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Hungarian lookout tower offers a room with a view

Hungarian lookout tower offers...
Originally rising to 17 m (55 ft) the Lookout Tower at Galyatető has been extended in height to 30 m (98 ft)
Originally rising to 17 m (55 ft) the Lookout Tower at Galyatető has been extended in height to 30 m (98 ft)
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Despite their lack of amenities, Nartarchitects told Gizmag that the shelters have proved surprisingly popular with local hikers
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Despite their lack of amenities, Nartarchitects told Gizmag that the shelters have proved surprisingly popular with local hikers
They may have no amenities, but the shelters do boast an enviable view
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They may have no amenities, but the shelters do boast an enviable view
The Lookout Tower at Galyatető is located on one of the country's tourist routes
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The Lookout Tower at Galyatető is located on one of the country's tourist routes
Visitors reach the shelters via an encircling steel staircase that's encased by steel mesh
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Visitors reach the shelters via an encircling steel staircase that's encased by steel mesh
The observation tower is one of Hungary's tallest
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The observation tower is one of Hungary's tallest
The Lookout Tower in Galyatető was completed earlier this year
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The Lookout Tower in Galyatető was completed earlier this year
The rooms are entered by a small circular hatch and measure 3.5 x3.5 m (11.5 x 11.5 ft)
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The rooms are entered by a small circular hatch and measure 3.5 x3.5 m (11.5 x 11.5 ft)
Visitors must pay only a small fee of around approximately €7 (roughly US$7.70) per night to stay
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Visitors must pay only a small fee of around approximately €7 (roughly US$7.70) per night to stay
Originally rising to 17 m (55 ft) the Lookout Tower at Galyatető has been extended in height to 30 m (98 ft)
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Originally rising to 17 m (55 ft) the Lookout Tower at Galyatető has been extended in height to 30 m (98 ft)
Originally rising to 17 m (55 ft) the Lookout Tower at Galyatető has been extended to reach 30 m (98 ft)
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Originally rising to 17 m (55 ft) the Lookout Tower at Galyatető has been extended to reach 30 m (98 ft)
Architectural drawing of the Lookout Tower at Galyatető
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Architectural drawing of the Lookout Tower at Galyatető
Architectural drawing of the Lookout Tower at Galyatető
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Architectural drawing of the Lookout Tower at Galyatető
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Nartarchitects recently completed work on an unusual project involving one of the tallest observation towers in Hungary. Located on a mountain range and connected to a well-trodden hiking route, the Lookout Tower at Galyatető features three shelters which offer hikers a unique – if rather spartan – place to rest their heads.

The Lookout Tower at Galyatető originally rose to 17 m (55 ft) in height and was constructed from local stone. However, after being surpassed in height by the trees that surround it, it was decided to extend the tower upwards to ensure an uninterrupted 360-degree view from its roof. Nartarchitects added a reinforced concrete section containing three hiking shelters, bringing the total height of the tower to 30 m (98 ft).

Visitors reach the three shelters via a mesh-enclosed steel staircase that also leads all the way up to the roof. The rooms are accessed by a circular hatch and measure 3.5 x 3.5 m (11.5 x 11.5 ft), sleeping up to six people.

The rooms are entered by a small circular hatch and measure 3.5 x3.5 m (11.5 x 11.5 ft)
The rooms are entered by a small circular hatch and measure 3.5 x3.5 m (11.5 x 11.5 ft)

There are no amenities inside the shelters, and the spartan interior is only broken up by some wooden pallets to place sleeping bags atop, a few coat hangers, and porthole windows. However, toilets and running water are available from a nearby tourist center.

Despite their lack of amenities, Nartarchitects told Gizmag that the shelters have already proved popular with local hikers, even in sub-zero temperatures. Visitors are required to pay only a small fee of around approximately €7 (roughly US$7.70) per night to stay.

Source: Nartarchitects

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