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10 of the World’s Best Skylines

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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

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New York

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


Hong Kong

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

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Sydney, Australia

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

Chicago Skyline Sunrise


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

Shangri-La Dubai


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)

Tokyo Skyline


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

  Kuala Lumpur Skyline

Kuala Lumpur

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.

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    April 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Awesome that you included Singapore within! And I agree with the Shanghai one, the Bund really is a lovely place to be at in the evening. Can’t wait to go to all the other cities that I’ve yet to been to to check out their skylines!

    Adelaide Haynes
    April 5, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I can definitely vouch for Shanghai having an incredible skyline! I was absolutely blown away when I went there. I went to the top of the tallest building there, 114 floors I believe, and they were even building a to be taller one next to it. It was so incredible!

    April 5, 2015 at 4:29 am

    Agree with all of these, though I definitely my hometown of Toronto deserves a mention! It’s skyline is breathtaking from across the lake on the city’s islands. Truly stunning!
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    Kelly | Endlessly Exploring
    April 4, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I think NYC will always be my personal favourite city skyline! I absolutely love the view of it from Top of the Rock and from the rooftop bars in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (especially at sunset!) So stunning!

    Leesa & Kate
    April 2, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Great suggestions!

    xx Leesa & Kate
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    a b
    April 2, 2015 at 6:25 am

    what about las vegas, rome, florence, jerusalem skylines?

    April 2, 2015 at 5:43 am

    These skylines are all amazing, specially the Shanghai one – it’s also crazy how quickly that one changes.
    My favourite however will always be the Downtown LA one 🙂

    xx Cheyenne

    Tajirul Haque
    April 2, 2015 at 3:31 am

    WOW, I have not been able to see all of these yet…. but I will really love to………. I have been to Dubai and Singapore and I loved the both…….

    April 1, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Ugh, looking at this and thinking, ‘I’ve only been to London and New York’. So much left to see and do! At least I live in one of the aforementioned two. Great post!

    April 1, 2015 at 4:41 am

    What a great idea for a post! There is, indeed, something contradictory magical about the skylines of the big cities… something that doesn’t go well together when you think about it, and yet proved to be a perfect combination in reality.

    Stephanie Rogers
    March 31, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Really amazing list! And such beautiful photos!

    Sarah Elizabeth
    March 31, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Ahh we recently went to Dubai and New York and they were the first ‘Skyscraper cities’ we had experienced aside from our home capital, London. There is something about being surrounded by such vast buildings, we were mesmerized in both cities! Can’t wait to tick more of these off the list. thank you! GIPD xx

    March 31, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Awesome photos!
    So far, I have only checked off……*drumroll* Dubai and London lol.
    The rest are on my Bucketlist as they are simply amazing!!

    March 31, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Great list!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    March 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Always a sucker for a good skyline.
    Still need to tick a few of these places off

    Brianna Rose
    March 31, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I live near New York and I totally get it…but nothing will ever be as lovely as the charm of Edinburgh!!! Hands down the best city in the world! It’s so stunning and secretive and full of history and beauty. Especially from the top of Arthur’s Seat or the high walls of Edinburgh Castle.

    Joanna Dobrowolski
    March 31, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I’m a born and raised New Yorker and I’d have to say my favorite view of the NYC skyline is definitely from the piers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s especially beautiful at sunset when the sky changes colors and you get the reflection off the east river. On top of that, Williamsburg is a great neighborhood filled with cute little restaurants, bars, and boutiques. You definitely have to check it out next time you’re in NYC!

    March 31, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Sky Deck in Tokyo was such an incredible experience, being that high up completely took my breath away. Hoping to visit all of the other destinations on the list someday soon, in particular Hong Kong and finally getting around to New York!!


    Brittany Stopa
    March 31, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Great choices, I agree! I’ve been to many of these and would love to see the rest…also I’m biased but I would add Boston to the line-up 🙂

    Kylie Mantei
    March 31, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Vancouver, Canada, had one of the best in the world, too! Guess you’ll have to come here and see 🙂 Paris is another favourite as well

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    March 31, 2015 at 2:43 am

    I’ve been traveling throughout Germany and Switzerland, and I always get suckered in to climbing up bell towers! I just can’t enough of beautiful views. Thanks for sharing!


