There is no better way to enjoy the beauty of any city than to see it from the air. Lots of metropolitan areas in Europe, the most popular tourist destinations, can boast of skylines or funiculars located across the urban area, so it is possible to enjoy all the city marvels and stunning panorama in full scale. These modes of transportation are adored by tourists, as they are the best observation decks and furthermore, they provide tourists the opportunity to take photographs with even more amazing backdrops.
Funicular in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is a great sightseeing point, as it is routed in the historic part of the city. In post-Soviet countries sky trails or funiculars are quite rare, and the one in Kyiv is likely to be the oldest. It was set up in 1905, having replaced the 500 steps ascent from Podol, the epoch-making district of fairs and craftsmen, to downtown Kiev. At present, the funicular offers the best view of the mighty Dnieper River and capital landscape. The carriages go every 2-3 minutes, and the key moment occurs when two meet each other head to head and then deftly ride on the saving junction at the very last moment.
Skyline in Innsbruck, Nordkettenbahnen, might be called a route from old to modern. It starts right from the historic part of the city with its old-fashioned buildings and heads to Nordpark, the skiing zone in city neighborhood. Apparently, it is not for nothing the design of funicular carriages reminds of large and shining lumps of ice, executed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid. It often attracts tourists who eagerly explore the panorama of Innsbruck from the glittering sun carriages. The journey lasts about 20 minutes and passes by the Alpine Zoo.
“Boarding” on Lisbon funicular is surely the best option to explore the city, which is known for great vertical drops. Local citizens call it Elevador da Glória and consider it to be the most convenient transport to get around the capital of Portugal. Speaking of its travel attractiveness, one should know it is the oldest funicular in Europe and has been operating around Lisbon since 1885. Not to mention, Elevador da Glória starts nearby at the the most visited observation deck in the city, Jardim de Sao Pedro de Alcantara. Here one can enjoy the stunning view of Lisbon’s old section.
In Madrid the skyline first began operating in 1969 and almost immediately it became the most visited travel attraction. Its route is set up to bring passengers from highly trafficked streets to Casa Del Campo, literally the lungs of Madrid. It is a great park situated on the outskirts of Madrid. The skyline features about 80 cabins, which travel at a distance of more than three km. The speed is slow enough to take pictures of the most known architectural highlights of the city, which is why the skyline is listed in top observation decks in Madrid.
In Italian city of Bergamo the funicular connects two major parts, divided by slopes of hills- Bergamo Alta, the upper historic part, and Bergamo Bassa, the lower modern downtown. Mountainous hills had attracted the attention of ancient Romans who later gave the city its name which means “a town on a mountain”. At present, Bergamo funicular is of great aid to overpass towering hills in the heart of urban area.
Guest post by Maria Kruk, an author for Madrid.net
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