World's Coolest Observation Decks

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© Reinhold Goehlmann

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

Holtriem Windpark, Westerholt, Germany

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There are many energy-generating wind turbines in the world, but few offer viewing opportunities for intrepid climbers. Here, in this small village 100 miles northwest of Bremen, inside one of the wind park’s 210-foot-tall towers, panorama junkies can climb 297 stairs for an unsurpassed view of northern Germany. The coolest part? Feeling the whoosh of the massive 100-foot-long blades as they swing past, just yards away on the other side of the glass.

Observe This: One former tour guide warns that children may be frightened by the turbine’s noise—and the tower’s tendency to sway in the wind. —Jeff Koyen

World's Coolest Observation Decks

Holtriem Windpark, Westerholt, Germany

There are many energy-generating wind turbines in the world, but few offer viewing opportunities for intrepid climbers. Here, in this small village 100 miles northwest of Bremen, inside one of the wind park’s 210-foot-tall towers, panorama junkies can climb 297 stairs for an unsurpassed view of northern Germany. The coolest part? Feeling the whoosh of the massive 100-foot-long blades as they swing past, just yards away on the other side of the glass.

Observe This: One former tour guide warns that children may be frightened by the turbine’s noise—and the tower’s tendency to sway in the wind. —Jeff Koyen

© Reinhold Goehlmann
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