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User currently offlineironmaiden From New Zealand, joined Nov 2006, 7 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5113 times:

hello i live in england and i want to go to europe somewhere that has a viewing deck,
i want to know what is the best one in europe,

any help and i will be very gratful,

thank you

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User currently offlineSamuel32 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 5102 times:

Why viewing deck? Their nice but there are better locations.

Viewing Decks in Europe:
DUS
FRA
ZRH
AMS
...

Gratful?  

[Edited 2011-06-14 01:15:53]

User currently offlinesaintex From Canada, joined Apr 2009, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5067 times:

ZRH gets my vote if limited to decks.

User currently offlineironmaiden From New Zealand, joined Nov 2006, 7 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4867 times:

thanks for help,
i just will not have car,
so will not be able to drive


User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4814 times:

Many spots at major airports are reachable without a car. LHR for example - Myrtle Avenue is a 10 minute walk from the Hatton Cross tube station. Envoy Avenue is only a few minutes more, in case they land on 27R.

Landings on 09 are a bit trickier, but doable as well without a car.

AMS is tricky without a car, though.

MUC and FRA are doable without cars. I haven't been at ZRH, but I heard that most spots are easily accessible as well.


User currently offlineGaryck From United Kingdom, joined May 2008, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4813 times:
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Barcelona has a nice platform and friendly locals too.   

Barcelona/LEBL/BCN Spotting Locations & Tips (by Garyck Nov 14 2010 in Aviation Photography)



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User currently offlinespencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4802 times:

MAN has several very doable spots. A few I would check out would be the AVP, multi storey, the airport hotel (pub garden) and opposite in Moss Lane. All doable without a car.
Spence.



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User currently offlineEMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4775 times:

I'm interested in this topic too. It's kind of a shame most spotting sites don't really mention what is doable without a car. I'm sure there are quite a few people who go spotting and can't drive or can't afford a hire car for such a trip.

AMS is doable by bike. That is if you have the time ie more than one day. As far as I am aware there is stupidly NO cycle rental at the airport so it's a case of getting a train to the main city and renting from there. You then have to cycle out to the airport (quite a nice ride along some rivers) but it is quite a long way. If it's of any interest I have a detailed cycle routes map of the area from when I went so I could scan the relevant parts and email them.

HAM has some pretty good spots that are only a few minutes walk from the main terminal but are probably only good if landing the appropriate direction. There is also a viewing deck there.

FRA there is one important thing to note - you are NOT allowed to take luggage onto the viewing terrace. I was there last year only really to chance trains but decided to have a look around the airport in the hour layover I had. I was told I could not take luggage to the terrace so I was unable to go there despite being only a few meters away!!!

ZRH I'm not sure what the current situation is with the viewing terrace. Isn't it closed at the moment? I am not sure about the spots around the airport but I am planning a trip there sometime this year as my friend now lives in Zurich.

I would be interested to hear more about MUC without a car.

Hope that gives some info.

Andy S

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User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4761 times:

Quoting EMA747 (Reply 7):
HAM has some pretty good spots that are only a few minutes walk from the main terminal but are probably only good if landing the appropriate direction. There is also a viewing deck there.

The viewing deck in HAM is not suitable for taking photos, as it's surrounded by (usually dirty) glass.

Landings on 23 can be taken from a parking deck right next to the terminal building. Other spots are accessible without a car as well, but may require ~30 minutes walking.

The biggest problem in HAM is the lack of interesting traffic on an average day (unless you have an A320 fetish   ).


User currently offlinespencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4754 times:

What's the deal with the open air restaurant on the top of the terminal though, at HAM?
Spence.



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4741 times:

If it's decks only you're after DUS has to be the world's number one - and thet have two! They are even both accessible with the same ticket, so no paying twice!

Quoting spencer (Reply 6):
MAN has several very doable spots. A few I would check out would be the AVP, multi storey, the airport hotel (pub garden) and opposite in Moss Lane. All doable without a car

While this is true of the 23s you're a bit stuck (apart from the RVP) if they turn out to be on the 05s. Lots of public transport and long walks!

Karl


User currently offlinespencer From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1635 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4734 times:

The multi storey doubles as a deck so that would cover him. He doesn't say what he wants from his visits; it could be number crunching, for all we know. Quite surprised by you Karl, not actually defending your holy MAN for once... ;-P
Spence



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User currently offlinealevik From Canada, joined Mar 2009, 957 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4733 times:
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Quoting Garyck (Reply 5):
Barcelona has a nice platform and friendly locals too.

Thanks for that info. I'm going to be in Barcelona around July 11 for a week or so and will try hitting up some of these spots.

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User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4718 times:

Quoting spencer (Reply 9):
What's the deal with the open air restaurant on the top of the terminal though, at HAM?

Nothing special - the restaurant just offers a few seats next to the viewing deck. Nice, but you still got the glass.


User currently offlineEMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4703 times:

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 8):
The viewing deck in HAM is not suitable for taking photos, as it's surrounded by (usually dirty) glass.

I know what you mean. Having said that my second highest viewed photo on here is through the glass at HAM.

Another good one if you have/rent a bike is CPH.

Andy S



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User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4670 times:

Quoting EMA747 (Reply 14):
I know what you mean. Having said that my second highest viewed photo on here is through the glass at HAM.

I don't seem to find any pics from HAM in your portfolio here.  

Indeed, it is not impossible to get good shots through the glass, but it's very tricky. There used to be two corners with a large-meshed fence instead of glass, but now they closed these as well.


User currently offlineEMA747 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 1171 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4636 times:

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 15):
I don't seem to find any pics from HAM in your portfolio here.

opps it was on jetphotos. I upload more there these days and forgot! Anyway it's my most viewed on there.  

Andy S



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User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1314 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4620 times:

Hold on, so the situation at HAM has changed? There were terraces (from memory behind the two restaurants) on the respective terminals and these were not behind glass. Have these gone?

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