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Built on the site of the original World Trade Center, One World Trade Center is home to the tallest building and the highest observation deck in the USA - it’s a symbolic 1776 feet (541 meters) tall, in recognition of the year that the United States was founded. Take the elevator up to the 102nd floor in a swift 47 seconds and enjoy the panoramic views of New York.
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Combine your ticket with a walking tour to learn even more about the World Trade Center and the history of the area.
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6 tips for visiting the One World Trade Center

Entrance to the One World Observatory | Flickr: Kai Brinker CC BY 2.0
Save with City PassesThe elevator takes a full 47 seconds to reach the 102nd floor, home to the One World Observatory, an observation deck that offers an unparalleled view of all of New York. Here you can also find virtual attractions. Tickets for the One World Observatory visitor center are included in the Sightseeing Pass NYC & Flex and FreeStyle Pass city tickets.
View from the One World Trade Center | Photo: Unsplash, Robert Bye - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Enjoy a drink or a fine mealThanks to the great view, it's worth taking the opportunity to have a cocktail on site or treat yourself to dinner at sunset. A ticket to One World Observatory is required for a table reservation at ONE Dine.
Avoid queuesThe combined or all-inclusive ticket gets you through the security gate and into one of the elevators faster - so it's worth the extra cost if you're short on time or patience.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial & MuseumThe 9/11 Museum and Memorial is also situated directly at Ground Zero. The 9/11 Museum documents the tragic terrorist attack of 2001. 10,000 objects and interviews with 2,000 witnesses deal with the tragedy.
Street art at the World Trade CenterThe actual World Trade Center is not just one skyscraper, but a complex of several different office buildings. In addition to the One World Trade Center, art lovers in particular should also aim for the 4 World Trade Center. There you can find a gallery with New York street art on the 69th floor. By the way: Between the high-rise buildings at the World Trade Center is now also the so-called Liberty Park, a publicly accessible park.
Explore DowntownIn case you didn’t know, One World Trade Center is located in the world-famous Manhattan Downtown, which offers many of the Big Apple's most famous attractions. When you leave the huge office complex, it's not far to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, or Wall Street. And not to forget, Downtown is also known for its shopping culture.
One World Trade Center street view | Pixabay

Facts and history: One World Trade Center

The new World Trade Center is more than just a tourist attraction. Not forgotten is the tragic terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, which destroyed the original World Trade Center. The new skyscraper is hence symbolic of the reappraisal of this once worldwide shock.

What's the story behind its hight?

Along with the Edge at Hudson Yards, Rockefeller Center (Top of the Rock) and Empire State Building observation decks, the One World Trade Center observation deck is the highest in New York and provides a 360-degree panorama of the Big Apple. However, the height of 1776 ft (541 m) was not chosen by chance. In 1776, the US Declaration of Independence was adopted, releasing the country from British rule.

Freedom Tower

For the Ground Zero site, where the first World Trade Center stood before the attacks, the construction of a new skyscraper was planned as early as 2002. Initially, the skyscraper, which was already under construction since 2004’s Independence Day, was also called Freedom Tower, and this name is still used in the vernacular. The architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill based its design on an initial draft by architect Daniel Libeskind, who also designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin, among other things.
Brooklyn Bridge infront of the One World Trade Center | Photo: Unsplash, Ana Lanza - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

11 years of construction

After 11 years of construction, the new One World Trade Center with its 1776 ft height was finally completed in 2015. This ultra-modern skyscraper, the seventh tallest in the world, houses mainly offices in addition to the observation deck and restaurant on a total of 104 floors. As an office building, it is actually the tallest in the world.
9/11 Memorial | Photo: Unsplash, jesper blijdestein - CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The World Trade Center is bigger than you think

One World Trade Center is merely the centerpiece of a much larger World Trade Center complex. Before and after the completion of the gigantic skyscraper in downtown, a memorial, a museum and five other office buildings, numbered from two to five and seven, were also built, in addition to a park (Liberty Park) and a new Greek Orthodox church, after the previous building did not survive the attack.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the One World Trade Center barrier-free accessible?

This sight is barrier-free accessible. Read more.

What is the minimum age for the One World Observatory?

Admission is granted to guests of all ages, however, children under the age of 17 may visit the observation deck if accompanied by an adult only. Read more.

Is it allowed to take food inside the building?

It is not allowed to bring food purchased outside the One World Trade Center. Read more.

Is it allowed to carry bags and backpacks during the visit?

Large bags and backpacks exceeding the dimensions of 25 x 17 x 9 inch (63 x 43 x 23 cm) and other large items are prohibited are prohibited inside the One World Trade Center and may not be taken onto the observation deck. An exception is only made for strollers. Please note that there are no storage facilities. Read more.

Is it allowed to take photos and videos of the building?

For personal purposes, videos and photos may be taken during the visit. Please note that tripods as well as selfie sticks are prohibited. Read more.

New York's highest observation decks

Total height
Height of observation deck
Open since
New York
One World Trade CenterNew York | USA
546m#1 in New York#1 in USA#8 worldwide
387m#1 in New York#2 in USA#13 worldwide
Empire State BuildingNew York | USA
443m#2 in New York#3 in USA#17 worldwide
373m#3 in USA#14 worldwide
30 Hudson YardsNew York | USA
387m#3 in New York#5 in USA#26 worldwide
342m#4 in USA#17 worldwide
Burj KhalifaDubai | UAE
828m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
585m#1 in UAE#1 worldwide
Eiffel TowerParis | France
324m#1 in France#42 worldwide
276m#1 in France#36 worldwide
The ShardLondon | UK
310m#1 in UK#46 worldwide
244m#1 in UK#52 worldwide
One World Trade Center is number 1 in New York and number 13 on the worldwide list of the tallest buildings with an observation deck.

General information

opening hours

One World Observatory is open daily from 9 a.m. until at least 7 p.m., although closing times may vary by several hours depending on the time of year. Times may also vary on holidays.


Children under the age of 6 are admitted free of charge. Please note that a free ticket must be redeemed at the One World Observatory guest service desk, which is located on the lower level.


One World Trade Center
285 Fulton Street
New York, New York 10007


The Standard Ticket costs $39 for a fixed time slot, a $49 ticket gets you priority access at the entrances and elevators for a fixed time slot, while the $59 All-Inclusive Ticket also includes a $15 food voucher and timed admission. Exclusive to MasterCard owners, the Mastercard VIP Tour can be purchased, which for $69 includes a 60-minute guided tour of the Observatory as well as the $15 gastronomy and gift store voucher.

how to get there

By subway, you can take the A or C line to Chambers Street station, or the E line to World Trade Center, the 1 to Rector Street, the 2, 3 ,4 or 5 to Fulton Street, or the R or W lines to Cortland Street. PATH trains terminate right at the station next to 1WTC. For motorists, there is valet parking at Brookfield Place.
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