Ostankino Tower is sure to impress any visitor, the highest structure in Europe offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Moscow from its glass floor observation deck and rotating restaurant.
Ostankino Tower is a television and radio tower standing 540.1 meters (1,772 ft) tall and is currently the tallest freestanding structure in Europe and eighth tallest in the world. Built to mark the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. It is named after the Ostankino district of Moscow in which it is located.
Construction began in 1963 and was completed in 1967. It surpassed the Empire State Building and was a masterpiece of Soviet engineering in the time period it was built, to become the tallest free-standing structure in the world. It held this record for nine years until the CN Tower was completed in Toronto, Canada in 1976 and remained the second-tallest structure in the world for another 31 years until the Burj Khalifa surpassed both it and the CN Tower in height in 2007.
Since Ostankino TV tower is the highest point in Moscow the observation deck offers the most brilliant panoramic views of the capital. The vantage point gives you a bird’s eye view of the entire capital including Lomonosov Moscow State University University, Christ the Savior Cathedral, the Kremlin. and the complex “Moscow City”. The restaurant occupies three floors turns and turns on its axis twice every 40 minutes so diners get the full panoramic view of Moscow. Also inside the tower is a museum relating radio transmission and tv broadcasting and with most Russian talk shows being shot in Ostankino, its common to see eager crowds gathering outside the studios as each program starts. A visit to the Ostankino Tower is a must visit for anyone who wants to experience Moscow from a different perspective.