ironmaiden
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Best Place To Spot In Europe

Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:36 am

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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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:15 am

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

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

Gratful?  

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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:44 pm

ZRH gets my vote if limited to decks.
 
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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:26 pm

thanks for help,
i just will not have car,
so will not be able to drive
 
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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:04 am

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.
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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:11 am

Barcelona has a nice platform and friendly locals too.   

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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:02 am

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.
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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:47 pm

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.

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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:37 pm

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   ).
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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:47 pm

What's the deal with the open air restaurant on the top of the terminal though, at HAM?
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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:49 pm

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!

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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:22 pm

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
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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:24 pm

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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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:18 pm

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.
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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:04 pm

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.

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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:58 am

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.
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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:32 pm

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.  

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RE: Best Place To Spot In Europe

Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:26 pm

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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