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City Tour New York: Downtown Tour - 24h-Ticket

City Tour New York: Downtown Tour - 24h-Ticket

Experience New York on a hop-on/hop-off tour. The ticket is valid for 24 hours. You can get on and off at the stops at any time.

Duration:
1 day
Language:
English + 10 more
from 54 $ per person

Half day city tour New York with stops - daily

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Half day city tour New York with stops - daily

This 5.5-hour New York city tour offers a great overview. Afterwards you are perfectly prepared for the further tour on your own.

Duration:
5.5 h
Language:
English + 3 more
from 69 $ per person

City tour New York: Uptown - Day ticket

City tour New York: Uptown - Day ticket

See all of New York's major attractions in one tour, with this ride on the convenient Hop on/Hop off bus

Duration:
1 day
Language:
English + 9 more
from 54 $ per person

Private helicopter flight over New York - Ideal for couples

Private helicopter flight over New York - Ideal for couples

Discover the adventurer in you and enjoy the breathtaking view over New York. Take part in a private helicopter flight for two.

Duration:
30 minutes
830 $ price (private)

Private helicopter flight over New York for 2 - Incl. Statue of Liberty

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Private helicopter flight over New York for 2 - Incl. Statue of Liberty

Experience with your partner an exciting helicopter flight over New York. Marvel at the famous sights from a bird's eye view

Duration:
45 minutes
Languages:
English
1,153.50 $ price (private)

Ticket Empire State Building: Standard pass with priority admission

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Ticket Empire State Building: Standard pass with priority admission

Walk me the ticket for the Empire State Building past the queue at the ticket counter and visit the viewing platform on the 86th floor

  • ENTRANCE TO the 86th floor
from 42 $ per person

Ticket Empire State Building: Express Pass

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Ticket Empire State Building: Express Pass

With the Express Pass you can avoid 4 of the 6 queues in front of the Empire State Building. Enjoy unforgettable views of New York

  • INCL. AUDIO guide
from 79.50 $ per person

Empire State Building: Day and night access - twice in one day

Empire State Building: Day and night access - twice in one day

Visit the Empire State Building twice in one day and enjoy the view both day and night!

  • TWO VISITS to the Empire State Building in one day
from 61 $ per person

Empire State Building at sunrise

Empire State Building at sunrise

Experience the sunrise on the most famous building in New York City

from 135.50 $ per person

Empire State Building: Premium experience

Empire State Building: Premium experience

Feel like a VIP and enjoy the best view of Manhattan

Languages:
English
from 176 $ per person

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Travel tips for the Empire State Building

The best time to visit The Empire State Building is one of the most famous landmarks in New York City. It is well visited all year round and actually at any time of the year. The shortest waiting times at the second tallest building in the metropolis are before 10 am and after 10 pm. However, the opening hours of the skyscraper are very generous. 365 days a year from 8:00 to 2:00 you can visit the viewing platforms on the 86th and 102nd floors. The view is breathtaking both by day and by night.

Skip-the-line tickets

If in doubt, you will have to wait several times at the Empire State Building: at the ticket counters, at the security check and at the elevators. With the Standard Pass you enjoy priority admission. This means that you may pass the line at the ticket counter. But at the elevators you have to queue up in the queue. With the VIP Express Pass you also avoid the waiting time at the lifts. At the security checkpoint all visitors have to line up, safety first. To avoid queuing at the ticket counter, book a ticket with priority admission. Nobody can bypass the security checkpoint, because security is paramount here.

Empire State Building by day or night?

The Empire State Building offers a beautiful 360° view over the whole of Manhattan by day and by night. Both times of the day have their own charm. If the sun is favourable during the day and there is no fog over New York, you have the best chance to see the many sights of New York from a bird's eye view. At night, on the other hand, Manhattan appears in a completely new splendour. When the lights of the city begin to shine, a particularly romantic view is revealed to visitors.

How much time you should allow

When you visit the Empire State Building, you are not bound by any set visiting hours. Usually the stay (without waiting times) lasts one hour, if you visit both viewing platforms about 1.5 hours. A small highlight, which could extend your stay a little bit, is the live music, which is played from Thursday to Saturday between 10:00 pm and 1:00 am.

Directions to the Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is located at 5th Ave 350 between 33rd and 34th Street. Opening hours for the Empire State Building are from 8:00 a.m. in the morning until 2:00 a.m. at night. At 1:15, the last elevator goes up. The best way to get to the popular attraction is to take the subway line 6, take the subway to 33rd Street or take the B/D/F, Q or 1/2/3 lines and get off at 34th Street.

What you need to pay attention to

During the security check, glass, bottles and cans are taken from you. Make sure you have your photo camera with you, because the Empire State Building provides incredible photo opportunities.

7 attractions that can be seen from the Empire State Building

Enjoy a 360° panoramic view of all of Manhattan from the viewing platforms of the Empire State Building. With a height of approximately 443 meters, the skyscraper is the second largest building in New York and is especially popular for its colorful lighting. On special occasions, the building shines in a wide variety of colours, for example, during US American holidays it glows red-white-blue. After the World Cup victory of the German national soccer team, the Empire State Building even shone in black-red-gold. These top sights can be seen from the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building:

1. One World Trade Center

The One World Trade Center is not only the tallest building in New York, but also the tallest building in the entire USA. It was opened in early 2014 on the site of the former World Trade Center, also known as "Ground Zero", which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. From the Empire State Building, you can't miss the 540-meter-high skyscraper.

2. Statue of Liberty

In good weather you can see as far as Liberty Island from the Empire State Building. Here stands the probably most famous landmark of New York City, the Statue of Liberty. The "Statue of Liberty" represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. Since 1924 it has been a Statue of Liberty National Monument and since 1984 a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Chrysler Building

The Chrysler Building is also called the most beautiful skyscraper in New York and can also be admired from the Empire State Building. The approximately 319 meter high building was commissioned by Walter Percy Chrysler and visualized by architect William Van Alen between 1928 and 1930.

4. Times Square

You can also view Time Square from the Empire State Building. At night it will catch your eye faster than during the day because of its striking illumination. Times Square runs from West 42nd Street to West 47th Street and is New York's theatre district, the so-called Broadway. With about 40 theaters, several restaurants and a variety of other entertainment venues, it is one of the most popular attractions in New York.

5. Central Park

Central Park is also known as the "green lung of New York" and is hard to miss from the Empire State Building. The 349 hectare park was built as early as 1873 and attracts 25 million locals and tourists every year. Central Park is, in this sense, the most highly frequented tourist attraction in New York.

6. Brooklyn Bridge

Also discovering the Brooklyn Bridge will not be difficult for you. The bridge connects the districts of Manhattan and Brooklyn and is the oldest suspension bridge in the entire USA. Since its completion in 1883, the Brooklyn Bride is also known as the "Bridge of Desire" because it symbolizes the dream of a better life in New York.

7. Hudson River and East River

The Hudson River and the East River flow around Manhattan, the real centre of New York. Even if the name suggests otherwise, the East River is actually not a river at all, but a strait that connects the Long Island Sound with the Hudson River. From the Empire State Building, both waters, and the ships and ferries that pass through them, can be seen very well.

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