Finding the Best City Views in Europe

posted by Sharon June 17, 2018 39 Comments
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Don’t you love a good viewpoint that looks down on a city and its landmarks? Europe is full of good views, whether they are from cathedral domes, bell towers, or one-of-a kind places like the Eiffel Tower. Here are 6 of my favorites so far. I do hope to discover more in future travels!

The Eiffel Tower

The most beloved and recognizable viewpoint in Paris! The sheer size of the Eiffel Tower is astounding. It is 1,000 feet high. See the little dots on the second level in the close-up photo? Those are people dwarfed by the tower. Paris Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower ParisYou can be whisked up to the second and third levels in an elevator and walk all the way around to see the Seine down below. The Arc de Triomphe is visible, and the gold dome of the Invalides shines in the sun. A surprise to me was finding green, park-like areas. I could stay up on the third level for hours, just gazing at Paris. Eiffel Tower Paris

Eiffel Tower ParisEiffel Tower ParisEiffel Tower ParisEiffel Tower ParisBonus view in Paris: If you want the Eiffel Tower in your view of the city, make your way to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. Yes, a few (hundred) steps are involved, but the view is worth the climb! Paris Arc de Triomphe

The London Eye

The London Eye sits at the edge of the Thames in the heart of London and lifts you gently above Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. The website describes this as being “part of the skyline.” And during the half hour you are high in the sky, the views are breathtaking. The London Eye was designed for the year 2000 celebrations, but it was so popular that it is now a permanent part of London. LONDON Eye

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When in Rome, you will likely visit the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica. Be sure to seek out the side entrance to the Cupola and climb to the roof surrounding the dome. This dome, designed by Michelangelo in 1547, is the tallest in the world. Navigating the spiral staircase yields these views.  And when you are back on the ground, look up at where you’ve been!St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

St. Peter's Basilica, RomeSt. Peter's Basilica, RomeSt. Peter's Basilica, RomeSt. Peter's Basilica, RomeBonus view in Rome: Straight down the boulevard from St. Peter’s Basilica is Castel Sant’Angelo, a lesser known gem of the city. Built by Roman Emperor Hadrian, this castle holds so much history. Here you can view the River Tiber below and the dome in the distance. Castel Sant Angelo, Rome

Castel Sant Angelo, RomeCastel Sant Angelo, RomeCastel Sant Angelo, RomeCastel Sant Angelo, RomeSt. Mark’s Campanile in Venice

St. Mark’s Campanile (Bell Tower) in Piazza San Marco is a freestanding tower you can ascend by elevator for astounding views of the red roofs of Venice. I love the onion domes of the cathedral, too. The tower is more than 300 feet high and was first built in 1514. The lighted top originally served as a lighthouse for boats. After lightning strikes and fires, the tower cracked and completely disintegrated in 1902. The present tower opened in 1912. As it’s been standing for more than a century, be assured it’s safe. St. Marks Campanile

St. Marks CampanileSt. Marks CampanileSt. Marks CampanileThe Reichstag in Berlin

The seat of government in Germany, the Reichstag originally was completed in 1894. After a suspicious fire when Hitler came to power in 1933, the building was not used and then was damaged at the end of the war. It wasn’t until after the fall of the Wall and the Communists left the city that the new, unified German government moved into the Reichstag and the interior of the building was modernized. You can enter the glass dome when you tour the Reichstag, and as you wind up the circular glass structure, you see views of Berlin from every angle. You can look down on the Tiergarten’s greenery. And you are above the iconic Brandenburg Gate. Reichstag Berlin

 

Reichstag Berlin Reichstag Berlin Brandenburg Gate Reichstag BerlinBonus view in Berlin: The Berlin Cathedral allows you to climb the 267 steps to the Dome for spectacular views of Museum Island. Berlin Cathedral

Berlin CathedralBerlin CathedralSt. Vitus Cathedral Dome in Prague

Last but not least is the view from the top of St. Vitus Cathedral on a hill above Prague. You can climb the many steps to the dome that houses the cathedral bells. The view from here takes in the Old Town of Prague, the Vlatava River, and the Charles Bridge. The red roofs of Prague are stunning. Prague Castle

Prague CastlePrague CastleHow about you? Do you have  a favorite viewpoint from your travels? Let us know so we can add it to our wish lists!

