The Shard

My brother is in the UK right now and when he asked me what he should see in London, I suggested he visit The Shard. Have you heard of it? The 1,016 foot, 72-story building is the tallest building in Western Europe and twice as high as any other observation deck in London. It's trying to be known as a vertical city because it houses offices, apartments, a hotel, and restaurants. It opened to the public in February and you are able to travel to the 68th, 69th, and 72nd floors to take in a 360 view of the city.

The Shard and the city

Tower bridge and shard - view

Shard's spire

The Shard - the public viewing gallery

I'm a sucker for observations decks and this one is definitely on my list. Here are the other ones I've been to:

Space Needle, Seattle - 605 feet
Observation at 520 feet

Stratosphere Tower, Las Vegas - 1,149 feet
Observation at 869 feet
Tallest observation tower in the US

Eiffel Tower, Paris Hotel Las Vegas - 541 feet
Observation at 460 feet

Gateway Arch, St Louis - 630 feet
Tallest monument in the US

Empire State Building, NYC - 1,454
Observation at 1,250 feet

GE Building  NYC - 850 feet
Top of the Rock observation at 850

Statue of Liberty, NYC - 305 Feet
Pedestal observation at 154 feet (I climbed all 192 steps!)

The London Eye, London 443

Eiffel Tower, Paris - 1,050 feet
Observation at 915 feet

I really need to ride the Great Wheel (175 feet) and visit Columbia Center (932 feet) here in Seattle soon.
What observation decks have you been to?


Gwen said...

I haven't been to Vegas, London or Paris (yet) but I've done the others on your list plus the World Trade Center and the CN Tower in Toronto. My husband has developed a fear of heights. He'll to to an observation deck but he gets very nervous!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

The only one I've done is the former World Trade Center.

Misty said...

I think I'm going to stay away from all of these. Misty is scared of heights.

Steph G said...

Top of the Rock is my favorite!

Jo said...

I've done the Empire State Building, and the Eiffel Tower, Paris. But I would love to go up the Shard.

I'm hoping to pop over the channel later this year so I'll let you know if I make it to top.

Karen M. Peterson said...

Um...I saw The Towering Inferno. I know that putting all that stuff in one building is just asking for trouble. ;-)

I would totally go up to the observation deck, though. I've been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, the Space Needle, and the Empire State Building. I can't stay away from tall buildings.

Jen said...

I've never heard of the Shard but it looks amazing!