World’s best skylines views

A fantastic view of a city skyline is a thing to behold.

Not only does gazing at wonderful feats of engineering and architecture fill us with amazement, city views give us a sense of perspective and can place our busy lives in a wider context. From up high or from a distance, everyday worries and concerns can disappear as we sit back and admire strength and elegance of tall city buildings, imaginative infrastructure and historic structures.

Below we look at some of the most iconic city skylines from around the world.

New York

Manhattan, the spiritual home of the skyscraper. This view of Manhattan, with the Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground, captures all the excitement and life that fills it on a daily basis. Image: flickr



Not a modern skyscraper to be seen, but this view of the Edinburgh skyline with the Dugald Stewart Monument in the foreground and Edinburgh Castle in the background is a stunning vista. Image:



Shanghai’s quickly filling skyline has become a symbol of China’s economic prosperity. Image: flickr



Many Melburnians enjoy this view of the city from across the Yarra River and the Princes Bridge as the make their way to work each day.


Hong Kong

Is there a more densely packed skyline in the world than that of Hong Kong? Image: Wikipedia


Rio De Janeiro

Millions of people have been wowed by the site of Christ the Redeemer standing tall and looking down on the city of Rio de Janeiro. Image:



A great triple act: the Danube river runs under the Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest and down towards the Hungarian Parliament building with its amazing dome. Image:



The still waters of Lake Ontario provide a stunning foreground for the Toronto skyline, which is dominated by the CN Tower. Image:



St Pauls’ Cathedral is one of the most famous and recognisable sights of London, dominating the city’s skyline for 300 years. Image: flickr



Florence’s Duomo Cathedral completed in 1436 casts a magical spell over the city and transfixes millions of tourists each year. Image:

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