    March 31, 2015 at 1:33 am

    ahh I’m a sucker for skyline views. For NYC, it’s nice to see it onboard the cruise or from New Jersey’s POV! and for the first time, I actually have covered 80% of the places in someone’s list! 😉 Seems like I really need to check out Dubai & London soon. x

    xx Jing

    March 31, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Wow, all those skylines are so stunning! I remember when I was in New York up in the Empire State and you could see the whole city under you. It is definitely so crazy what we have been able to build. Nice post! Have a wonderful day Brooke! Kisses,

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    Rachel @ Vagabondbaker
    March 31, 2015 at 12:13 am

    I love the Shanghai skyline from the Bund, it’s so quirky, and I can never get enough of seeing the Petronas Towers in KL. Hong Kong just blew me away, it rained all week when I visited and those glittering towers looks so amazing under dark, rain filled clouds.

    Glaiza Villanueva-De Leon
    March 30, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Awesome photos! I hope to see all these beautiful skylines someday. 🙂 And thanks for sharing where to see the best view, will take note of that when I visit these cities.

    March 30, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Such amazing skylines 🙂
    I never saw one these in real life but I’m sure it must be sooo impressing.

    March 30, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Great list of cities. Glad Chicago made the list.

    Paris by Friday
    March 30, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve been very fortunate to visit half of these – my love for cities and skylines is rooted in my love for modern architecture. My absolute favourite had to be Singapore; it was absolutely breathtaking and I’d do anything to go back there again. Marina Bay is truly spectacular and staying in the eponymous hotel was a huge plus. I can’t wait to explore the rest of these, namely Chicago, Tokyo, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong – they all sound incredible.

    As for NYC, I’ll have to agree to disagree with you on the best vantage point: I went to both the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Centre and I have to give it to the latter!

    With love ♥︎ »

    March 30, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Would LOVE to see New York some day! All added to the bucket list ♥ Thanks for sharing!

    March 30, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Singapore!!! Wow what an amazing view, I hope to see it for real one day 🙂
    XO Janina

    Sarah Kennerley
    March 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Auckland, New Zealand needs to make this list! Either from a boat in the harbour or up the Sky Tower.

    March 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Love that Kuala Lumpur made the cut! 🙂

    March 30, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Yes they are all THE WORLD’S BEST SKYLINES that has been proved!

    March 30, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I loved the Shanghai skyline, so beautiful! These are all great!


    Karen Farber
    March 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Want to see each and every one of these beautiful cities in person! New York is next up 😉

    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel
    March 30, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Oh I live skylines too!! Tokyo have some great ones, including Tokyo Tower, Skytree, Mori Tower and the Tokyo Metroplotian Government Building which is free!

    Personally I thought Top of the Rock had a better view in NY, because then you get a view of the Empire State building as well!

    March 30, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I definitely agree with all of these! I’ve been to a few of the cities on this list, but I definitely want to visit all of them!

    March 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Seriously? These concrete jungles are the best skyline you have seen? Well then I’m sorry but your travelling destinations are a bit shallow. The best view you can ever have is where human left nature to do its magic.

      March 30, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Most of the world thinks cities when you hear the word “skyline” I’m sure she knows there’s plenty of beauty in nature, but this was meant to be a city skyline post 🙂

    March 30, 2015 at 10:24 am

    I love so much skylines too but let’s take a moment and talk about how stunning all the photos are…I wish to can be in each one of those places ^_^

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    March 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Paris and Toronto also have a really cool skyline!

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    March 30, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Paris and Toronto have really cool skylines too!

    March 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

    I love cityscapes! I wanted to get a good night shot last time I was in New York but it was frigid and I wimped out. One day!

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    Rachel Oliver
    March 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

    these views look absolutely amazing! definitely on my list to see everyone of these before i die!

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    Robin // Robin + Rose Design
    March 30, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I’ve always loved a good skyline, especially as a kid. From this list, I’ve “only” been to New York, London, and Tokyo, but I can’t wait to see some of these others. As a sky-line-loving kid, I always enjoyed when we drove through the Southern big cities, like Atlanta… smaller for cities, but the lights were still fabulous.

    Jake Ryan
    March 30, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Ahhh New York is my favourite…it’s just so photographable.

    Hong Kong is easily a close second.


    March 30, 2015 at 8:03 am

    You’re totally right about this! Skylines are the best, and this list is amazing! I can’t decide which one I like more, but I think I’d have to go with Shanghai, it looks so futuristic, I love it!

    March 30, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Wonderful photos!I have seen Dubai and London skyline yet and in June I will see NY which is my dream for a very long time.Cannot wait!:)

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    March 30, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Don’t forget about Cape Town, South Africa! Can’t beat a mountain next to a high-rise.

    Susan the farm quilter
    March 30, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Seoul’s skyline is pretty incredible too. Hard for this country girl to appreciate the living conditions in these crowded cities, but they are fun to visit! No Paris on the list? Interesting. Perth’s skyline is lovely too. Of course, I’ll always prefer the Grand Tetons!!!