Euromast

Euromast is an observation tower in Rotterdam built in 1960. Its main observation platform is at 96m, while the Space Tower, a mobile capsule that takes visitors up and down the antenna, goes up to 185m. It offers a great view of the city.

Above, Erasmusbrug.

Above, Het Park.

Above, the hotel New Ocean Paradise.

Above, looking towards the harbour.

Above, Space Tower coming down.

Above, barge going through a lock.

Above, The Hague in the distance.

Above, Kop van Zuid area.

Above, SS Rotterdam.

Above, preparing to board the Space Tower.

Above, looking towards the train station.

Above, port of Rotterdam from the Space Tower.

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Rooftop of Grande Arche de la Défense

La Grande Arche de la Défense is an office building in the business district of La Défense, west of Paris. After being closed for a few years, its rooftop was reopened to the public in 2017. It offers a good view of La Défense and the surrounding area.

Above, the Grand Arche from the ground.

Above, elevator shafts.

Above, entrance hall after getting out of the elevator.

Above, view of the skyscrapers of La Défense.

Above, Eiffel Tower.

Above, looking towards Arc de Triomphe.

Above, the glass panels are not directly at the edge of the platform.

Above, Parvis de la Défense.

Above, boardwalk to the other side of the Arche.

Above, Nanterre and the U Arena under construction.

Above, towers of bank Société Générale.

Above, the view is not quite 360˚.

Above, Areva tower.

Above, Bois de Boulogne.

Above, on the elevator on the way down.

Above, ticket booth.

Dome of Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre

The Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre is one of the best-known landmarks of Paris: Located at the top of Butte Montmartre, the white church is visible from the whole city and, at 200m, its dome is one of the highest points of Paris. It houses an observatory accessible only by stairs but the view at the top is worth the effort.

Above, skyscrapers of La Défense and Palais de Justice under construction.

Above, crowd in Montmartre.

Above, Eglise Saint-Pierre de Montmartre.

Above, Eiffel Tower.

Above, bell tower. The bell itself was forged by Paccard in Annecy-le-Vieux.

Above, the observatory is quite narrow.

Above, Gare du Nord.

Above, Halle Saint-Pierre.

Above, Eglise Saint-Vincent de Paul.

Above, Square Louise Michel.

Above, Tour Montparnasse and Dome of Les Invalides.

Above, TV relay tower of Romainville.

Above, on the way down.

Above, the Basilica from the ground.

La Terrasse des Galeries Lafayette

Les Galeries Lafayette is an upmarket French department store chain. Its flagship store is on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris: The rooftop (La Terrasse des Galeries Lafayette) is open to the public and offers a good view on Paris.

Above, dome of Les Invalides, roof of the church of La Madeleine, Eiffel Tower and Grand Palais.

Above, Cube Bar.

Above, Opéra Garnier.

Above, looking west.

Above, Coupole des Galeries Lafayette.

Above, looking south towards the Panthéon and the Paris 13 skyscrapers.

Above, another rooftop restaurant.

Above, Coupole seen from the floor of Les Galeries.

Observatoire de la Capitale

L’Observatoire de la Capitale is an observatory in Québec City. It offers a 360° view from the 31st floor of Edifice Marie-Guyart (altitude of 221m), near the Parliament of Québec. There was heavy rain when I visited so the visibility was limited but it was still interesting to see from above all the landmarks of the city.

Above, sculpture at Palais des Congrès, on the way to the Observatoire.

Above, Edifice Marie-Guyart. It is the highest building in Québec City.

Above, swimming pool at the Delta.

Above, Edifice Price and Château Frontenac in Old Québec.

Above, Parliament of Québec.

Above, Citadelle.

Above, Bassin Louise.

Above, Hôtel Le Concorde Québec.

Above, Plains of Abraham.

Above, Parc de la Reine.

Above, back on the ground.

Above, Delta on the other side of the street.