dive into it…
Milan – Duomo
- Adress: Duomo Di Milano, Piazza del Duomo, 20122 Milano
- Station: Duomo – Underground: M1/M3
When you go up by lift, it will cost you 13 euros. When you take the stairs it’s not that expensive. But. Go early. It doesn’t matter if you take the lift or the stairs, there are so many small staircases even after the lift, where you can get very anxious with people in front and behind you.
London – Sky Garden
- Adress: Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London, EC3M 8AF
- Station: Monument – Circle & District Line
Sky Garden is free. However, you have to book your visit. Just for preventing too many people upstairs. But even after the official opening hours, you can go upstairs. Even without “appointment”.
- Adress: Academie of Science, Akademijas laukums 1, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
- Opening hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Of all towers, I visited this year this one has surprised me somehow. Riga surprised me in a lot of ways. You’ll get up by lift to the 15th floor and then take a staircase as well, to get up to the overview deck. And it was empty. Completly. Even the Rundetaarn in Copenhagen in January wasn’t that empty.
- Up: Rundetaarn, Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København K
- Opening hours: daily from 10am to 5pm
- Costs: 25DKK – ca. 3,50e
- Down: Castle Christiansborg – Tower, Christiansborg, 1218 København K
- Costs: free
- Station: Kongens Nytorv (Metro)
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 9pm
Do you have any traditions or rituals, when you visit a new city?