I’m a sucker for a good skyline. In fact, I think the only thing that could rival my love for nature and the outdoors is its’ very opposite: big city skyscrapers and crowds full of strangers. They do say opposites attract. But where can you find the best skylines in the world? WOW has picked just 10.
The World’s Best Skylines
According to all sources on the internet, there are no less than 5,845 high rise buildings in New York City, more affectionately known as Alicia Key’s concrete jungle where dreams are made of. Oh, and there’s nothing you can’t do-ooooo.
Best View: Empire State Building
Coming in at a close second on the list is Hong Kong – considered to be one of the world’s best skylines. Be sure to visit Victoria Peak for the best views of the HK skyline, particularly at night. But don’t just stop there. Hong Kong’s skyline is best enjoyed from various points of view.
Best View: Victoria Peak
It might surprise you to see Australia’s Sydney so high on the list, but with a harbour so darling that it is indeed aptly named such, its hard to resist giving credit where credit is due. Almost anyone could describe the Sydney Harbour given its’ popularity as the world’s most recognisable NYE destination.
Best View: Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
No list of the world’s best city skylines would be complete without mention of London. This is one of the world’s most iconic cities and indeed the most popular city for international tourists. There are many great pockets of the city to explore, but for the best sunset photography make your way to Westminster Bridge.
Best View: The Shard
It has changed a lot over the years, but like wine the Chicago skyline has bettered itself with age. Only to be outdone by New York City itself, Chicago’s skyline has a lot to offer even for the budding photograph enthusiast.
Best View: By Boat on Lake Michigan
Dubai is the desert city that seems to have appeared quite literally out of nowhere. But its not an overnight occurrence. Dubai changes daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and more recognisably by the decade. You could indeed never go to Dubai twice and see the same thing… somewhere, something is always changing.
Best View: From the Sky via Helicopter
It would appear that the Marina Bay Sands put Singapore well and truly on the map. For sure, this is Singapore’s most iconic Skyline view, but don’t be tempted to stop by Singapore just for this view. There is much to uncover when you search for the ‘old’ Singapore, you’ve just got to be willing to look.
Best View: Marina Bay Sands
Shanghai is worth a visit for the skyline alone. It is one of the fastest growing skylines in the world and the picture alone says it all. I’d go so far as to say it is within the top three best skylines in the world, however if you’ve read this far in the list, consider this piece of knowledge a little hidden prize for your efforts.
Best View: The Bund (Wai Tan)
With over 13 million inhabitants it should come at no surprise that Tokyo has some extraordinarily impressive architecture. The skyline is stunning, particularly at night. But equally beautiful and impressive is the street life – perhaps this is one place that is more fascinating on the ground than above, even when it comes to architecture.
Best View: Tokyo City View/Sky Deck
From the glittering Petronas Towers to the many highrise buildings that make up the skyline of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital certainly has a strong offering for lovers of cityscape architecture.
Best View: Sky Bar
Images by World of Wanderlust or via wikicommons.