Which German city has the best skyscrapers

The 20 most beautiful skylines in the world

The modern cities with their huge skyscrapers regularly cast a spell on us. No sooner has a graceful new skyscraper been completed in one city than it is surpassed by an even taller building in the next city.

Discover our top 20 list of the most impressive and beautiful skylines in the world here.

20th place: Los Angeles

The Los Angeles skyline - in the background the Santa Ana Mountains

The Los Angeles skyline is known to us from numerous Hollywood blockbusters. Most concise is the U.S. Bank Tower, which has been virtually destroyed in many films. (e.g. Independence Day)

further designations:L.A., City of Angels
Country:United States
highest building:U.S. Bank Tower (310 m)
famous landmarks:
  • City Hall
  • Hollywood lettering
  • U.S. Bank Tower
  • LAX Airport Tower
Distance:9302 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Los Angeles as a wall sticker:

19th place: London

London skyline - Tower Bridge in the foreground

In the financial metropolis of London there are great contrasts between historical buildings such as Tower Bridge and the modern buildings of the financial district. The building in the background was designed by the star architect Sir Norman Foster. Londoners refer to the 180 m high-rise building as "The Gherkin" (the pickle) because of its unusual shape. Under the top of the tower there is a glass viewing platform from which you have a great view over the city.

further designations:-
highest building:The Shard (310 m)
famous landmarks:
  • Tower bridge
  • Big Ben
  • London Eye
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Westminster Abbey
  • The Shard
Distance:637 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
London as a wall sticker:

18th place: Beijing

Beijing Skyline - The strange structure in the background is the CCTV building

A number of spectacular buildings were erected in Beijing for the 2012 Olympic Games. One of them is the 234 m high CCTV building. The building consists of two diagonally opposite sloping towers that bend in an L-shape and then meet at right angles. The construction is considered a static masterpiece.

further designations:Beijing
Country:People's Republic of China
highest building:China World Trade Center Tower III (330 m)
famous landmarks:
  • National Museum
  • Mao mausoleum
  • Temple of Heaven
  • National Stadium (bird's nest)
  • CCTV building
Distance:7780 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Beijing as a wall sticker:

17th place: Paris

Paris skyline - behind the Eiffel Tower, the high-rise La Défense district

The Eiffel Tower in Paris has undoubtedly an unmistakable recognition value. A quick look over the skyline is enough and you can see Paris. The actual high-rise buildings in the city are a bit out of the way in the La Défense district. The Grande Arche is striking, a modern building in the shape of a triumphal arch. The building stands in the extended axis of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.

further designations:city ​​of love
highest building:
  • Tour First (225 m)
  • Eiffel Tower (324 m, no high-rise)
famous landmarks:
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame
  • Louvre
  • Triumphal arch
  • Center Pompidou
  • Montmatre
Distance:477 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Paris as a wall sticker:

16th place: Moscow

Skyline of Moscow City, the high-rise district of Moscow

The Moscow high-rise district "Moscow City" is located on the banks of the Moscow River, about 5 km from the Kremlin. Mighty skyscrapers are being built here, which are mainly used as commercial and office buildings. In some buildings there are also extremely luxurious apartments for the wealthy of the country.

further designations:Moskva
highest building:Federazija Vostok (506 m)
famous landmarks:
  • Kremlin
  • St. Basil's Cathedral
  • Red place
  • Moscow City
  • Lomonosov University
Distance:2021 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Moscow as a wall sticker:

15th place: Bangkok

Bangkok skyline along the Chao Phraya River

Life and traffic in Bangkok are determined like no other city by the up to 400 m wide Chao Phraya. Bangkok is also called the city of canals, as many of the junctions can only be reached by boat. The tallest building in the city is the 304 m high Baiyoke Tower 2.

further designations:Krung Thep Mahanakhon
highest building:Baiyoke Tower 2 (304 m)
famous landmarks:
  • Grand Palace (Wat Phra Kaeo)
  • Wat Arun temple
  • Democracy Monument
  • Atana Samakom Throne Hall
Distance:8967 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Bangkok as a wall sticker:

Place 14: Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt skyline viewed from the Deutschherrenbrücke