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39 Comments

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Su-sieee! Mac June 17, 2018 at 6:26 pm

Gulp. So high in the sky, but oh so worth it to see the views. Your photos let us see how stunning the city scapes are. Thank you.

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italiafinlandia June 17, 2018 at 11:22 pm

I am partial to Paris…
I’ll suggest a cityscape of a northern Europe capital: Stockholm or Helsinki!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin June 18, 2018 at 12:47 am

Oh wow!! Such stunning views!!

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Carol June 18, 2018 at 7:20 am

Gorgeous photography~

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Jesh StG June 18, 2018 at 10:10 am

It’s fun to see the familiair sights of Italy, England, and Germany, especially of Berlin, since I lived there, and as a young 20-something was not into photography yet:) A warm thank you for sharing this with All Seasons! Have a great week! Any plans for visiting a “new” country?

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image-in-ing: weekly photo linkup June 18, 2018 at 11:45 am

Your photos are absolutely breathtaking, each and every one!
Thank you so much for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/06/can-brussels-sprouts-be-edible.html

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California Globetrotter June 19, 2018 at 6:36 am

I totally had a post like this once before but deleted it because it was at the beginning of my blogging days and I never re-wrote it! Maybe this summer I’ll actually have time to get round to it again! #CityTripping

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Photo Cache June 19, 2018 at 6:38 am

Excellent list.

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Kelleyn Rothaermel June 19, 2018 at 1:11 pm

I have been to all of these except the one in berlin. guess that means it is time for another trip to Europe. Have a great week!
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Angie June 19, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Your photography is lovely. I would seriously buy a book of your pictures. #citytripping

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Linda Bibb June 19, 2018 at 5:51 pm

Great collection, Sharon! I’ll add Montmartre as a bonus view. Sit on the steps in front of Sacre-Coeur and watch the lights come on throughout Paris as the sun sets – it’s magical!

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Angie June 19, 2018 at 8:05 pm

I have become a little afraid of heights with age, but I would deal with it for these views! Thanks for a most excellent summary!

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Saša (Slovenia) June 19, 2018 at 11:30 pm

I live in the EU, but I have not seen these cities yet. My views are usually from the top of the mountains, the best was Zugspitze in Germay.
Wonderful photos!

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Lisa June 20, 2018 at 5:41 am

What a great list! I’ve been to all those places myself and couldn’t agree more – the views are spectacular!

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Alex - My Life Long Holiday June 20, 2018 at 7:45 am

Those are spectacular views of Prague – I think those were my favourite photo’s. We recently went onto the Duomo’s roof in Milan and I think that should make this list too, plus the actual detailing on the roof is beautiful too. Great post #citytripping

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Sarah June 20, 2018 at 11:56 am

I love hunting for good views when I travel, too! The London Eye is so lovely. I also love the Shard for its view, and Duck & Waffle for its view (and its waffles!!) in London.

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Mother of 3 June 20, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Sadly the day we were able to go up in the Eiffel Tower it was cloudy and we couldn’t see much of anything but I do have a few good photos of Paris from the Arc de Triumph and from the towers of Notre Dame. I haven’t yet managed to make it to any of the other cities you have here but these sure are beautiful photos! Pinned.

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Molly June 20, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Amazing collection of images

Mollyx

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Ruth June 20, 2018 at 8:46 pm

Views are one of my travel weaknesses! I love the ones you have in here. I didn’t know about the one in Prague’s Castle. Prague definitely has tons of places to see fantastic views. I went to the municipal house. During my last visit to Europe, we went a little bit crazy capturing views!

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Kat June 21, 2018 at 12:57 am

While I agree that the views from the Eiffel Tower are spectacular but I didn’t enjoy my time up there because of the long queue and the crowd 🙁 I had enjoyed my time in the London Eye many years ago and I would love to see the views from the Reichstag in Berlin – looks incredible and spectacular! #Citytripping

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Vanessa June 21, 2018 at 4:32 am

I always visit viewpoints when I’m on a city trip! Stockholm has some amazing viewspoints to offer as well if you ever head there 🙂

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Hilary June 21, 2018 at 7:23 am

Fun post with fabulous views! I also love to search out city views, and have found some pretty nice ones in Bruges, York, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. #citytripping

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Jill June 21, 2018 at 8:29 am

Such great views! I’m looking forward to seeing my first views of Venice this fall.

