The Best Vistas in Europe

Are you traveling in Europe and looking for the best scenery and views? In almost every country you can find spectacular vistas, but Europe offers some of the best. Here are some of the best places to enjoy Europe’s beauty.

The Shard Viewing Platform, London

On top of the Shard, London’s tallest building; you can get stunning panoramic views of both the city and the Thames. The viewing galleries are on floors 68-72 and are open to the public. For visitors who wish to linger a bit longer, there is also wide selection of restaurants as well as the Shangri-La Hotel.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris

Perhaps no experience is as iconic of a trip to Paris as seeing the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower. To get there, you start by climbing the long staircase up to the glass elevator, which will take you all the way to the top, where you can see Paris at 360 degrees. On clear days, you can even see the paris train entering or leaving the station.

Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway

Snaking up the coast of Norway, the Atlantic Ocean Road offers stunning ocean views combined with the rocky landscapes and traditional fishing villages. The road also includes several high bridges that connect the islands to the road, which allow you to see everything from a bit of altitude. Depending on where you are along the road, you may be able to see one of the many Norwegian fjords as well, which dot the ruggedly beautiful coastline.

Manarola, Italy

This tiny village is perched on the cliffs of Cique Terre, northern Italy. With its brightly-painted houses set just above the bright blue Mediterranean, Manarola is like a living postcard image. The region also offers excellent hiking opportunities and delicious local wine.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

The Garmisch-Partenkichen is a small resort town nestled in the Bavarian Alps in southern Germany. Here you can explore these stunningly beautiful mountains on foot while taking in the breathtaking views. Nearby, you can also see Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

The top of the striking (and unfinished) Sagrada Familia offers truly incredible views of the city as well as the sea. To get to the top, climb up the narrow staircases until you reach the viewing platform, which also gives you a chance to see the detail of this architectural masterpiece up close.

Meteora, Greece

The Meteora, which means “suspended rocks” in Greek, is one of the most important monasteries in the Greek Orthodox faith. Perched on top of sandstone cliffs, the Meteora juts out of the green forest below, creating a beautiful mix of colors. The monastery is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photo by juan_c_munoz on Flickr.

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