Frankfurt am Main has Germany's most spectacular skyline. Because of the numerous skyscrapers, the city is also called "Mainhattan", based on the skyline of Manhattan (New York). The 300 m high Commerzbank Tower in the foreground was designed by the renowned architect Sir Norman Forster.

further designations:Mainhattan
highest building:Commerzbank Tower (300 m including antenna)
famous landmarks:
  • Romans
  • old opera
  • Maintower
  • Paulskirche
  • Europaturm
  • Commerzbank Tower
  • MesseTurm
Frankfurt as a wall sticker:

Rank 13: San Francisco

San Francisco skyline - the city is located on a hill

The pyramid-shaped skyscraper Transamerica Pyramid is unmistakably linked to the San Francisco skyline. The city is located in a bay and is connected to the surrounding area by distinctive bridges such as the Golden Gate Bridge. Due to the danger of earthquakes in California, the skyscrapers have to meet special structural properties.

further designations:Frisco, City by the Bay, San Fran
Country:United States
highest building:Transamerica Pyramid (260 m)
famous landmarks:
  • Fishermans Wharf
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Alcatratz
  • Transamerica pyramid
  • Coit Tower
  • Grace Cathedral
Distance:9132 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
San Francisco as a wall sticker:

12th place: Sydney

Sydney skyline

The unmistakable symbol of Sydney is the Sydney Opera House. The building, which was completed in 1973 after 14 years of construction, is now registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building was designed by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon.

further designations:-
highest building:Citigroup Center (243 m)
famous landmarks:
  • Sydney Opera
  • Harbor Bridge
  • Port Jackson
  • Sydney Tower
  • Sydney Observatory
Distance:16481 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Sydney as a wall sticker:

11th place: Seoul

Seoul skyline

Many of Seoul's skyscrapers are located in the Gangnam district. In his song "Gangnam Style", the artist Psy parodied the people's addiction to consumerism and prestige.
In the background of the cityscape you can see the illuminated N Seoul Tower on Mount Namsan. The television tower is open to the public and has several viewing platforms and a revolving restaurant.

further designations:-
Country:South Korea
highest building:Three IFC Office Tower (279 m)
famous landmarks:
  • N-Seoul Tower
  • Jongno Tower
  • National Museum of Korea
Distance:8549 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Seoul as a wall sticker:

Rank 10: Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro skyline

The skyline of Rio de Janeiro is determined less by the architecture than by natural features. Characteristic of Rio de Janeiro is the 394 m high Sugar Loaf and the 704 m high Corcovado, on which the Christ the Redeemer stands. A range of hills divides the city into two parts. To the south are the beach districts of Copacabana and Ipanema. North of the range of hills is the city's business center.

further designations:-
highest building:Rio Sul Center (163 m)
famous landmarks:
  • Sugar Loaf
  • Christ statue
  • Maracanã Stadium
Distance:9586 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Rio de Janeiro as a wall sticker:

9th place: Dubai

Dubai skyline

When it comes to skyscrapers, Dubai is a city of superlatives. With the 828 m high Burj Kalifa, Dubai is currently the tallest building in the world. In addition, the skyscrapers, which are over 300 m high, look like toys. Another landmark of Dubai is the Burj al Arab, one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. The 321 m high building has the silhouette of a sail.

further designations:Dubai City
Country:United Arab Emirates
highest building:Burj Khalifa (828 m)
famous landmarks:
  • Burj Khalifa
  • Burj al Arab
  • Atlantis, The Palm
  • Princess Tower
Distance:4832 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Dubai as a wall sticker:

Rank 8: Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur skyline

The skyline of Kuala-Lumpur is dominated by the 452 m high twin towers, the Petronas Towers. The building was the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004. The skybridge at a height of 172 m, which connects the two towers, is very striking. This can also be viewed for a fee.

further designations:-
highest building:Petronas Towers (452 ​​m)
famous landmarks:
  • Petronas Towers
  • Putrajaya Bridge
  • Menara Kuala Lumpur television tower
  • Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Distance:9953 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Kuala Lumpur as a wall sticker:

