Every city has its own distinctive way of architecture, culture and a lifestyle. It’s agreeable to capture the narrowest of lanes to experience the local life of the city, however, vantage points on the other hand, summarise the place as you would love it beyond the look and feel. This is also true that vantage points across Europe always promise a good view. Here are some free accessible vantage points across Europe that are definitely not worth a miss, afterall a complimentary pleasure with a little extra effort doesn’t harm anyone.
One Two Three Action. Keep strolling along the Mediterranean coastline praising the beauty of the French Riviera when you finally reach the Neon lit sign of ILoveNice. Be ready to climb the Castle Hill and discover a new sight of the city with every curve. By the time you reach the peak, the perfect harmony of the blue sea and the orange house terraces awaits your attention. Dare to blink, for you might just miss a glimpse of this beautiful city.
Done with Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse Tower? After shelling out your pockets, it’s time for some free stuff! Sacré-Coeur or The Basilica of the Sacred Heart in the Montmartre region of Paris is an eloquent Roman Catholic church that affirms a good view- both of the Cathedral and of that region of the city. With a perspective representation of Montmartre, the delight of being here doubles when you climb the stairs and enjoy a spectacular view.
After spending a handsome fare to have a bird eye view of the cities like Pisa and Venice, a free pass to view Florence from a vantage point is absolutely inviting. From Piazzale Michelangelo, capture the essence of the city as it drenches in an euphony of pure joy. Mark the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the highlight of the city as it stands high and with pride. Also to compliment the view, enjoy the embarking statue of David , tuscany meadows and a restaurant serving good snacks and wine.
One of those vantage points where a past story unwinds to create a new one. Visit the Schönbrunn Palace for that perfect, flawless, immaculate view. From the royal gardens, pave your way up to the little fort on the hill top to glorify a view that is worth no comparison. Inviting boulevards, peaceful houses on both sides and a musical city- as the world just stops here.
A few miles up the Marjan hills in Split and one could see the city in its purest form. The perfect blue colour of the Adriatic sea is so enchanting to eyes that it is completely easy to forget that the day also comes to an end! But then relish the night view. What is more inviting is a restaurant Teraca Vidilica which serves good food and champagne while you sink in this splendid city of unparalleled charm.
What could be a better option than to climb up to the Calton hill and witness the old town and the new town- both at a single glance. Well that’s Edinburgh. Where the new town is more shabby and untidy in its structure, competing against it is the old town flaunting the rich heritage and legacy of the city. Enjoy from this point the victory of history over misery.
Why to bother for a cable ride when you can have dual fun of a trek and sightseeing! Skip the cable ride and trek up the Buda Castle to enjoy the beautiful view of the river Danube and the adjoining sister city Pest. Snap the best pictures of the chain bridge, reveal the mystery of which building is the tallest and get hypnotised in the charm of the city. Spoiler Alert: If you are still wondering which building is taller- the Hungarian Parliament or the St. Stephen’s Basilica, well the answer is they both are of same height- exactly 96 meters high! From Buda castle, you can also walk up to the Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion.
Mont-Salève features an impeccable blend of the beauty borrowed from the regions of Switzerland and France. Overlooking the city of Geneva, the mountain peak can be reached via a cable car, trek or a calm car drive. Get drunk in the elegance of the city unfolds itself accentuating its varied and various colours. Enjoy the view, picnic, paraglide, visit the Buddhist monastery, have a bite- this attraction has all the ingredients of a perfect family time spent.
I hope you enjoy these free accessible vantage points across Europe. Ofcourse there are many more such points and I would keep adding them in this article.
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