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Top 10 Most Beautiful City Skylines in the World

Updated on March 21, 2017

A city can be remembered and recognized by its skyline, since no two skylines are the same. Some of the most beautiful city skylines in the world are more familiar than others because of a substantial structure or building such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or the famous Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

New York City Skyline in 4K

10. New York City, NY

New York City has one of the most distinct, condensed, and diverse skylines in the world. From the overpowering New York skyscrapers, you can see the gorgeous views of New York and beyond, which explains why it's the most photographed skyline of all time. The remarkable stately structures such as the Chrysler building, the Bank of America Tower, Wall Street, Conde Nast building (aka Empire State Building), and the New York Times building, are what define the New York skyline.

New York City, Manhattan Panorama
New York City, Manhattan Panorama | Source

9. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

In the middle of the Arabian desert, situated alongside the Persian Gulf, emerges this magnificent city of unique modern architecture and engineering of skyscrapers soaring above the clouds and into the sky. Only a few cities in the world can compete with Burj Khalifa, which is half a mile high and the tallest structure on earth so far and is also two times the height of the Empire State Building.

Dubai skyline with reflection in the water.
Dubai skyline with reflection in the water. | Source

8. Paris, France

The Paris skyline remains one of the most breath-taking and distinguishable on earth with a view of the Eiffel Tower lighting up the sky. Even those that have never been to Europe recognize Paris from its Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower, with three observation decks and two restaurants, has outstanding views of the surrounding urban landscapes and the tall buildings of the business district that provide a stunning backdrop.

It's also the tallest structure in Paris and the 7th tallest in Europe with very few buildings over five levels high that can block the view of the skyline. The gleaming views at night are what give Paris its name as the "City of Lights."

Paris skyline with the Eiffel Tower in the center
Paris skyline with the Eiffel Tower in the center | Source

7. Singapore

Singapore is a modern architectural city with the cleanest metropolitan area in the world. The skyline is completely illuminated with colourful lights reflecting in the surrounding waters that make this one of the most alluring city skylines in the world. The Marina Bay Sands, which is the most expensive building in the world costing $5.7 billion, transformed its skyline into this glowing wonder.

Panorama image of Singapore's Skyline at night.
Panorama image of Singapore's Skyline at night. | Source

6. Dallas, Texas

A major inland American city, Dallas is home to seven buildings over 200 meters high as well as the Reunion Tower that carries this huge sphere of light, make up this amazing skyline of bright illumination at night. You’ll never regret if you decide to take a trip to see the Dallas skyline, it is something worth seeing once in a lifetime.


5. Shanghai, China

Shanghai is the biggest and most advanced city in China. With its collection of modern architecture of sky-high buildings and the dazzling lights of the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai's exceptional skyline is one of the most exquisite in the world. The Oriental Pearl Tower, which is 468 meters high costing $3 billion, has 11 spheres and a revolving restaurant with a glittering display of light at night.

Aerial image of the Shanghai skyline
Aerial image of the Shanghai skyline | Source

4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The fascinating skyline of Brazil is from atop Corcovado Mountain with views of the Atlantic Ocean, hilly islands, and endless sandy beaches. Rio de Janeiro's famous skyline is the prominent statue of "Christ the Redeemer" standing tall on a mountain top looking out over the ocean and everything beneath.

Panorama of the Rio de Janeiro Skyline
Panorama of the Rio de Janeiro Skyline | Source

3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The enticing Kuala Lumpur skyline has modern architectural style structures including Islamic, Malay, and Asian. Kuala Lumpur's landmark, Petronas Twin Towers, are the tallest twin towers in the world standing at 1,486 feet high, were built to look like rockets with a sky bridge stretching between the two towers.

Kuala Lumpur Skyline with the twin towers
Kuala Lumpur Skyline with the twin towers | Source

2. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is not only fascinating, but it's also full of history. It has an alluring culture with a modern and progressive mix of old and new, offering a skyline that is distinctive and utterly captivating. From the Galata Tower, you'll see the illuminated bridge stretching across the Bosphorus connecting Asia and Europe, as well as a view of the charming and enchanting Blue Mosque. And in the evening the background of the sparkling mountains and hilltops look like they were sprinkled with bright stars.

Modern Instanbul Skyline
Modern Instanbul Skyline | Source

1. Seattle, Washington

The prominent Space Needle Observation Tower is commonly referred to as the Emerald City. With Mount Rainier looming in the background, it is one of the most famous skylines on this planet.

There is something magical about gazing at the most beautiful city skylines in the world. Looking at the spectacular colours of light glistening in the darkness of the night and reflecting in the waters beneath gives the cities their distinct characteristics. With this world continually changing and new skyscrapers sprouting out everywhere constantly, there is no shortage of breath-taking skylines on this planet.

Evening image of Seattle Skyline
Evening image of Seattle Skyline | Source


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      Travel-Wise 12 months ago

      There are so many gorgeous skylines around the world! We love your list of the top 10. These cities have so much character which is part of what makes them so iconic and recognizable. Great hub!