The Empire State Building in New York. The Eiffel tower in Paris. The Shard in London.
And the Eureka Tower in Melbourne.
Observation decks offer us a spectualar view on cities from above. The streets we normally walk in, the streets we drive on, the buildings, parks, landmarks we visit. Suddenly all small down below. I love to view a city from above, the perspective is refreshing and exciting.
Some weeks ago we visited the Eureka tower in the heart of Melbournes' Southbank predinct - its 297 meters high, the highest building in Melbourne, and the observation deck is located on level 88. You have a great view all around, from St Kilda to the South, the CBD to the North, the harbour to the West and even the Skipping Girl sign can be seen from up here (tiny tiny in the distance).
We took the lift up just before the sunset, unfortunately it wasn't as spectacular as we hoped for.
But the view was still breathtaking and we waited for the Blue Hour and the many city lights.
I generally enjoyed it, the only thing that really really bothered me were the reflections in the windows. It was almost not possible to take a picture without reflection of the inside of the room... And my polaristion filter was at home, not on my camera. Grrr....
However, every annoying thing has a positive side and I took great pictures of the building reflecting in front of the skyline. Happy photographer again!
It was beautiful to see the city transform from daylight to nighttime, from dusk to blue. You can't see the end of Melbourne, only the Port Philipp Bay to one side doesn't shine with lights when its dark. Quite an amazing sight!!
Whats the best observation deck you have visited so far? I loved the Empire State Buidling (who doesn't really?) and the local skyscrapers in Frankfurt, my hometown.