While traveling, I always have a few of the same goals, no matter where I am. Find the best coffee shops, best wineries, and best panoramic views of the city. There is hardly anything that gives me as much satisfaction as these three things do. Particularly, finding sweeping views of the city is always a goal I have that makes me feel accomplished. Whether it be from the top of a restaurant, hotel, or mountain, anything that elevates me above the city inspires me, warms my heart, and is a feast for my eyes. Below you’ll find the best European city views.
Sofitel Hotel – Vienna, Austria
The Sofitel Hotel is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Vienna along the Danube River. You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel so experience the views from above. Just take the elevators to the 18th floor restaurant, Das Loft, to discover the panoramic views from inside.
Ljubljana Castle – Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana Castle stands tall on Castle Hill, overlooking downtown Ljubljana. While it is free to climb up to the castle, entrance inside will set you back approximately 10 Euros. Worth it? I think so.
The Belfort Tower is a Medieval clock tower standing tall in the town center of Bruges. Climbing a whopping 366 steps to get to the top is worth it seeing as you have access to panoramic views of Brugge. The climb to the top will set you back about 12 Euros.
Gravensteen Castle – Ghent, Belgium
While the Granvensteen Castle has very little to offer, if you are dying to see Ghent from above, this is the way to go. This Medieval castle built by Philip of Alsace will set you back 10 Euros.
Sacre-Coeur – Paris, France
The Sacre-Coeur is located in the Montmartre district of Paris. This Roman Catholic Church is the highest point in the city. The best part is you can make an entire day out of visiting Montmartre. Check out the city landscape and then escape into the many winding streets behind Sacre-Coeur. Oh, and it is all for free, even entrance inside the church!
Being significant for representing 200 years of Christianity, Millenium Cross was built in 2002 and sits on top of Vodno Mountain in Skopje. You can take the active route and hike up the mountain to reach the top. Or you can take a taxi to the cable car and access the top via cable car. OR, you can do a little of both! Take a taxi to the cable car and instead of riding up, hike the rest of the way. The cable car is situated about half way between the bottom and top of the mountain.
W Hotel Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
The W Hotel is a luxury hotel located on the far east side of Barcelona, sitting on the Balearic Sea. It’s no wonder this location made my list, sweeping views of Barcelona and the sea?! You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to enter the Eclipse Cocktail Bar and Night Club located on the 26th floor of the hotel. Do note, however, that Eclipse does not open until 1800. Starting around 1730 a line usually forms to enter, so plan accordingly.
SushiSAMBA – London, England
SushiSAMBA is a restaurant located on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower. This indoor/outdoor experience allows you to see 360-degree views of the city, as well as holds the honor of being the highest outdoor dining terrace in Europe. You don’t need to pay to access the restaurant, but having a reservation does help. You can also come to just hang out at the outdoor bar, but it will set you back a pretty penny. *Image found on Google, from sushisamba.com*