7th place: Toronto

Toronto skyline

With its 553 m, the CN Tower (Canadian National Tower) towers over the skyline of Toronto. It is the symbol of the city and was the tallest television tower in the world from 1975 to 2009. The Rogers Center, which is lit next to it, has a roof that can be opened automatically. The multifunctional sports arena is mainly used for football and baseball.

further designations:The Big Smoke, T.O.
highest building:
  • First Canadian Place (298 m)
  • CN Tower (553 m, no high-rise)
famous landmarks:
  • CN tower
  • City Hall
  • Rogers Center
  • Allen Lambert Galleria
Distance:6331 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Toronto as a wall sticker:

6th place: Tokyo

Tokyo skyline

The Rainbow Bridge in the foreground is a connection across the port of Tokyo. It is illuminated in different colors at night. The strikingly illuminated Tokyo Tower in the background was built in 1958 based on the model of the Eiffel Tower. Because of the air traffic, the tower was painted orange and white.

further designations:Tokyo
highest building:
  • Toranomon Hills (256 m)
  • Tokyo Skytree (553 m, TV tower)
famous landmarks:
  • Rainbow Bridge
  • Tokyo Skytree
  • Tokyo Tower
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Distance:9331 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Tokyo as a wall sticker:

5th place: Chicago

Chicago skyline

The Chicago skyline stretches along the southwest shore of Lake Michigan. The tallest building in the skyline is the 527 m high Willis Tower. The building, which was called the Sears Tower until 2009, has held several height records in the past. Another striking building in the skyline is the John Hancock Center, which with its two antennas comes to a height of 457 m.

further designations:Chi-City, The Windy City
Country:United States
highest building:Willis Tower (442 m)
famous landmarks:
  • Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)
  • John Hancock Center
  • Wrigley Building
  • Cloud gate
Distance:6967 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Chicago as a wall sticker:

4th place: Singapore

Singapore skyline

A highlight of Singapore is the rooftop pool at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The pool landscape extends over the three towers on the left in the picture. From the pool you have a wonderful view of the Singapore skyline.

further designations:Singapore, Singapura
Country:Republic of Singapore
highest building:Republic Plaza (280 m)
famous landmarks:
  • Republic Plaza
  • OUB Center
  • UOB Plaza One
  • Marina Bay Sands Hotel
  • Gardens by the Bay
Distance:10257 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Singapore as a wall sticker:

3rd place: Shanghai

Shanghai skyline

The Pudong district of the Chinese metropolis Shanghai is home to the city's skyscrapers. Conspicuous buildings are the "Pearl of the East" television tower with its two distinctive spheres and the Shanghai World Financial Center, which is reminiscent of a bottle opener. The opening in the building is used to reduce wind loads.

further designations:Shanghai
Country:People's Republic of China
highest building:Shanghai Tower (632 m)
famous landmarks:
  • Shanghai Tower
  • Shanghai World Financial Center
  • Jin Mao Tower
  • Shimao International Plaza
  • Shanghai Wheelock Square
Distance:8819 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Shanghai as a wall sticker:

2nd place: New York

New York skyline

The New York skyline is definitely one of the most famous skylines in the world. Defying all strokes of fate, the 541 m high One World Trade Center towers over the rest of the city's buildings. In the picture, the building can be seen in the background on the right behind the Empire State Building.

further designations:New York City, Big Apple
The city that never sleeps
Country:United States
highest building:One World Trade Center (541 m)
famous landmarks:
  • statue of Liberty
  • Empire State Building
  • One World Trade Center
  • Times square
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Flatiron Building
  • Chrysler Building
Distance:6202 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
New York as a wall sticker:

1st place: Hong Kong

Hong Kong skyline

The most imposing skyline in our opinion is the radiant skyline of Hong Kong. Feng Shui rules have been observed in many of the modern office buildings, which has led to extraordinary results. Conspicuous buildings in our illustration are the Bank of China on the left with its zigzag pattern and the 2 International Finance Center, which towers above the other buildings in the picture.

further designations:Hong Kong
Country:Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
highest building:International Commerce Center (484 m)
famous landmarks:
  • International Commerce Center
  • Bank of China Tower
  • Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank
  • Peak Tower
  • Lippo Center
  • Clock tower
  • Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
Distance:9146 km (to Frankfurt am Main)
Hong Kong as a wall sticker: