February 02, 2016

Andrej Ciesielski was one of the few people in the world who knew what the view from the top of the Great Pyramid of Giza looks like. The 18-year-old German tourist recently (illegally) climbed the ancient landmark while visiting Egypt—and then shared a video of his endeavor. Unlike the tourist who clambered up the Brooklyn Bridge for a selfie, the only sign of Ciesielski you see are his arms flailing in victory when he made it to the top and the back of his head during some shots intended to capture the amazing view. In short: this one is for you, travelers who are too wary to climb the 455-foot pyramid on foot. 

As you can imagine, the police weren't too happy with his stunt, but let him go after an hour of questioning at the police station—no charges made against him. The really amazing part of this whole ordeal is that according to Ciesielski, it only took him eight minutes to scale the pyramid. On the flip side, it took him much longer to safely dismount (20 minutes). Check out the views in the thrill-seeker's video above.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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