Viewing platform is an open space at a high point on the mountain or on a tall building which gives you panoramic view of the surroundings. It is often an outdoor platform, but it can also be an indoor one. These viewing observatories are specially made either for site viewing or for general observation. There are many amazing and breath-taking viewing platforms in the world, and through this collection we’ll show you some scary-but-awesome ones. So, here the thrill begins.
#1 Top of Tyrol viewing platform
Viewing platform of Top of Tyrol is made by Astearchitecture in the Stubai glacier, Tylor Austria. It is located at an altitude of 3000 m and juts out beyond the rocks by 9 meters. Top of Tyrol is built from the weathering steel to handle the extreme weather conditions. This vantage platform was built within a couple of weeks only back in 2008.
#2 AlpspiX viewing platform
AlpspiX viewing platform is in Garmisch-Partenkirchen region of Germany. The viewing platform is 1,000m high and provides panoramic views of Hoellental and Garmisch. Crossing in an ‘X’ shape over an abyss at the base of the AlpspiX Mountain, both arms of the tower are 24m long, while extending out 13m over an empty void, with the other 11m anchored into the rock.
#3 Aurland lookout viewing platform
This amazing viewing platform Aurland Lookout is in Norway. Aurland lookout is designed by Todd Saunders and Tommie Whilesman. For this mazing structure they also won the first prize of an invited competition. The structure was the part of a program on tourist routes commissioned by the Norwegian Highway Department.
#4 Five fingers viewing platform
Five fingers is also known as the World Heritage View Point. The viewing platform is in the shape of a hand with five figures. The platform is extended on the sheer rock face and about 2,108m high from the ground. The 5 different levels are 4 x 1 m in size, offer spectacular insight and views of Hallstättersee Lake and the inner Salzkammergut region, Austria.
#5 Glass viewing platform of China
Asia’s largest glass viewing platform is in Tian-Sheng-San-Qiao, China. It is located on the top of a cliff about 1,200 meter above the sea level. The beautiful glass viewing platform is designed by more than 20 top-notch experts from the country as well as foreign land. The viewing platform is jutting out 26 feet from a cliff edge. This amazing tourist attraction in China is one of the most popular scenic spots around. Each square pane of the glass viewing platform has been built from three layers of reinforced glass, which means it can withstand a weight of up to 10 tonnes.
#6 Triangular viewing platform
This triangular viewing platform is built over the cliff of Gaularfjell, Norway. It offers the view of fjords, mountains and valleys from two thousand feet up. The structure’s design is simple but jaw dropping. Isn’t it?
#7 Yuanduan glass skywalk
Yuanduan, the world’s largest glass skywalk, is located in Chongqing, China. It extends 87.5ft from the edge of a cliff, allowing visitors to feel as though they are walking on air with the valley floor 2,350ft below their feet. The bridge structure is in the shape of horseshoe offering dizzing views to the visitors.
#8 Grand Canyon Skywalk
Grand Canyon Skywalk, as we all know is a glass walkway in Arizona, near the Colorado River. The horseshoe-shaped glass bridge protrudes from the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon West area of the main Canyon.
#9 Tilted-top box hut
This amazing Tilted-top box hut is protruded on the cliff of Saint-Loup Mountain in Montpellier region. It is designed by French architect Christophe Benichou. The tilting appearance creates the feeling of motionless fall or an imminent flight. The cliff provides 360 panoramic views right from the Mediterranean to the Cévennes. Its architecture offers a completely new experience and relaxation to visitors.
#10 Dachstein Sky Walk
The Dachstein Sky Walk Viewing platform is located in the Alps, Austria. The bridge viewing platform provides impressive view of south face the valley. It gives you the unforgettable mountain view that is 250m above the sheer rock face of the Hunerkogel mountain.
#11 Cardada observation platform
Switzerland’s Cardada observation platform is built on the Cimetta mountain summit, and is 1671m above the land. This observation viewing platform offers a view of the entire region of Lake Maggiore, the Centovalli and the Maggie valley.
#12 Trauttmansdroff viewing platform
Trauttmansdroff viewing platform is located in the botanical garden of the Trauttmansdroff castle, Meran, Bolzano, Italy. It allows visitors to see the ground from a unique vantage point. The viewing platform is 25m high and has a 20m foot span. The structure is designed by the Italian architect Matteo Thun. The most unusual element of the design is its hood shade that covers the end of the platform.
