World's Coolest Observation Decks

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Find some of the world’s most thrilling views atop a growing number of observation decks.

Fernsehturm, Berlin

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Granted, the world is full of crazy-looking, Sputnik-inspired TV towers, but the 1,207-foot-tall concrete shaft that the East Germans planted in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz in 1969 has an especially curious history; it allowed East Germans to see, among other things, the city on the other side of the Wall—although longtime Berliners swear that the interpretive maps up top used to depict West Berlin as a blur.

Observe This: To make the elevator ride down more of a challenge, stop in at the “highest bar in Berlin” and try the 360 Cocktail: Smirnoff vodka, Triple Sec, Gordon’s Dry Gin, vanilla syrup, lime juice, and cranberry juice. —Karrie Jacobs

World's Coolest Observation Decks

Fernsehturm, Berlin

Granted, the world is full of crazy-looking, Sputnik-inspired TV towers, but the 1,207-foot-tall concrete shaft that the East Germans planted in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz in 1969 has an especially curious history; it allowed East Germans to see, among other things, the city on the other side of the Wall—although longtime Berliners swear that the interpretive maps up top used to depict West Berlin as a blur.

Observe This: To make the elevator ride down more of a challenge, stop in at the “highest bar in Berlin” and try the 360 Cocktail: Smirnoff vodka, Triple Sec, Gordon’s Dry Gin, vanilla syrup, lime juice, and cranberry juice. —Karrie Jacobs

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