The Shard is most expensive view in Europe

Going up in the world for the best vantage points is not cheap, survey reveals

The view from The Shard tower close to London Bridge is the most expensive in Europe, according to the online comparison and search portal, TicketLens.

The portal has published a list of the most expensive views around the world. The study firstly uncovered the 100 tallest buildings around the globe with observation decks and then selected the 75 with entrance fees.

The observation deck at The Shard

The final ranking includes the height of the tallest viewing platform, the price of admission, and the price per metre above ground in a bid to show the monuments that offer the highest platforms for your pound.

Observation decks and skylines are a popular attraction for sightseers enjoying a city-break, offering time for reflection and relaxation. The study aims to help holidaymakers plan ahead and enjoy the high life without the need to break the bank.

The following table includes the ranking of the top 20 most expensive views worldwide, including year of completion, height, ticket price and price per metre.

The full ranking of all 75 monuments is available on this website.

Further findings:

  • The Burj KhalifaDubai, ranks 1st. The observation deck of the tallest building in the world is 585 metres high and costs £79.49.
  •  New York ranks three times in the top 10The One World Trade Centre has the highest observation deck in the USA; but the Empire State Building has the most expensive admission, at £45.76.
  • The Eiffel Tower, Paris, ranks 16th. Completed in 1889, the iron tower is the second oldest monument in the ranking. The Eiffel Tower is 324 metres high with a viewing deck at 276 metres. Admission costs £22.52 – or £0.08 per metre.
  • In 30th place, the Auckland Sky Tower, New Zealand, is £16.51 for admission. This is half the price of The Shard at £32.
  • Germany secures seven places in the ranking, with the Berlin TV Tower, the tallest building in Germany, in the 19th place. Admission costs £16.78
  • China has 19 monuments in the rankingThe Canton Tower, Guangzhou, ranks 2nd and highest for China. It’s 604 metres tall with an observation deck at 488 metres.
  • Also in Asia a familiar name – the King Power Tower – features at No 13. King Power is the duty free outfit perhaps best known in the UK for its sponsorship/ownership of Leicester City football club.
  • The view from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa may be the most expensive in the world according to admission costs; but at £0.20 per meter, the Etihad Towers T1, Abu Dhabi, is the most expensive relative to height.
  • The only monument in South America to secure a place in the top 75 ranking is the Torre Costanera in Santiago, Chile, in 36th place, with an admission price of £16.96. The 64-storey skyscraper is the tallest building in South-America and the third tallest building in the southern hemisphere.
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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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