The World From Above is a series on The Trusted Traveller that will be rolled out throughout the year. In each post I’ll be taking you above the world one region at a time. From Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania, nothing will be missed.
For now though its time to get on with my second region of the world, Europe!
With the help of some of the most well travelled people I know, we’ll be showing you Europe from above and helping you to get that view too on your next trip to Europe.
So lets get right into it with the first 14 Europe from Above photos.
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Hannah – Getting Stamped
Some of the best views of Paris are found at night. Make your way up to the top deck of the Eiffel Tower after sunset to watch Paris come to life at night. We caught an amazing sunset and stayed until 10pm when the entire city began to turn on the lights.
Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest
Betsy – Passing Thru
Many know Budapest is merged from two cities, but the reality is there were three: Pest, the more modern; Buda, where the Habsburgs built their palace; and Óbuda, which dates back to the Stone Age. Fisherman’s Bastion is a multi-level viewing terrace with seven towers, one for each of the ancient Magyar clans. It was built in 1895-1902 on the site of a medieval rampart from which fishermen who lived below defended the old city’s walls. Reach Fisherman’s Bastion by taking the Funicular from the Chain Bridge.
The Orbit, Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, London
Mark – Miles from Blighty
Taken just after The Orbit re-opened after the Olympics the view shows how much of East London still needs regeneration as well as a view of the City of London landscape in the distance.
Lizzie – Wanderful World
Climb up the winding streets of Alfama and head towards the sea. I captured the picture right outside the Decorative Arts Museum which is located in a small, open square right at the top of the hill.
Cathedral Tower, Salamanca
Estrella – Estrella Explores
Salamanca is a gorgeous medieval city known for its beautiful cathedral. This photo was taken from the top of the cathedral’s tower, Ieronimus. Each year thousands of international students move to the city to study at the prestigious University of Salamanca. Founded in 1134 it is the oldest university in Spain, and includes acclaimed writer Miguel Cervantes as an alumnus. The tall, domed structure on the left is part of the university’s campus.
St Michael’s Church, Hamburg
Aleah – Solitary Wanderer
If you like 360 degree views of cities, it’s highly recommended to visit St. Michael’s Church when you’re in Hamburg, Germany. From the belfry, you will get this view of the waterfront and the river Elbe. At the time this photo was taken, the city’s opera house, the ultra-modern Elbphilharmonie (12 o’clock position in the picture, the building with three cranes) was still under construction. You can use the stairs (453 steps) or the elevator in going up.
Landing in Bilbao, Spain
Leyla – Women on the Road
Bilbao as a Spanish travel destination is relatively new, having spent decades in a conflict that pitted the Basque separatists against Spain’s central government. There’s still not much love lost between the two but fighting stopped some years ago and Bilbao, rather than a city fraught with terrorism, has come into its own as a gastronomic hub. Its proximity to Guernica (the bombed town immortalized by Picasso) and its distinction as the home of Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum both attract visitors who then – like I did – swear they’ll return. I did.
Brenda – Dish Our Town
The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, is one of the finest architectural structures in all of Milan, Italy. Another architectural marvel, is it’s Duomo. Every time I visit this Northern Italian town, I try to get to the top of the Duomo and take pictures of the city’s underappreciated beauty. This shot was taken from the south end of the Duomo roof, and the arch you see from up top is the entrance to the Galleria. On the left hand side of the arch is a cafe, where years ago, my boyfriend, now husband, took me for our first cappuccino together.
Dom Tower, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Megan – Meganotravels
You have to pay an entrance fee and climb 465 steep stairs in a narrow spiral to the top of the Dom Tower to get this amazing view of Utrecht. Your thighs might be burning by the time you get up there, but the views of the canals and canal houses are definitely worth it, even on a rainy day! On a clear day, you may even be able to see Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Lycebettus Hill, Athens
Noel – Travel Photo Discovery
Lycabettus hill is the tallest hill in the center of Athens and it commands impressive views of the entire city. Usually the best time to go is late in the afternoon to sunset when the light is perfect and sunsets are magical. It is easy to walk to Lycabettus and a little exercise is the perfect excuse for a wonderful sunset meal on top.
Monterrat Abbey, Spain
Susan – Solo Trips and Tips
Take a day trip from Barcelona to Montserrat – about a one-hour train ride from the Placa Espanya station. Take the cable car or funicular to the Abbey and enjoy a visit to the Abbey then grab a picnic lunch at the store nearby. Take another cable car to the top of Montserrat for this spectacular view of the monastery. Hike the trails and enjoy a picnic lunch with scenic views. You have the option of buying a return ticket back down or enjoy the walk.
West Highland Way, Kinlochleven, Scotland
Gemma – Two Scots Abroad
This was one of my favourite views from the 96-mile trek along the west coast of Scotland. It began to rain as we ascended out of Kinlochleven but by the time we had reached the top, the sun was out and we managed to capture this amazing shot of angel rays over the valley. Beautiful. I encourage anyone that is visiting Scotland and who wants to see her true beauty to take on the West Highland Way challenge. I’m so pleased I did it before we leave for our 18 month career break!
Now a few from me!
This medieval bell tower dominates the Markt Square of the pretty little Belgium town of Bruges. The tower has had many uses in its life including serving as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger around Bruges. Currently the tower houses a treasure-chamber, an impressive clock mechanism and a carillon with 47 silver toned bells. You can climb the very narrow, steep staircase of 366 steps that leads to the top of the 83-metre-high tower and affords incredible views of Bruges and the surround countryside. On a clear day you can see for miles and miles.
Jungfrau, The Top of Europe, Switzerland
The Top of Europe is the term used to describe the highest railway station in Europe, Jungfraujoch, at 3,454m. The journey to Jungfraujoch is a long one but well worth the time and expense. The scenic train journey itself, via three different trains, is the biggest attraction, but once you reach the top there is a few things to do. Firstly make sure you head to the open air viewing platform to get the best view of the glacier and craggy peaks. Then you can have some fun by visiting the Ice Palace, taking a walk out onto the snow or by going sledging and skiing if you have a bit more time to spare.
This is just the first in a series of five posts about Europe From Above. Make sure you keep coming back to see the next four posts or use the bar at the very top of the screen to subscribe.
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