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|
|highest building:||U.S. Bank Tower (310 m)|
|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.
|highest building:||The Shard (310 m)|
|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.
|Country:||People's Republic of China|
|highest building:||China World Trade Center Tower III (330 m)|
|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|
|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.
|highest building:||Federazija Vostok (506 m)|
|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)|
|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.
|highest building:||Commerzbank Tower (300 m including antenna)|
|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|
|highest building:||Transamerica Pyramid (260 m)|
|Distance:||9132 km (to Frankfurt am Main)|
|San Francisco as a wall sticker:|
12th place: Sydney
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.
|highest building:||Citigroup Center (243 m)|
|Distance:||16481 km (to Frankfurt am Main)|
|Sydney as a wall sticker:|
11th place: Seoul
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.
|highest building:||Three IFC Office Tower (279 m)|
|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.
|highest building:||Rio Sul Center (163 m)|
|Distance:||9586 km (to Frankfurt am Main)|
|Rio de Janeiro as a wall sticker:|
9th place: Dubai
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)|
|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.
|highest building:||Petronas Towers (452 m)|
|Distance:||9953 km (to Frankfurt am Main)|
|Kuala Lumpur as a wall sticker:|
7th place: Toronto
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.|
|Distance:||6331 km (to Frankfurt am Main)|
|Toronto as a wall sticker:|
6th place: Tokyo
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.
|Distance:||9331 km (to Frankfurt am Main)|
|Tokyo as a wall sticker:|
5th place: Chicago
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|
|highest building:||Willis Tower (442 m)|
|Distance:||6967 km (to Frankfurt am Main)|
|Chicago as a wall sticker:|
4th place: Singapore
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)|
|Distance:||10257 km (to Frankfurt am Main)|
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3rd place: Shanghai
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.
|Country:||People's Republic of China|
|highest building:||Shanghai Tower (632 m)|
|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
|highest building:||One World Trade Center (541 m)|
|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)|
|Distance:||9146 km (to Frankfurt am Main)|
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