Are you afraid of heights? Well even if the answer is no, you have to admit that sitting in a glass box perched hundreds or even thousands of feet above the ground is a thrilling experience to say the least. Some skywalks are built high on top of towers right in the middle of some of the most beautiful cities in the world, while others are placed above mountains or canyons in order to offer picture-perfect views of nature and its wonders. If you think that you are brave enough to step onto the world’s tallest and scariest skywalks, then just have a look at our following list and have your pick!
- 14. Step Into The Void in France
- 13. Sydney Skywalk
- 12. Grand Canyon Skywalk
- 11. Calgary Tower in Alberta, Canada
- 10. Blackpool Tower in England
- 9. Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, UK
- 8. The Ledge in Chicago
- 7. Ostankino TV Tower in Moscow
- 6. Eureka Tower in Victoria, Australia
- 5. Shanghai World Financial Center
- 4. The Main Observatory of the Tokyo Tower
- 3. Tokyo Skytree in Japan
- 2. Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower in Shanghai
- 1. CN Tower Observation Deck in Toronto
14. Step Into The Void in France
This large glass box can be found in Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps, and it offers its visitors the rare opportunity to feast their eyes on the unmatched beauty of the mountains in complete safety from an altitude of 3,300 feet. The project was designed by a French architect named Pierre-Yves Chays, and it is definitely worth a visit at least once in a lifetime. ( source )
13. Sydney Skywalk
The Skywalk in Sydney is perched 880 feet above Australia’s famous capital, and it is a part of a 45-minute long guided tour of the Sydney Tower. Sydney’s Skywalk features a 525-foot long circuit that goes around the tower and is able to ensure an unparalleled perspective of this gorgeous city and its impressive harbor. ( source )
12. Grand Canyon Skywalk
Nothing compares to witnessing the majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon from the landmark’s Skywalk. Placed at an altitude of no less than 4000 feet, this outstanding attraction was built on the tribal lands of the Hualapai Tribe, whose members manage it to this day. The skywalk features a horseshoe shape and stretches out 70 feet from the canyon rim. Needless to say, the views are breathtaking.
11. Calgary Tower in Alberta, Canada
The Calgary Tower was initially called the Husky Tower, and it can be found in Alberta, Canada. When it was opened officially in 1968, the structure was the absolute tallest in Calgary, since it flaunts a height of 627 feet. Nowadays, visitors can climb up to the top of the observation tower and sit on a glass platform that provides superb yet frightening views of the city below.
10. Blackpool Tower in England
The Blackpool Tower can be found in England, and it was inspired in its design by the Eiffel Tower of Paris. This superb tourist attraction measures 518 feet in height, and its “Tower Top” flaunts an “Eye” that is actually a glass floor and wall that ensure picture-perfect views of the Blackpool seafront.
9. Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, UK
With a height of 560 feet and a sublime, contemporary design, the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, UK is undoubtedly a masterpiece of modern engineering. The tower includes a total of 3 observation platforms, but the “crow’s nest” is definitely the most impressive since it boasts a wire mesh roof as well as the largest glass floor in Europe. The landmark’s layout reminds of Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, and that can only be a good thing.
8. The Ledge in Chicago
Chicago’s famous Skydeck is a part of the equally famous Willis Tower. The Ledge is a glass balcony that can be accessed from the tower’s 103rd floor, and it is perched high up at an altitude of 1450 feet. As one of Chicago’s most important attractions, the Skydeck is open 365 days a year. Would you dare to step foot on The Ledge? ( source )
7. Ostankino TV Tower in Moscow
One of Moscow’s tallest and most beautiful TV and radio towers is called the Ostankino Tower, and it was built in 1967. The tower is 1772 feet tall, and it represented a marvel of Soviet engineering during its glory days. The first level of the Ostankino TV tower has a glass floor that ensures a dizzying display of the ground below.
6. Eureka Tower in Victoria, Australia
The Eureka Tower can be found in Melbourne’s Southbank precinct in Australia, and it was completed in 2006. The tower’s observation deck is called Eureka Skydeck 88 since it occupies the entire 88th floor of the building. What’s interesting is that this observation deck is actually the highest public vantage point that is part of a building in the Southern Hemisphere with a height of 935 feet.
5. Shanghai World Financial Center
As one of the highest skyscrapers in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China, the Shanghai World Financial Center houses a few museums, hotels, offices and a magnificent observation deck. The observation deck sits at a height of 1555 feet and flaunts a glass corridor that allows its lucky visitors to witness picture-perfect views of Shanghai thanks to its complete transparency. ( source )
4. The Main Observatory of the Tokyo Tower
The Tokyo Tower is the second-tallest structure in Japan and boasts a height of 1,093 feet. Completed in 1958, this Eiffel Tower-inspired structure includes a two-storey Main Observatory that sits 490 feet above the ground. The first floor of the observatory impresses with its expansive transparency, which is why it receives numerous guests on a daily basis. ( source )
3. Tokyo Skytree in Japan
The Skytree is a gorgeous tower in Sumida, Tokyo that is used for broadcasting and observation purposes. As the second-tallest structure in the world, the Skytree in Tokyo is 2080 feet tall and boasts some very eye-catching LED illumination. However, one of its most outstanding attractions comes in the form of a magnificent observation deck that was placed at the very top of the building.
2. Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower in Shanghai
The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower in Shanghai features a total of 15 observatories, each of them being placed on its own level. The tower itself boasts a height of 1535 feet, while its most popular and terrifying observatory level includes a special outdoor area with a glass floor. The Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower was completed in 1994, and it is officially an AAAAA scenic area. ( source )
1. CN Tower Observation Deck in Toronto
Toronto’s CN Tower also flaunts its own observation deck with a glass floor, but those who are looking for an even more thrilling experience can always opt to go on the EdgeWalk. The EdgeWalk is definitely not for the faint of heart, since it allows visitors to walk around the roof and across the edge of the main pod of the structure at an altitude of 1168 feet. That’s scary!