The streets of London are always buzzing. From the frantic bustle of the working day to the late-night parties, the capital is full of life and colour. That’s what makes it such a fantastic place to visit. If you’re thinking of dropping by, make sure you spend some time soaking up the culture with long walks through London’s most exciting neighbourhoods.
Once you’re done though, it’s time to reflect. That’s where the city’s many beautiful viewpoints come in. Take some time out to yourself and see London from above in all its glory.
This week, we’re exploring some of Europe’s capitals from above. Join us on this tour of some of the best viewpoints in Europe.
Carmel Hill, Barcelona
Barcelona is one of Europe’s true gems – a city of fine arts and architecture snuggled up tightly next to the Balearic Sea. The cities hillsides and attractions offer some fantastic views over the city, but few are as atmospheric or inspiring as the world-famous Park Guell. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site is an absolute must for your itinerary when you visit Barcelona.
Gellért Hill, Budapest
Once called the Paris of the East – Budapest is a spectacular capital populated with masterpieces of baroque architecture. Its skyline is a blend of the ancient and the modern, reflecting the city’s unique culture – at once hipster and heritage. Make the long climb up Gellért Hill to the Citadella and you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view across the Danube River and one of the best viewpoints in Europe. While you’re there, make sure you take some time to explore the historic building and its grounds.
The Monument, London
Sure, the Monument definitely isn’t the highest viewpoint in London. The Shard or Skybar, for instance, will take you far further above the city streets. However, there’s something magical about climbing the 311 steps of the Square Mile’s dedication to the Great Fire of London. For one, the Monument sits right in the centre of the City of London overlooking London Bridge. This gives one the feeling of not just being above the city, but also a part of it – an observer in the midst of the UK’s beating heart. Connect with London’s heritage and learn a little something along the way.
Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris
“What? Not the Eiffel Tower?”, I hear you cry, “surely it’s the best view in the city!”. Well, no, as a matter of fact. And there’s one obvious reason for that. When you’re standing at its peak looking down on the Paris skyline, you’ll notice there’s an iconic structure that’s totally invisible from this viewpoint – the Eiffel Tower itself! If you want the classic view of Paris, we recommend the view from the Sacré-Cœur dome. You’ll be able to add in a walk through one of the capital’s best-loved districts on the way there.
Dubrovnik is the real-life King’s Landing from the hit TV show Game of Thrones. You’ll immediately recognise the city’s iconic red rooftops and white stonework from its key scenes. What you might not know, however, is that the real city is equally as spectacular as its fictional sister city. Head out of the centre and along the coast to the fantastic Lawrence Fort for a view of the city’s amazing sea walls.
For more of the UK’s snap-happy spots, make sure you check out our guided tours of the capital’s most popular destinations. They’re a great way to see the most beautiful parts of the city and grab those all-important Instagram shots.