22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

By Attila Nagy on at

Skycrapers, TV towers, and observation towers are among the most emergent objects of human engineering. If you want to look around as far as possible without climbing a mountain or getting on a plane, you just have to buy a ticket to the observation deck of the nearest super-tall structure.

Here are the views from the top floors of some of the tallest buildings in the world. Chances are, you can see your house from here.

22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 828 m.
Photo: Tom Olliver


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

Tokyo by night from the Tokyo Skytree. Tokyo, Japan. 634m.

Photo: Dell's Pics


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The crescent located at the top of Abraj Al-Bait Towers (Mecca Royal Hotel Clock Tower). Mecca, Saudi Arabia. 601m.

Photo: Wurzelgnohm/Wikimedia Commons


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The Canton Tower. Guangzhou, China. 600m.

Photo: Trevor Patt


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The CN Tower. Toronto, Canada. 553.3m.

Photo: Doc Searls


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

One World Observatory, on the 100th floor of One World Trade Centre, New York City, United States. 541m.

Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The Ostankino TV Tower. Moscow, Russia. 540.1 m.

Photo: Andy M.


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

Taipei 101. Taipei, Taiwan. 509m.

Photo: Matthew Wu


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

Panorama of Shanghai and the Huangpu River from the top floor of Shanghai World Financial Centre. Shanghai, China. 492m.

Photo: Feng Li/Getty Images


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The International Commerce Centre. Hong Kong, China. 484m.

Photo: Vanishaaron


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The Oriental Pearl Tower. Shanghai, China. 468m.

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The John Hancock Centre. Chicago, United States. 457.2 m

Photo: Allen McGregor


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The Petronas Towers. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 452m.

Photo: Albert Freeman


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The Zifeng Tower. Nanjing, China. 450m.

Photo: Sharon Hahn Darlin


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The Empire State Building. New York City, United States. 449m.

Photo: Alex Faundez


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The Chicago skyline with Lake Michigan in the background from atop the Willis Tower (formerly named and still commonly referred to as Sears Tower) Skydeck. Chicago, United States. 442m.

Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The Kingkey 100. Shenzhen, China. 442m.

Photo: Trevor Patt


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The Milad Tower. Tehran, Iran. 435m.

Photo: Hansueli Krapf/Wikimedia Commons


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

A Blade Runner-ish scene from the Jin Mao tower. Shanghai, China. 421.5m.

Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The Kuala Lumpur Tower. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 421m.

Photo: Sam Gao


22 Breathtaking Views From the World's Tallest Buildings

The Al Hamra Tower. Kuwait City, Kuwait. 413 m.

Photo: Pedro Dash T


Top photo, a night view from Burj Khalifa by Jack Zalium

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