Dubai, United Arab Emirates
You 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, but you’d be wrong Although it has one of the youngest skylines in the world, it is also one of the most unique.
Along with China’s economy, its largest city is expanding rapidly and has the skyline to prove it.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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.
Unlike other European cities, Frankfurt manages to combine its old school, low rise European architecture with a modern, high rise downtown district.
As 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.
From 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.
Panama City, Panama
Without a doubt the most prominent skyline in Central America, Panama City is dotted with modern high rise condos and hotels along its waterfront.
With the iconic Eiffel Tower rising out of the background, Paris has one of the most recognizable skylines in the world.
London, United Kingdom
Although 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.
On 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.
San Fransisco, USA
Set 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.
This rapidly growing city is very similar to Jakarta in that it has a scattered skyline that reflects its chaotic and expanding nature.
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’s the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue overlooking the city with Sugar Loaf Mountain in the background.
Largely due to hosting the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Beijing underwent a lot of renovation, which included some impressive changes to its skyline.
Home to the world famous Sydney Opera House, this city has one of the world’s most famous skylines.
Due to its lack of zoning restrictions, high rises in Houston can be built all over town, giving it a slightly more scattered look.
In 1970, it was just a tiny fishing village near Hong Kong. Today, it’s a bustling metropolis with over 6 million residents. With a skyline that is expanding as fast as its population, it shows no sign of slowing.
With the famous Space Needle Observation Tower silhouetted against the backdrop of Mount Rainier, the Emerald City has a very memorable skyline.
As the financial capital of the eastern world, the Tokyo metropolitan area has twice as many people as New York City, and its skyline reflects it.
Dominated by the distinct shape of the CN Tower, Toronto’s skyline is one of the most easily identifiable in the world.
With three of the tallest twenty buildings in the world, Chicago was one of the first cities to start building towards the sky in the late 1800’s.
As one of the cleanest and best-planned cities in the world, Singapore can sometimes seem to be a bit too perfect. Although it has air traffic control restrictions that limit buildings to less than 280 meters in height, it still has one of the most amazing skylines in the world.
Seoul, South Korea
More than anywhere else on Earth, Seoul sits right on the border of east and west, and its central business district consists of row upon row of high rises.
New York City, USA
With 48 buildings rising above 200 meters, New York City doesn’t just have the most skyscrapers in the world, but they are also some of the most diverse and densely packed.
With four of the tallest 20 skyscrapers in the world set against a mountainous background, Hong Kong’s skyline is a sight to behold. It has even been labeled the “tallest city in the world.”