Have you been to an observation deck located very high above the ground that will enable you to observe amazing panoramic view of the surrounding area? An observation deck is defined as an elevated sightseeing platform usually situated upon a tall architectural structure such as a skyscraper or observation tower. Observation decks are sometimes enclosed from weather, as many skyscraper decks are, and usually include telescopes for viewing distant features. Some higher observation decks also existed on mountain peaks or cliffs, but these are not included in the list below which only mentions the current world’s ten highest public observation decks located on man-made structures.
- Outdoor Observation Deck at 148th floor (555 metres above ground), Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Additional note: Burj Khalifa is also the current tallest man-made structure in the world.
2. Outdoor Observation Deck (488 metres above ground), Canton Tower, Guangzhou, China. Additional note: Cool ‘bubble trains’!
3. Indoor Observatory at 100th floor (474 metres above ground), Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China. Additional note: The reflections are spectacular already when you are not even looking out for the view yet.
4. Observation Deck (451.2 metres above ground), Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo, Japan.
5. Observation Deck (446.7 metres above ground), CN Tower, Toronto, Canada.
6. Indoor Observatory at 103rd floor (412.7 metres above ground), Willis Tower, Chicago, United States of America. Additional note: Floating glass boxes…cool!
7. Indoor Observatory at 100th floor (393 metres above ground), International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong, China.
8. Outdoor Observatory at 91st floor (391.6 metres above ground), Taipei 101, Taipei, Taiwan.
9. Observatory at 102nd floor (386.6 metres above ground), One World Trade Center, New York City, United States of America.
10. Observatory at 86th floor of Tower 2 (370 metres above ground), Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Additional note: Can view close-up of its twin.
Would love to visit all of them. Out of the 10 above, I have only visited the 8th one, the Taipei 101 Observatory when I was on a family vacation to Taiwan back in 2008. It was then still the world’s highest outdoor observatory in the world. Everything on the ground like cars appear as tiny as insects when viewed from the observatory floors of the building which was that time also the tallest building in the world. I still remember it was a rainy day and so the sights were not clear and we were surrounded by heavy mist at that height.
I do love to visit observation decks as those places allow me to enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding city/town from a great height. We seldom get to see aerial view (we are not birds!), and so I do cherish every experience I had when visiting observation decks across the world. I have visited Eiffel Tower’s one too but it was another unlucky experience as it was also a rainy day and the view was not good. Hey…there is one in the top 10 list above which is so near to me and yet I have not visited before, the observatory in Petronas Twin Towers. Well, I’m a local and so there isn’t much surprise that we will not visit our own attractions. But if opportunity comes, I will try to visit it in near future too, just to get another good look of the city’s skyline from different perspective.
Our nearby KL Tower’s observatory at a height of 276 metres above ground is placed 20th in this particular ranking too. Not bad. And in my next year’s trip to Australia, I would visit another observatory, the Skydeck 88 in Eureka Tower (88th floor, 285 metres above ground) at Melbourne. It is ranked 17th highest while the Eiffel Tower’s one I mentioned earlier ranked at 19th with height of 276.1 metres above ground level.
Observation decks are certainly excellent places to visit unless you are afraid of height!
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)