Vitaly Raskalov writes: “Hello! A few weeks ago we, along with dedmaxopka returned from Europe, where we stayed for exactly one month. During this time we managed to drive from Sweden to the coast of Portugal, visited the very top of the main attractions, ranging from the Cologne Cathedral and finishing the Sagrada Familia and the Notre Dame de Paris.
General sponsor of our trip was made by the mobile operator TELE2, at whose request we tested roaming with the most extraordinary points and the heights of Europe. Inside the post you will see more than 80 interesting photos, and read many stories about the difficulties we had to face. Moreover, you can even read about how we sat for half a day in Prague in handcuffs to the local police station. ”
Our urban-trip to Europe suddenly began for us in Sweden. Thanks for that reporters from Stockholm, who kindly invited us to his hopes to conquer the height of his native city, but were more than disappointed, and both they and us.
1. Stockholm – a beautiful, quiet and pleasant for walking the city. In addition, because of the lack of heavy industry is one of the cleanest cities in the world. So for us it was quite uninteresting, there is nothing to conquer, all tall dominant viewpoint, and they can hit anyone for 5-10 euros.
2. Even if you climb the scaffolding on one of the houses in the center, the view from there will just be the same if we were just standing on the waterfront.
3. Therefore, most of the effort we gave up on the Stockholm subway, which is known for its unusual design stations and tunnels. The slope of the escalator on one of the stations.
5. Despite a decent amount of cameras and protection against penetration into the tunnel to get into the subway was quite simple. Other than that there is nothing interesting for us in Stockholm was not, and we quickly left the city by local airlines in the direction of Poland.
6. The trip was interesting from Warsaw. On the first day we got on one of the local skyscrapers under construction height of about 150 meters, which offers the best view of the central part of the city. We climbed in the evening, near the end of the day, and were perfectly Slept local workers who have decided to run us up to the roof, but fortunately for us, we had to hide in the hatch on the roof, where he successfully sat for almost an hour and took off the night views of Warsaw.
8. raskalov_vit and dedmaxopka
9. Old Town in Warsaw during the German invasion of Poland in 1939, almost all had been destroyed. After the Second World War, it has been carefully restored. Where possible, use the bricks of the original buildings. Rubble from the ruins repeatedly sieved to find decorative items and their fragments, which are then adjusted to their former places. The main sources in restoring appearance of the Old City were used Veduta Bernardo Bellotto XVIII century, as well as drawings of the pre-war architecture students.
10. View from the top of the pylon cable-stayed bridge over the Vistula River in Warsaw.
11. One of the coolest buildings – Palace of Science and Culture, the Stalinist skyscraper, which was donated by Poland, the Soviet Union. Unfortunately, the climb up the lookout failed. First, the spire of the building acts as an antenna, transmitter, and we might as well fry and eggs, and brains. Second, the ladder is up for two doors with alarms and cameras. In connection with these two facts, we decided to retreat.
Thus ended Warsaw, and 10-hour bus with a bunch of Ukrainians, Belarusians and Russian, we headed to Prague.
12. The historic center of Prague is huge and crowded with tourists. Among the foreigners living in Prague, a third of the Ukrainians, tenth – Russian. Prague historically inhabited the Czechs, Germans and Jews. On every high tower has an observation deck, so at first we thought that here we face the same fate as in Sweden. Everywhere you can get out completely legal.
13. In Prague, we spent only one and a half days, it was not enough as the first day after meeting with Russian guys who met us, we were not able to remove anything, let alone climb anywhere. Therefore, we had exactly one day on a whirlwind tour of the entire city.
14. To the delight of tourists Vadim shows how to make cool pictures.
15. Charles Bridge.
16. St. Vitus Cathedral and the buildings of the local Parliament. This is where we started and one of the best action games for the whole trip.
17. Since the time we had quite a gun and we had the evening of the same day to go to Frankfurt, it was decided to get on one of the main attractions of Prague in broad daylight in front of everyone on the scaffold. The good old ruferskaya tradition says that if you climbed over the fence and you follow no one cries, no more problems you will not arise. Alas, this time it turned out the opposite. After 30 minutes, after climbed to the roof, we noticed the military and police, who are very actively looking for someone on the roof. It is easy to guess that they are just looking for us. Almost one and a half hours we were on one of the towers of the cathedral, until we finally have found. The first step of the local police, we have distinguished verbally kicked in the Czech Matern, and then were taken to the police station, which is located just 5 meters from the cathedral.
