I learned about this observation deck in Sochi quite by accident from the review, I did not even know about its existence, although I had already traveled here many times. It's funny that we find some good places not as a result of targeted searches, but simply by coincidence. To be honest, I like such places more than those about which I previously learned everything interesting. Among the people - the View Tower, in the past - the Rose of the Winds cafe, in the present - the Panorama cafe. In fact, it doesn't matter what the name is now, but what is important is that there is an observation deck overlooking the city and the sea. Located on the top of a hill, in the middle of the Alpine street in the city of Sochi.
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Observation deck in Sochi
I was driving here using the navigator on YandexMaps, I got there the second time - I accidentally slipped a turn up a hill. If you go here by car, you will understand that such a mistake in that area is quite forgivable. A grid of narrow streets with elevation differences and sharp turns, brutal traffic and driving habits in Sochi await you - all this does not allow you to relax even for a second. As soon as I get distracted, I flew the right place and then I can look for a U-turn for half an hour. But be that as it may, the tower I found.
Directly near the View Tower in Sochi, there is a parking pocket for several cars, combined with a bus stop. I saw this already from the height of the third floor of the former Rose of the Winds, and before that I had parked on the slope of Alpine Street a hundred meters below the tower. There is a wide roadside and a lot of cars in front of an apartment building, so this option suited me. When parking on a slope, do not forget to twist the wheels so that the car does not roll far in case of anything, and in the same case it is worth tightening the handbrake well.
I got into the Rose of Winds after hours, when there were no visitors yet, and from the staff there was only a girl at the bar, who sold me a bottle of forfeits and said that the entrance to the tower for strangers was paid.
Climbed up the spiral staircase, looking on the way to 2 floors, which are reserved for the cafeteria. The first is an open veranda, the second is an enclosed space with air conditioning: cozy, but there is very little space.
The upper third floor is an open viewing platform with a summit decorated with the Rose of the Winds and very high railings. So high that, sitting on the armchair, I could not see anything, even stretching my neck. To be honest, the chairs immediately lose their attractiveness, you still have to stand. But 360-degree views.
Due to the fact that the View Tower is located in the center of a large city on the mountains, the view opens up quite interesting, it is quite possible to get stuck for half an hour, looking at buildings and recognizing road junctions and parks. And you can also see the Black Sea from here.
Information to visit
Entrance fee for those who do not order food - 100 rubles.
Open from 9 am to 9 pm.
There is a parking lot nearby, but it is shared and does not belong to the cafe. The parking lot of the cafe is considered to be the space under the iron fence - here you can park several cars in parallel right on the road.
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The View Tower, the former Rosa Vetrov cafe, the current Panorama cafe. Great 360 degree view and view cafeteria.
The View Tower, the former Rosa Vetrov cafe, the current Panorama cafe. Excellent 360 degree view and view cafeteria. More details.