#13 Tilt viewing platform
Chicago’s most thrilling attraction is Tilt viewing platform. It is housed in 360 Chicago on the 94th floor of John Hancock tower. It is first of its kind ride in the world that can hold 8 visitors at a time. The walled glass and steel platform tilts visitors forward for new experience of the city’s Magnificent Mile.
#14 Stairway to nothingness
Stairway to nothingness is the viewing platform in Dachstein Massif mountain of Austria. The glass platform is the part of an Austrian resort. The suspended bridge and glass platform offers spectacular view of Austrian Alps. This viewing platform is situated at a height of 400m above solid ground.
#15 Eureka Sky deck 88
Eureka Sky deck 88 is an observatory in Melbourne. It is about 285m above the ground and offers 360 view of the city. The observatory is on the 88th floor of the Eureka tower building. The amazing bit about this observatory, well, it’s all enclosed by glass which gives you the interesting view of the night time cityscape.
#16 Skydeck in Chicago
Skydeck is the tallest building in the western hemisphere, Chicago located 1,353 feet in the air. The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the Skydeck. The building offers spectacular views spanning up to four states in all directions.
#17 Step into the Void
Step into the Void is the glass cube viewing platform in France. It is Located atop the Aiguille du Midi, at an altitude of 3842m, in the Mont Blanc Massif range. The structure is built from the three layer tempered glass, and it can withstand winds of 220km\h and a maximum temperature of 60 degree celcius.
#18 Glass sightseeing platform
This amazing glass sightseeing platform is located in the Stone Forest Gorge Park at Pinggu district in Beijing. The specialty of the platform is, it looks like a UFO disc. The glass platform is the world’s largest observation deck that hovers 32.8 meter out from the cliff and 1,300 feet high from the land. Breathtaking, isn’t it?
#19 Gap-lookout viewing platform
The Gap-lookout provides outstanding views of the Surging Sea that is in Albany, Western Australia. The bridge is 40m above the sea. The amazing lookout platform is supported by five cantilevered beam that follows the natural shape of the rocky surface.
# 20 Messner Mountain Museum Corones
This astonishing Messner Mountain Museum Corones by Zaha Hadid, located at the summit plateau of plan de Corones in the Italian Alps. The structure offers a jaw-dropping view that is based around mountainous South Tyrol region. Specialty of the Museum is you can descend into the mountain and end up on the other side with overhanging terrace with panoramic view of Zillertal Alps.
#21 Capilano suspension bridge Park
Capilano suspension bridge Park is a cantilevered walkaway in the Vancouver, British Columbia. The suspension bridge stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230-feet (70m) above the Capilano River. Cliff walk is the new the attraction of the park. It is a cantilevered walkway clinging to the granite cliff high above the Capilano Canyon.
# 22 Ørnesvingen viewing platform
Ørnesvingen Viewing Platform along the steep valley road sides of Gieranger-fjord in Møre and Ramsdal. Located on its bends, the viewpoint gives tourists breathtaking views over the acknowledgement UNSECO world heritage site.
#23 CN tower Canada
The CN tower of Canada is the most thrilling attraction in its history. It is about 1,167ft (356m) above the ground, the EdgeWalk will reward the brave with some breathtaking open-air views of Canada’s largest city, Lake Ontario and Buffalo, NY. It is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge.
#24 Glacier Skywalk
The Glacier Skywalk is a glass floor viewing platform, and is 918ft high. The glass walk is situated above a deep canyon, midway between Jasper and Banff National Parks. This viewing platform is ‘one-of-a-kind interpretive experience’. It is jutted 100ft from the Alberta rocks, allowing tourists to walk out over Jasper National Park. The structure is in U-shape that gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the glacier.
#25 Mirador en la laguna del Quilotoa
This teak viewing platform is a beautiful viewing deck, especially made to experience the incredible view of Quilotoa Lake. The viewing platform is located in Ecuador, South America at the height of 12,000-feet. The project is designed by Javier Mera Jorge Andrade and Daniel Moreno for the Ministry of Tourism.