The CN Tower in Toronto
He is hard to miss. The CN Tower in Toronto. For a long time it was the tallest building in the world with its height of 553 meters. However, he has lost his first place among the tallest buildings in the world. But he still looks impressive, especially if you take him from the lake side of Lake Ontario considered. However, he lost 2010 to the Canton Tower as the highest tower in the world as defined by the Guinness Books of World Records and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. In addition, the Burj Khalifa has denied him the position of being the tallest building in the world.
The best view of the CN Tower
But its height actually plays a minor role, because it is still impressive. In any case, it is best viewed from the Toronto Islands, which are located in the city center of Toronto and are grouped in a kind of semi-circle off downtown Toronto in Lake Ontario.
Builder and owner of the CN Tower
The CN Tower was built in 1976 by the Canadian National Railways and was intended to serve as an antenna. The tower still stands near the railroad tracks that lead into Toronto's main train station, which is not far from the CN Tower. However, the tower is now owned by Canada Lands Company Ltd., a corporation owned by the Crown and is therefore state property.
Facts and figures about the CN Tower
63 million dollars cost the construction of the tower. 1537 workers were involved in the construction of the CN Tower, which they built in just 40 months. Now one of Toronto's major attractions, it attracts around 2 millions of visitors from around the world every year.
Revolving restaurant and observation deck of the CN Tower
Visitors have the choice of how to experience the CN Tower. There is an observation deck whose attraction, in addition to the panoramic view of Lake Ontario and Downtown Toronto, is a piece of glass bottom through which Bold 342 meters can look into the depths. But even higher is the Sky Pod, a viewing platform at 447 meters high.
If you bring a little more time and want to enjoy the view from the CN Tower, you can also do this from the 360 degree rotating restaurant. During a lunch or dinner, the CN Tower will take 72 minutes to circumnavigate - enough time to see downtown Toronto from above and, with a little luck, even a glimpse of the spray of the city Niagara Falls to catch south of Lake Ontario. When the visibility is clear, you can see up to 160 kilometers from the top of the tower. If you like it particularly adventurous, you can also try the edgewalk around the tower - at a height of 356 meters.
A tip for those who are reluctant to queue to buy tickets:
If one chooses the variant of a meal in the revolving restaurant, one should definitely reserve his place (Tel. (416) 362-5411). Then you can just go to the reception desk of the restaurant and do not need to queue in the queue for the elevator to the observation decks. The restaurant also has a lift other than the viewing platforms. And after the meal you can also reach them via stairs.
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