bluejet1979
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Aiport Viewing Areas - Please Help

Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:24 am

Can anyone help me, Iam looking at going to an Airport In Europe for a couple of days to get some Plane Pics, Is anybody able to recommend an airport with a viewing area for good pics I wont have a hire car so am looking for an area at the airport, and some cheap accomandation near by as airport hotels seem to be very expensive. I look forward to any responses. Many Thanks
 
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RE: Aiport Viewing Areas - Please Help

Wed Jan 10, 2007 4:59 am

AMS
BUD (I believe)
INN (only good on saturday)
MUC
SZG
TXL
WAW
ZRH

etc etc have visitor decks. A visit to spotterswiki.com might come in handy.
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jorge1812
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RE: Aiport Viewing Areas - Please Help

Wed Jan 10, 2007 5:10 am

DUS and HAM come to my mind.

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RE: Aiport Viewing Areas - Please Help

Wed Jan 10, 2007 5:13 am

Some of these might be closed for the (warm) winter though so make sure the airport you pick has the deck open.

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RE: Aiport Viewing Areas - Please Help

Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:12 am

Most, or possibly all of Germany's viewing decks are closed for a month. I know Hamburg's deck was closed so they can install a glass wall on the viewing terrace. This also applies to european union countries, too.

[Edited 2007-01-10 01:13:33]
 
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RE: Aiport Viewing Areas - Please Help

Wed Jan 10, 2007 10:44 am

Quoting GOCAPS16 (Reply 4):
know Hamburg's deck was closed so they can install a glass wall on the viewing terrace

if this is true it's bad news. But probably you thinbk about the one deck which has been closed for some reasons over a year ago on the right side. There's another one on the left side.

DUS was open and I think still is over the winter. At TXL they decide everyday if they will open or not. once I was there 5 mins after opening and nobody was able to tell me if they will open or not. In local forums you can read that they have less staff than they need or simply avoid bad weather.

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Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:59 pm

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 5):
if this is true it's bad news. But probably you thinbk about the one deck which has been closed for some reasons over a year ago on the right side. There's another one on the left side.

I know that one of the viewing terrace in Hamburg, I believe Terminal 1 has been closed for some times, however, the 2nd viewing terrance, T2, has been closed since Jan 2, 2007 and will remain close for a month or two.
 
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RE: Aiport Viewing Areas - Please Help

Wed Jan 10, 2007 5:13 pm

DUS is about the best in Europe I'd say, and both its decks remain open in the winter, albeit not in arctic conditions.

ZRH used to be good, but the mothballing of pier B means much less traffic passes by.

FRA is good too, with the Zeppelinheim spot being a 40 minute walk from the terminals. If the 25s are in use you're laughing here.

AMS would be OK too, but again the deck doesn't open in harsh conditions.

Of course, if you hired a car the list of accessible places would increase ten-fold.....

Karl
 
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Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:14 am

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 7):
FRA is good too, with the Zeppelinheim spot being a 40 minute walk from the terminals. If the 25s are in use you're laughing here.

But take the correct way, we took the wrong last weekend and made it a walk of 1hr+

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RE: Aiport Viewing Areas - Please Help

Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:31 am

Why not see if anyone on this forum is interested in going with you?

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 7):
Of course, if you hired a car the list of accessible places would increase ten-fold.....

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It is def. worth considering hiring a car.....if you can. Maybe you could meet up with a local spotter who might be able to show you around?

There are many good airports to have a look at, however photo opportunties may not be great in the winter. I am in FRA at the moment and it is dull and cloudy. I didn't even bother bringing my camera this time.

I saw somebody posted INN/SZG as possible places. They can both provide excellent opportunites proving the weather is ok, but take note that these two can be very, very slow in terms of traffic, whereas FRA will be much busier for example. Something to think about.

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Thu Jan 11, 2007 4:08 am

Ask Nick...he's found all the ones the cops like to throw people out of, and fought them over it, too!
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RE: Aiport Viewing Areas - Please Help

Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:21 pm

Both INN and SZG are do-able without a car - especially Salzburg. Traffic is indeed a bit slow at both though.

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RE: Aiport Viewing Areas - Please Help

Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:33 pm

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 11):
Both INN and SZG are do-able without a car - especially Salzburg.

make that INN as well. See http://fly.to/innsbruck for more info. It's only good on saturday (and a bit of sunday) tho, weekdays are boring!
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