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.
If your new here you might want to go back and check out my North America From Above posts featured in January and February. Here is part one, part two and part three. Or part one of Europe from Above.
Last week, with the help of some of the most well travelled people I know, we took you on a journey through Europe from above. From Paris to Budapest, London to Lisbon and so many more in between we helped you to get that view too on your next trip to Europe. And this week is no different!
So lets get right into it with the next 14 Europe from Above photos.
Adri – City of the Week
The cheapest way to admire a 360 degree panoramic view of Sibiu, often considered Romania’s most beautiful city, is from the Council Tower. The tower can easily be reached by foot from the center of the city. For a symbolic fee of 0.5 Euros, one can check out a photography exhibit, the old clock which is still functional today, and a view of the Old Town, the Evangelic Church and the Făgăraș Mountains lurking in the background.
Sarah – Live Dream Discover
Meteora is a UNESCO World Heritage site located just a 5 hour train or car ride from Athens. Here you will find yourself amazed by the massive rocky pinnacles atop which are precariously perched monasteries dating as far back as the 14th century. These sanctuaries were painstakingly built by monks who had to scale the cliff faces and use ropes to haul up the building materials. Today six of the remaining monasteries are open for public viewing and can be reached by climbing stone steps which were built into the sides of the cliffs in the 1920s.
St. Peter’s Church (Pēterbaznīca), Riga, Latvia
Inta – Curious Cat Expat
This was quite a significant trip for me. My parents were born in Latvia and had to flee their country during WWII when the Soviets invaded. I was raised in the USA infused with the Latvian culture – speaking, reading, and even going to Latvian school to keep the culture strong. This was ‘THE’ trip back to the family roots (Latvia), with my immediate family. (Three generations – my parents, my sister, my sister’s children and me). The feeling of standing with my family, overlooking this beautiful city, our Motherland, is indescribable.
Ania – Hitchhikers Handbook
This breathtaking view of Barcelona and the Mediterranean was taken from Tibidabo mountain. At 512 metres (1,680 ft), it is the highest peak in the Serra de Collserola range surrounding the city. A trip up to the top is definitely worth it and not only for the spectacular view itself. At the summit you will also find the stunning Sagrat Cor church, topped by a sculpture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as well as a small amusement park. The mountain can be reached from the centre of Barcelona (Pl. Catalunya) for 1-8€.
Lake Annecy, France
Aileen – I Am Aileen
Lac d’Annecy is the 3rd largest lake in France and one of the main natural attractions in Annecy—a south-eastern commune which is dubbed as the ‘Venice’ of the French Alps. Today, this lake is known as Europe’s cleanest and tourists would often choose to go paragliding in order to see its entirety. To be able to do this, simply go to Planfait-Landing to enroll to a paragliding shop — they will take you up to Col de la Forclaz alps in a van in order to start the thrilling activity (at the same time, you can also enjoy the mountain view!).
Rock of Gibraltar
Lance – Travel Addicts
The Rock of Gibraltar, a 426 meter high piece of limestone, offers stunning views of tiny Gibraltar, Southern Spain and North Africa. Given its location at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, it has been of strategic military importance for centuries. From the Top of the Rock, you can see why – the views are spectacular! We visited on a day with high clouds, but could see the entire coast of Spain and Morocco was visible across the channel.
Ladies View, Ireland
Grace – The Beauty of Everywhere
This shot was taken from Ladies View, which is a viewing point on the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. The lakes, hills and mountains are all part of Killarney National Park and it’s possible to see for miles on a clear day. During Queen Victoria’s visit to Ireland in 1861, her ladies were particularly impressed by this view of the park. As a result, the area was proudly named and it still remains very popular with visitors to Co.Kerry. Ladies View is a 12 mile drive from Killarney on the N71.
Sankt Goar, Germany
Jen – The Vacation Gals
Many fairy tale castles and town dot the Rhine River in Germany; traveling along that river is a wonderful way to see the most romantic part of Germany. Sankt Goar, in the Middle Rhine region, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I took this above St. Goar from Burg Rheinfels, a ruined castle with a modern hotel and restaurant in its interior and on its peak. This view, across the river, is of Sankt Goarshausen (also part of the UNESCO site). It has two castles as well; Cat and Mouse (Burg Katz and Burg Maus). St. Goar and St. Goarshausen are historically linked, with the latter begin smaller and with a correspondingly smaller population.
St Peter’s Basilica, Rome
Katie – Around the World in Katie Days
This photo is taken from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Climbing to the top of this church is not widely known; it wasn’t until my 3rd time in Rome that I discovered it was even possible! The entrance is on the far right of the building (past the gift shop). An elevator takes you to the roof, but your feet must take you the rest of the way. Climb through the narrow, winding and tiny steps to the top of the cupola for amazing views of Vatican City and Rome!
The Shard, London
Suzanne – The Travelbunny
The View from the Shard on floors 69-72 of London’s tallest building is the only place where it is possible to see all of England’s capital city at once. The 360 degree panoramic takes in the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Battersea Power Station, Wembley Stadium and the Olympic Park. In this picture you can see Tower Bridge and The Thames as it ribbons its way past Canary Wharf in the distance. To get to The Shard take the tube to London Bridge (Northern Line, Jubilee Line) or the Overground/Network Rail to London Bridge – just step outside, you can’t miss it! The entrance is in Bermondsey Street, SE1
Arc du Triomphe, Paris
Maria – Travelling Buzz
The view from Arc de Triomphe is, in my opinion, the best one in Paris. You can see Champse-Elysee, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and almost every major site in Paris. Other spectacular views of Paris can be seen from Sacre Coeur and the Eiffel Tower, of course.
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Carolyn – Holidays to Europe
Although I’d heard a lot about Cesky Krumlov and had seen it photographed in travel magazines and on TV, the beauty of the town still took my breath away when I finally visited. Although it’s very popular on the tourist trail now, Cesky Krumlov still retains much of its non-touristy charm. The town boasts over 300 protected buildings as, miraculously, it escaped the bombings of World War II. Wandering the narrow, cobbled streets was like walking through a fairytale but the best views were from above – either from the Castle Tower (where this photo was taken) or the Castle walls. Both view points are easily reached on foot from the town centre.
And a few from me!
No sunset in the world quite compares to a Santorini sunset in my opinion. You can get this exact view, looking down over the caldera, from just about anywhere in the main town on the island of Santorini called Fira. There are restaurants and cafes galore lining the cliffs with stunning views just like this. Another very popular alternative is to head to the little village of Oia which is said to be the best place to watch the sunset every night on the island.
The Kremlin, Moscow
The Kremlin is fortified by massive walls that are up to 19 metres high and 6.5 metres thick in parts. There are a few spots accessible to the general public within these walls that rise high enough to see over them and out over the city, catching glimpses of the Moskva River and the coloured domes of the city’s religious buildings.
This is part two in a series of five posts about Europe From Above. Check out part one now and make sure you keep coming back to see the next three posts or use the bar at the very top of the screen to subscribe.
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