Built during the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser with Soviet assistance, this 187 meter (615-feet)-high slender tower on an ... More
Built during the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser with Soviet assistance, this 187 meter (615-feet)-high slender tower on an island in the Nile offers spectacular views of Cairo. Its concrete lattice work with a fluted lotus flower finial is unique, but makes the tower look somewhat like an elongated rubbish bin. There is an overpriced restaurant that occasionally revolves, but its better to skip it altogether in favor of the roof deck and its fantastic panoramic views. Telescopes are available.
Well I just visited Cairo tower and to obtain a ticket was an adventure because I don't know why the kiosk was very well hidden. I paid for a ticket to watch Cairo with the telescope but what a surprise; there was only one telescope and it was covered with black leather so that people can't use it
The Cairo Tower is one of the few spots in Cairo you can get up high and have a great view. Its also a lot cooler at the top because of the wind and its island location, making it a great escape from summer weather. I suggest going about an hour before sunset, staking out a good spot, and watching the sunset. Keep an eye out for the pyramids of Giza on the horizon too.