Every major city has that one vantage point that simply takes your breath away. Whether it be the top of Rockefeller Center in New York City to the Arlington National Cemetery overlooking “The Mall” in Washington, D.C. In a region rich in history and culture, it is easy to overlook the big picture and simply focus on the smaller details. Here are our top three views in Eastern Europe.
At number three is the observation tower at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. This stadium was once home to the infamous 1936 games, filled with triumphs, tragedies, and political undertones. It was here where Jesse Owens received the gold medal and became the first African American to accept the award. It was here where Hitler covered the games with Nazi propaganda, teasing his “Third Reich” to follow in the coming years. Now, it is a tourist attraction. The screaming fans and symbolic speech have been replaced by silence. At the top of the observation deck, your eyes are treated to a view of Berlin and the stadium where the games were held. On your way up, you receive a great history lesson that describes how these games were pivotal during the lead-up to World War II. If you want to make the view even more gorgeous, visit Berlin during the winter. The observation deck will be bone-chilling cold, but the snow covered building is a truly remarkable sight.
At number two is the view from Prague Castle, looking down on the Czech capital. Prague castle contains many of the country’s political headquarters, including the legislature and the executive branch. Many bureaucratic organizations call this palace home as well. From the top, you are treated to a spectacular view of Prague, easily one of our favorite cities in Eastern Europe. From here, landmarks like the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and the Jewish Quarters can all be captured in one stunning photograph.
Finally, at number one, is the gorgeous Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest. The drive to this wonderful vantage point is an experience in itself, as you cross from the heavily populated Pest district into the more serene, mountainous Buda region. Kids will have a blast navigating the catacombs of this old fortress. Up at the top of this hill is a stunning castle, a rugged military base loaded with cannons and other forms of medieval weaponry, and a gorgeous cathedral. If you can’t get enough of this gorgeous view of Budapest, featuring the old synagogue, the parliament building, and many of the city’s cathedrals, consider calling it your home away from home. The Fisherman’s Bastion after all wouldn’t be complete without a Hilton hotel, located within the palace quarters offering some of the most stunning views of Budapest. We recommend checking out the Fisherman’s Bastion both at day and by night, as it offers two different spectacular views of Hungary’s majestic capital.