18. We were handcuffed and taken away passports, and we just had to wait. Honestly, the first time I was taken abroad to the police, it is not surprising that we once were lost and had no idea what to do. It’s great that since Czechoslovakia almost the entire adult population of the country a good command of Russian. In general, we were not bored.
After another hour we waited some important people from the parliament, he took a special piece of paper and wiped our hands, backpacks and cameras. I really thought that we would have to remove fingerprints. It turned out that this is a test for explosives, if we had had contact with any or explosive materials in the preceding 48 hours. It is clear that the result was negative.
In the end, the police has written us a minimum fine under “disturbing public order” in the amount of SEK 500 (750 rubles), helped to print tickets to Frankfurt and let him go. For that he thanks, without their help we would not have time for the bus.
20. Frankfurt-am-Main inspire hope. In this city there are two of the highest building in Europe (the Commerzbank building and the Frankfurt Trade Fair) and many other skyscrapers, it is the high-rise city of Germany and one of the most high-altitude towns in Europe. In my opinion, one of the worst cities for our entire trip, if perhaps not the most.
21. All high-rise buildings in the city except for one thing – it is the headquarters of banks, which sneak into this very serious issue about the roof I do not say anything.
Frankfurt – an international financial and trade center, there coexist ethnic communities from 22 countries of the world. Most immigrants from Turkey and Russia. This summer, there are noisy construction sites everywhere, many roads dug, because of this the city is difficult and unpleasant to walk. A lot of homeless people on the streets, Franfurt am Main – the most criminal city in Germany.
22. View from the top 180 meter Hotel Marriott, the only high-rise, which we managed to climb up, and then from there we drove very fast.
24. During the two-day stay in Frankfurt-am-Main we managed to climb to 5 points, which seemed to us more than enough to start moving in the direction of the new city. So we said goodbye to this city and headed to Cologne.
25. In Cologne we went just for the sake of the local cathedral. Construction of the main temple of the Cologne Archdiocese was conducted in two stages – in the years 1248-1437. and in the years 1842-1880. On completion of the 157-meter-high cathedral at 4 years was the tallest building in the world. At the moment is the 3rd tallest cathedral in the world after the Ulm cathedral, which is the first place, only 4 meters high.
26. At the top left of the tower observation deck is publicly available, it is fenced grid through which can not be removed. So, without thinking twice, we took the chance to sneak a nearby tower, where access is closed to tourists. dedmaxopka posing against the 157 meter high towers of the cathedral.
27. We are fortunate that this temple was located in the woods, so to get into it was just something a matter of time. Taking into account the experience of Prague, it was decided to crawl under the cover of night, when the area is unoccupied. When it got dark, around the cathedral were a lot of young people who are fiercely booze, screaming, in general, was resting.
Having found a suitable climb, we began to wait until at least some of the people in the area will start to go home, and waited for the right moment, we made it to the scaffolding and began his ascent to the heights. From the ground to the roof of the first level we have got, probably, for 40-60 seconds, very much afraid, and set fire again to get to the police. But, fortunately, nothing happened.
28. With confidence I can say that this is perhaps the most interesting part of the whole trip through Europe. It seemed to us that the St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague pretty big, but how wrong we were. This scale I had never seen before.
30. One of the towers is closed to tourists. Access to it is only the engineers / architects and other staff of the cathedral. Inside the huge number of statues and other decorative items.
31. The dome of the tower. There’s a lift, though we did not dare to use it.
34. From the top of the cathedral views, comparable perhaps only with footage from the TV series “Star Trek.”
35. A few words about our sponsor. International mobile operator Tele2 saw the potential and interest in our journey, we allocated budget and sent to Europe to test roaming with the most points altitude countries and cities. Without them, this trip would not take place.
36. Top out of the cathedral, is simply to climb further nowhere.
37. Final. Minus one dream. On that note, it’s time to come down.
38. The next day we went to look at the famous Bagger 288, which is located in a suburb of Cologne. To be honest, the thing I was not very impressed, much more than I liked the scenery along the way to it.
39. The height of one of the wind turbine rotor with about 170 meters.
40. The quarry, which is located Bagger. Right in the photo you can see the excavator itself to estimate the scale, particularly considerate can find more photos on the yellow truck nearby. At that ended Cologne, and we bought tickets to Amsterdam.
From Amsterdam we did not bring any photos, though, and they stayed there for three days. All of the three days we were living with friends, hanging out in coffee shops and drinking beer on the waterfront. Therefore I propose to move immediately to Paris.
41. Paris impresses with its history and architecture. It has everything: whole districts of skyscrapers, unique architectural monuments, churches and high black neighborhoods. There we stayed for a week.