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Claire at Tin Box Traveller June 21, 2018 at 12:05 pm

Oh my, there views are stunning. I’ve been to Paris and London but the others are still on my bucket list. I’m very excited to be ticking off Venice this summer. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful pictures on #MondayEscapes

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Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World June 22, 2018 at 2:42 am

I was so bummed to miss the tickets to go to the top of the Reichstag in Berlin on our visit there. They are limited and we couldn’t get them during our visit. Darn it. I too adore the views atop the Tour Eiffel. A must at least once. I would add the St. Peter’s Church tower in Riga, Latvia. It was so beautiful in winter with the colorful old town below and snow on the rooftops. In Copenhagen, head up to the top of the Round Tower for great views of all the spires around town and sometimes all the way to Sweden! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photography with #FarawayFiles. Cheers from Copenhagen.

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Tanja/The Red Phone Box travels June 22, 2018 at 4:32 am

your photos are incredible. I haven’t seen the view from Berlin but have had the fortune to see the rest:) #farawayfiles

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goblinette June 23, 2018 at 3:01 am

Stunning views. In London we visited Tate museum and had coffee and some freshly baked scones in a bar pretty high up, if I remember correctly. I loved the view at the river Themes, It is probably pretty awesome from any high building near the river. Can’t wait to visit again. My home made scones are never quite right 🙁 #WeekendWanderlust

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Erin | The Epicurean Traveler June 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm

I love to see the bird’s-eye view of a city! I think your tips for finding these vantage points will come in handy someday. I would like to revisit Paris and the Eiffel Tower, and actually that holds true for many other spots on your list as well. I can’t believe I didn’t do the London Eye when I was there! Next time, for sure. Your photos of theses views are gorgeous, too. You’ve certainly sparked my wanderlust. #WeekendWanderlust

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Neha June 24, 2018 at 1:15 am

Incredible views! I love researching spots with good views and camera angles before travelling to a particular place 🙂
Thanks for sharing. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Liana moore June 24, 2018 at 6:24 am

Fun idea! I’ve actually been to 3 of these. Great photos too! #FarawayFiles

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Nicole June 24, 2018 at 4:47 pm

You must be very fit after climbing all those stairs! I’ve been everywhere u have described and chosen to not climb the stairs. I think that was a mistake! Beautiful photos.

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Elizabeth (Wander Mum) June 24, 2018 at 11:52 pm

Great list Sharon! You have got me thinking about some of my favourite European views. As a Londoner, a good view (which is free) is from the top of the Tate Modern. Thanks for linking #citytripping

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Staci @ The Voyageer June 25, 2018 at 11:40 am

Amazing views! I am happy to say I have experienced two of them. I climbed the Tour Eiffel in heels (!) and found St Peter’s Basilica to be a little claustrophobic. Hoping to add that beautiful Prague city view this fall. I also climbed a town in Bruges (of course now I can’t remember which one) but that city has several towers with lovely sights as well. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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Andrey Golubhon June 25, 2018 at 8:11 pm

We are frequently asked for our advice and recommendations on the best places to see the northern lights. There is no simple answer to this, because there are so many different places to see it and they can all be quite good, if the conditions are right.

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Clare (suitcases and sandcastles) June 26, 2018 at 4:40 am

Happy to say I’ve done all these apart from the one in Berlin. Our family loves climbing towers to get good city views. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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Angie (FeetDoTravel) June 28, 2018 at 7:19 pm

What a great post! I’ve done the London Eye, alas it was (typically) cloudy. Paris was a loooong time ago. St Peter’s Basilica was very special, I recall walking up the tiny spiral steps to reach the top but it was so worth it. I like to seek out city views and spot landmarks down below. Pinned! #feetdotravel

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Shona June 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Fabulous views & pics. I’ve seen the views from some of these but your bonus view @ Castel Sant’Angelo brought back wonderful memories.

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Life Images by Jill July 13, 2018 at 6:01 pm

I love city views and these are magnificent. We had a trip to Spain & Italy in May, and because we were on a tour just went where we were taken, but we had a wonderful view of the Grand Canal from a building somewhere near Rialto Bridge…. and over the rolling green hills on a cable car from “the Renon” somewhere up in the Dolomite Mountains where we travelled from Bolzano when staying in Trento.
Happy travels, and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

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