It does not always have to be the TV tower. Halfway up, there are much more exciting insights into everyday life: the balcony next door, where the laundry hangs to dry, the window behind which a family dines, the small parapet with the herb pots. A coffee or a drink at sunset. And the nice thing: many terraces are also accessible to non-hotel guests. Munich Deutsches Museum, Müllersches Volksbad, in between the river Isar - the view from the roof terrace of the design hotel 'Advokat'. A cool alternative to the scene bistros of Gärtnerplatzviertel. Double room / breakfast from 155 Euro Address: Baaderstraße 1, 80469 München, Tel. 089/216310, Fax 2163190, www.hotel-advokat. Brussels He should be the most beautiful place in Europe, the Grande Place. Anyone who already wander the view over the cobblestones and town hall (World Heritage Site!) At the luxury hotel 'Amigo' will immediately believe it. DZ / breakfast from 608 Euro Address: Rue de l'Amigo 1'3, B-Brussels 1000, Tel. 0032 / 2/5474747, Fax 5135277, www.roccofortehotels.com Hamburg Minimalism of the luxury class: the new hotel 'Side' between Binnenalster and Gänsemarkt. Euro-Asian snacks are served on the terrace on the 8th floor. Guests can relax in sun loungers or chat at long wooden tables. Next door, separated only by a glass wall, the cool lounge. Double room from 165 euros, breakfast 22 euros. Address: Drehbahn 49, 20354 Hamburg, Tel. 040/309990, Fax 30999399, www.side-hamburg.de. Florence The view wants to wander up to the hills near Fiesole and always remains hanging on the cathedral dome. A fantastic spot, unfortunately only for the guests of the 'Residenza Johlea', a turn of the century Palazzo in the historic center of Florence. Double from € 85 Address: Via San Gallo, 76/80, I-50129 Florence, Tel. 0039 / 055/4633292, Fax 4634552, www.johanna.it.
Rome Just a few steps from the lively Campo de 'Fiori, in the middle of the baroque city - and an unbeatable value for money. The 'Sole al Biscione' has decent rooms, a garage in the basement and, for its guests, small flowered roof terraces overlooking the dome of Sant'Andrea della Valle. Double room without breakfast from 130 Euro. Address: Via del Biscione 76, Tel. 0039/06/68806873, Fax 6781835, www.solealbiscione.it. Barcelona The address of the hotel 'Claris' betrayed connoisseurs only under the hand. It is simply too beautiful with its private collection of Egyptian art, antique carpets and stylish furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries. Even those who do not reside here can enjoy the view over Barcelona from the roof terrace. Double room from 220 Euro. Address: Pau Claris 150, E-08009 Barcelona, Tel. 00 34/93/487 62 62, Fax 2157970, www.slh.com/claris. Seville 'La Giralda' is what the Sevillanos call the 12th-century mosque's former minaret. The most beautiful view of this tower and the present cathedral is from the roof terrace of the hotel 'Los Seises'. This is located in an archiepiscopal palace from the 16th century, ancient excavations were integrated into the rooms. Double room from about 158 euros. Address: Segovias 6, E-41004 Seville, Tel. 0034/95/4229495, Fax 4224334, www.hotellosseises.com. Lisbon The bourgeoisie used to promenate in Chiado, but today tourists love the area with its boutiques, nostalgic cafes and Art Nouveau facades. The roof terrace of the 'Regency Chiado' is ideal for a cocktail. DZ / breakfast from 164 Euro Address: Rua Nova do Almada 114, P-1200-290 Lisbon, Tel. 00351/21/3256100, Fax 3256161, www.regency-hotels-resorts.com. Helsinki Anyone can bid on the roof of the hotel 'Torni', and the climb is worth twice. First of all because of the view from the 'Ateljee Bar'. On the other hand, because of the most beautiful ladies' room in Finland: 70 meters above the city, accessible to everyone, glazed all around (do not worry, no one can look!). Double room / breakfast from 158 Euro Address: Yrjönkatu 26, FIN-00100 Helsinki, Tel. (00358) 20 1234 604, www.sokoshotels.fi.