42. In the first few days we mostly walked as ordinary tourists, except that for the viewing platforms, we have not paid. For example, at Notre Dame enough to go to the exit and run behind the guard. So you not only save 10 euros, but still do not spend their time standing in a huge line for tickets.
43. Often, finding the service doors, we made our way of viewing platforms in the closed part of the cathedral, which has never gone before an ordinary tourist. Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre.
Paris – city of contrasts, in this magnificent city of half the people on the streets of African emigrants, a lot of homeless people and all kinds of crazy. There were situations when the evenings on a platform crowded, we found ourselves the only white.
44. Eiffel Tower – hence opening the best views of Paris.
45. The Seine River.
48. On the roof of the Montparnasse Tower also has a paid lookout. In the evenings, there goes the circle of young fotoonanista in the late afternoon, when the city lights are lit, all the free space on the roof of the tower is occupied tripods and cameras. Some of the photographers remain there until closing time.
49. The Eiffel Tower and the business district of La Defense in the background. You see here is the tall crane? Now we climbed up on it.
50. One night, it was decided to climb to the highest faucet in Paris, which is located in the business district of La Defense. A few hours before we went to the construction site, with Vadim us on facebook suddenly wrote one of the urban-explorers from Paris by the name of Vic. The guy was very easy to climb, and climb, we already went together.
51. Small layfhak. If you want to climb up some steep construction site in Europe, feel free to do it in a weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, all settings are dying, not even the guards. This is not taken to operate × 24 7, as in Moscow. In the photo business district of La Defense.
53. The most jaded view of Paris from the top. The observation deck on one of the towers of Notre-Dame de Paris.
54. Due to familiarity with Vic, we learned that most of the major outlets in Paris and in Europe as a whole submits exclusively with a rope. All foreign colleagues use the insurance, even in situations where there is a huge risk of being caught.
55. After listening to a bunch of cool stories from giving Vick we decided to try to get on the Notre Dame de Paris at night, on the facade of the cathedral and pipes.
56. Frankly – I ohuel. Now try to explain why. First, in Paris pretty big get-together urban-explorers and some conflict with each other. That is why the pipes, which had to climb up one of the Rufer and down smeared with grease (tight oil). In this regard, climb the cathedral even with a rope and a cat was quite a challenge.
After collecting the rope we quickly entered the enclosed area of the cathedral and found the right pipe. Fail first was the fact that insurance is short and it is pointless to climb, will only get in the way. According to this praying the Almighty and throwing off his insurance, the pipes I climbed up. All you need to climb the three tubes in three different tiers. The first pipe was located next to a good facade of the building and I climbed it pretty quickly, the second was even easier, then I climbed on kontraforsam, but on the third have been in serious trouble.
The first 5 minutes I could not even climb the pipe, as the grease from his hands slid down and throws off me. In total, I fussed with the third pipe nearly half an hour, the most difficult task was to move the pipe to the roof, as it rests on the ledge and need to cool bend that would reach out his hand to the roof. Overcoming the cornice, being on the roof I first began to rejoice that all the same I got it, and then very quickly I realized that I had to go down will not work. But of this I start to think seriously even before the climbs.
57. Climbing the tower making a few shots, I noticed two people on the far side of the roof and it seemed for a moment that this is the local police spotted me and now I will be arrested and raskhuyachen. But it was Vadim with Vic. So as I climbed onto the roof for about an hour, the guys in earnest scared and thought that I was broke. Going round the cathedral several times around the perimeter of the guys found a loophole in the form of an open door, and climbed onto the roof of civilized manner. If it were not for the guys, I probably would have remained up there until the morning, and tears would really only with the police.
58. From the roof managed to make only a few frames, blame it all projectors that it does not work the way at night.
60. In the photo Vic and I climb after the Notre Dame. Right seen a similar pipe on which to climb the cathedral.
61. One day, we were so well-managed to climb on to the local subway.
62. Saint-Martin – an abandoned station of the Paris metro is on the 8th and 9th lines. Closed before World War II on September 2, 1939. In winter, the station is a haven for homeless people, and the local authorities do allow them to be there. From the existing tunnels brick wall separates the homeless and Meshes. As you can see in the photo is saved ads since the 30s.
63. Thus ended the Paris and 15 hour bus we went to Barcelona.
64. Perhaps I’ll start with the basics. In Barcelona we went solely due to the major works of the great architect Antoni Gaudi – the temple of the Holy Family (Sagrada Familia), one of the most unusual churches in the world. Of course the main goal was to climb up the temple, we have succeeded, though not without difficulty.
