The 25 Most Beautiful Skylines in the World

Posted by on May 8, 2012

Ever since man walked upon the face of the Earth we have been trying to build things as high as we possibly can. Although sometimes it may be because we genuinely run out of horizontal space and are left with no options, it seems that for the most part our primary motivation stems from our egos. Over the course of the last century the title for worlds tallest building has changed hands numerous times and cities today are still trying to one up each other (at the times of this writing the title belongs to Dubai with the Burj Khalifa). This isn’t always a bad thing though especially for those of you who enjoy sightseeing. And if you include yourself in that category this your lucky day because from New York to Hong Kong these are the 25 most beautiful skylines in the world.
25

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab EmiratesYou may be tempted to think you’re seeing a mirage as some of the most modern architecture in the world emerges out of the desert before you and although it has one of the youngest skylines in the world it is also one of the most unique.

24

Shanghai, China

Shanghai, ChinaImage SourceAlong with China’s economy, it’s largest city is expanding…rapidly.

23

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kualalumpur, MalaysiaAlthough it doesn’t have the densest skyline in the world but it holds several other records including the tallest twin buildings with the Petronas Towers.

22

Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt, GermanyUnlike other European cities, Frankfurt manages to combine its old school, low rise European architecture with a modern, high rise downtown district .

21

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, TaiwanImage SourceAs the capital of the Republic of China (commonly referred to as Taiwan) the world’s second tallest building, Taipai 101, rises from the city’s streets.

20

Boston, USA

BostonImage SourceFrom a distance, Boston’s skyline is often overlooked due to the fact that it doesn’t have any really tall skyscrapers. Up close though, it’s easy to see why one of America’s oldest cities would be on this list.

19

Panama City, Panama

Panama City, PanamaImage SourceWithout a doubt the most prominent skyline in Central America, Panama City is dotted with modern high rise condos and hotels along its waterfront.

18

Paris, France

Paris, FranceImage SourceWith the iconic Eiffel Tower rising out of the background Paris has one of the most recognizable skylines in the world.

17

London, United Kingdom

London, United KingdomImage SourceAlthough it doesn’t have many high rises, between Parliament, the London Eye, and St. Paul’s Cathedral London has its fair share of distinct features dotting its low profile skyline.

16

Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta, IndonesiaImage SourceOn the border of east and west, Jakarta is a land of contrasts with western style skyscrapers and high rises scattered throughout a city that is dominated by traditional Indonesian culture.

15

San Fransisco, USA

San FransiscoImage SourceSet against a backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge spanning the San Fransisco Bay, San Fran has some of the best nature/city views in North America.

14

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, ThailandThis rapidly growing city is very similar to Jakarta in that it has a scattered skyline that reflects its chaotic and expanding nature.

13

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil‘In the case of Rio de Janeiro it’s not so much the buildings that give it an incredible skyline as much as it is the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooking the city with Sugar Loaf Mountain in the background.

12

Beijing, China

Beijing, ChinaImage SourceLargely due to hosting the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Beijing underwent a lot of renovation, which included some impressive changes to its skyline.

11

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, AustraliaImage SourceHome to the world famous Sydney Opera House, this city has one of the world’s most famous skylines.

David Pegg

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After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • The End of An Era

    Yes, Houston has a beautiful skyline, indeed. As a resident of NJ, I can tell you that the NY skyline is awesome and never gets old. Boston??? zzzzz

  • Kyle Jones

    How can any fool think, “Seattle and Toronto should be here” and then not Vancouver. The list is overall great, except ******* Seattle, it’s a ******** version of Vancouver.

  • B

    Love this list! That’s not the Golden Gate Bridge though. I know the Bay Bridge anywhere. ;)

  • Pedro

    Where are Buenos Aires, Chongqing, etc…???