Top five revolving restaurants
Few dining venues will impress like a revolving restaurant. Since the first one opened in Dortmund, Germany in 1959, they've proved so popular that they've sprung up in numerous places, with China taking the top spot for its sheer number of rotating towers.
Unlike a standard dining experience, where the food is the main draw, it’s the venue and the birds-eye view you get that helps literally makes diners feel on top of the world.
It's a novel experience too; the elevator that whisks you up is an ear-popping ride and as the platform of dining tables between the building exterior and central area slowly moves around, using the bathroom and then finding your table again can be interesting. All in all, it makes for a holiday experience to write home about.
Thanks to technological advances and our increasing interest in underwater life, practicalities no longer stop us from enjoying the watery world that awaits us, even without donning a wetsuit.
So for the Flexicover team’s pick of eateries that will spin you right round, read on.
Threesixty, Mittelallalin, Switzerland
Threesixty is the world's highest restaurant at a stomach-churning 3,500 metres above sea level. But if dinning at altitude piques your interest, book soon as it will close its doors after this winter season. Prepare for an adventurous journey though: Switzerland doesn't make it easy to access such a major attraction. The nearest town of Saas Fee is car-free, so getting there involves a gondola or cable car, then an underground train to Mittelallalin. One of the highest points in Switzerland, the area is worth a day of exploration; it's home to the largest ice grotto in the world, world-class ski slopes and stunning glacial vistas. If you can't make it soon, fear ye not – it’s such a hub of activity that Threesixty is likely to be replaced by another restaurant.
Panorama Cafe, Vienna
Because of their high overheads and their draw, rotating restaurants can be an expensive affair. But Vienna's Donauturm finds a good solution in housing a haute cuisine restaurant and a cafe on two different floors. It makes for sensible prices in the aptly named Panorama Cafe, for those who wish to admire the expansive Viennese views, from its beautiful city to the rolling Austrian hills that lie across the horizon. Soak in the skyline over a coffee and sandwich - most will cost around €10 (£8).
Restaurant 181, Munich
Far from serving pricey food to captive customers, Restaurant 181 (named after its height in metres) has exacting standards and a Michelin star to prove it. Based in the former Olympic Park, the iconic tower is also home to an observation deck, broadcast network and rock museum. But the restaurant is its main draw, thanks in part to its popular sunset menu. The sumptuous three-course meal is a reasonable €54 (£45), with excellent vegetarian options too. With service to reflect the sense of occasion, you can enjoy the feast while watching dusk fall on Munich and the Alps behind it.
Top of the World, Las Vegas
Atop the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, Top of the World is a great example of how incredible revolving restaurants can be. The neon lights of The Strip are what guests wait for in the 80 minute revolution, as the sight of Sin City's best-known hotels crammed together in a bid to out-wow each other never loses its appeal. But especially if The Strip is where you're staying, viewing the overall scale of Vegas is an eye-opener, as is the original casino hub of the Old Town. The food is decent but the cocktails ($15, around £10) are what will seal the deal - try the Chocolate Masterpiece, with Godiva cream liqueurs, for a taste of Vegas's decadence.
360 Restaurant, Toronto
Thanks to its money-wise immigrant population, Toronto's high-end restaurants don't last long if pomp comes before product. As a result, the CN Tower's revolving restaurant offers not only spectacular views of Canada's main city - turning slowly from the busy Downtown district to the calm of Lake Ontario - but also some excellently priced cuisine. Their three-course prix fixe dinner is a steal at $79 (£45) especially as it combines Canadian specialties like salmon, domestic beef and duck with the best of international cuisine, with delicious results. At 1151ft above ground, it's also the home of the world's highest wine cellar, holding 550 varieties of well-chosen vin.
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