65. One of the 8 towers of the temple, wade here pretty easy, just go to the observation deck, and from there a little run up the stairs in front of where you would grill, watch carefully that no one would have seen from the tourists and peremahival through it. Here’s a couple of minutes you’re sitting on top of one of the towers. There is practically impossible to remove.
66. Sagrada Familia – one of the most famous long-term peace. Construction started in 1882 on this day, to complete the construction plans in 2026. By decision of the initiators of the construction of the temple funding for the work must be carried out exclusively by donations from parishioners, which is one of the reasons for such a long period of construction.
67. Do not miss the opportunity to get to the private balconies inside the temple. The beauty and scale of the interiors impossible to convey in words, it is necessary to see with my own eyes. At least for a stroll inside the Sagrada, I’m ready to get back to Barcelona.
68. So how to get to the tower was pretty easy, we decided not to stop. It was decided one night to try to climb on the boom of the crane height of over 170 meters. Especially after we heard a few stories of failed attempts to get even on the territory, we would feel on their skin so-called “invulnerability” of the cathedral.
69. In the two hours after midnight, we jumped the fence and scaffolding in ninja style in half an hour were at the top of the crane. Crane towering over the cathedral at 50 meters, it can be seen from all of Barcelona. At a time when we climbed it, we first decent ofigeli, crane slowly began to spin on its axis and turned by 90 degrees. Not right away, we realized that the culprit was the wind that turned the faucet, like a weathercock.
70. Crane was closed bars in the middle, and stood on the perimeter of the protective netting. I had to come out with the help of the Almighty protect this side of the crane. The photo shows the very same protection.
71. Photo by dedmaxopka: on boom crane can see me, I’m reading twitter.
72. That’s all friends. All high-rise and interesting place in Europe are taken. Well, almost all. Further our trip continued in a more relaxed pace. We rented a car in Barcelona and decided to drive from Barcelona on the southern coast of Spain to the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal.
Car rental in Europe is available to everyone at the experience of driving a 1.5 year old and young, for 9 days we were in the car cost 190 euros. That’s what really proved expensive, so it is gasoline. Prices in Portugal reached 1.80 euros per liter of 95-octane fuel.
Our first stop was the Benidorm. We arrived in town late at night, before leaving, we bought a foam, sleeping bags and pillows. Therefore, since the rental car, we decided to score on hotels and where to live out. First vpiska was the highest skyscraper of Benidorm, the exact height can not say, but there’s more than 50 floors.
73. I’m in shorts at a steep stars. Photo by Vadim Mahorova.
74. Night Benidorm – life is boiling here all day and night. This is the first European city on our way, where many shops are open around the clock.
75. Morning. We woke up very early because of the heat, is closer to 10 in the morning becoming impossible to sleep even in the shade. The temperature was almost at 40 degrees.
76. Waking up we ran first on the beach, after already went to climb on the roofs. To the surprise of all the roofs in Benidorm were opened, the exact same situation is in Bangkok.
77. Resort Communities – sucks. We lingered here until the evening and went to the side of Gibraltar.
78. The Strait of Gibraltar and Morocco on the horizon. There was a huge temptation to swim in Tangier for a day, but alas, we were one-time visa, and I am, is a citizen of Ukraine need a visa to Morocco.
A strange feeling when you’re standing on one continent and you see the other, but if they wanted to get you there is no possibility.
79. Along the way came across a huge number of wind turbines.
81. This is the Atlantic Ocean near the town of Cascais.
82. Cabo da Roca in Portugal – is the most westerly point of Europe. But if you could see Tarifa neighboring continent, then at Cape Roca seen only endless Atlantic Ocean, which hides already America.
84. Suspension Bridge “April 25” in Lisbon, which forms the roads and railways. Great view of it open with a huge statue of Jesus on the coast. Entrance to the observation deck is worth a few euros.
85. The local airport, no more attractions in Lisbon we did not find for themselves.
86. That’s Porto – the last point of traveling! City of Lisbon smaller, but interesting for its unusual architecture and original arched bridges. Port – a port city, which is almost 900 years old. In Porto pleasant to walk through the narrow streets of the former fishermen’s huts, and there is a large square in the center of the city with beautiful cathedrals traditional Portuguese architecture.
Somehow it ended our trip to Europe. Do not be surprised that in the end there are practically no pictures, we were tired and we wanted to just relax. After spending two days in Porto, we went back again to Spain, namely Madrid, it gave the rental car and flew to Moscow.