The 10 tallest and most spectacular buildings in Europe.
When we choose to travel in city breaks, in addition to relaxation and cultural experience, we try to visit many tourist attractions. Some have spectacular architecture, others have impressive histories, but there are also buildings that attract by their height. No need to travel to America or Asia to see amazing buildings. Architects and construction engineers have managed to erect such buildings in Europe as well. Some of them were also very inventive when it came to mega-structures.
The tallest and most spectacular buildings in Europe.
10. Weather (Benidorm, Spain)
This skyscraper (189 m) was completed in 2014, 7 years after the start of the project. The Spanish real estate crisis has significantly slowed down the project. An apartment in this skyscraper is less expensive than any apartment in the most elegant neighborhoods of Paris, but the price is still higher than 6000 euros per square meter.
9. Turning Torso (Malmö, Sweden)
Turning Torso is one of the tallest buildings in Europe and is the tallest tower in Scandinavia (190 m, 57 floors). Its name is due to its twisted shape, a technological fact, because it is the first skyscraper in the world with such a shape.
8. Tour Montparnasse (Paris, France)
Many Parisians still think of Montparnasse as the tallest tower in France. It is no more, but it is the most famous and most visited. Climb to the top of the Montparnasse Tower for an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower.
With a height of 210 m and 59 floors, the Montparnasse tower was the tallest building in France until 2011 when the "First Tower" in the district of La Défense was renovated.
7. First Tower (Paris, France)
The first tower looks smaller, but is actually taller than the Palace of Culture and Science, with a height of 231 m. It is also more recent (1974), but was renovated in 2010 and new architectural structures have been added to increase the height. It now crosses the Montparnasse Tower, which was once the tallest skyscraper in France.
6. Palace of Culture and Science (Warsaw, Poland)
The Palace of Culture and Science, with its 237m, should be ranked above "One Canada Square", but the height of the first includes its high antenna! It has a height of about 188 meters and 42 floors. No need to admire it from below, you can climb to the top and visit the tallest building in Poland. The view from the 31st floor is breathtaking.
5. One Canada Square (London, UK)
It was the tallest skyscraper in London for a long time, until the opening of "The Shard". It is 235 m high and has 50 floors. Initially it should have been a bit higher (250 m), but the project was not accepted due to London City Airport.
4. Crystal Tower (Madrid, Spain)
Torre de Cristal is a skyscraper in the Cuatro Torres (CTBA) business district of Madrid. Completed in 2008, it has a final height of 249 m and is ranked as the tallest building in Spain and the third in the European Union. It was designed by Cesar Pelli and built by Dragados.
3. Messeturm (Frankfurt, Germany)
Messeturm is a 63-meter, 257-meter skyscraper in the Westend-Süd district of Frankfurt. It is the second tallest building in Frankfurt, the second tallest building in Germany and the second tallest building in the European Union. It was the tallest building in Europe from its completion in 1991 until 1997, when it was overtaken by the Commerzbank Tower, which is also located in Frankfurt.
Helmut Jahn designed the Messeturm in a postmodern architectural style. It is considered one of the design classics among European skyscrapers. Despite its name, Messeturm is not used for trade fair exhibitions, but as an office building. It is one of the few buildings in Germany with its own postal code (60308), the others being Opernturm, another skyscraper in Frankfurt and the top station on the Zugspitze.
2. Commerzbank Tower (Frankfurt, Germany)
Older and only slightly smaller than "The Shard", 300 m high, the Commerzbank Tower dates back to 1997 and was designed by the famous architect Norman Foster. It is one of the city's iconic buildings. As its name suggests, the tower is still the headquarters of Commerzbank and has been the tallest building in Europe for many years.
1. The Shard (London, United Kingdom)
"Ciobul" has a height of 309.6 m and has 72 floors, being the tallest building in Europe. The Shard is a skyscraper with luxury offices and apartments, a hotel and a restaurant. The building can be seen almost everywhere in London. It is located next to London Bridge, another emblem of the city of London. The tower was originally called "The London Bridge Tower", but was renamed "The Shard" because it looks like "a piece of glass through the heart of historic London". If you arrive in London, you have to climb the platform of the building, on the top floor, to admire a unique panorama of the city.
Bonus: Varso Tower (Warsaw, Poland)
The already impressive skyline in Warsaw will soon be able to boast the tallest building in the European Union and in Europe. With a height of 310 meters, the Varso Tower will surpass the "London Shard" to become the tallest structure in Europe (except Russia). The difference between the two buildings will be only 0.4 meters. The construction of the building will be completed at the end of 2021, and from 2022, it will be open to the public.
Only buildings were included in the top. Otherwise, the tallest structure in Europe would be La Tour Eiffel. The tower is 324 meters high and weighs over 10.000 tons. When it was built, the tower was the tallest building in the world. Tower maintenance includes the use of 50 tons of dark brown paint every 7 years. Depending on the air temperature, the Eiffel Tower changes its height by a few centimeters due to the contraction and expansion of the metal alloy.
Buildings in Russia were not included in this top (Lakhta Center, Federation Tower, OKO Residential Tower) and Turkey (Skyland Residential and Office Towers) because we will prepare separate articles.