Skylines have always belonged to my favourite photo subjects. They encapsulate the essence of a city. When you see a photo of a city skyline, you immediately recognize the city (if you happen to know it). Before I visit a new city I always do some research and try to find the best vantage points for photographing the city’s skyline.

In some cities, good vantage points are abundant and very easily accessible (e.g. Hong Kong or New York), in others to get a good view of its skyline you must go to an observation deck (if there is one), find a hilltop with few or no trees, book a room on a high floor in a fancy hotel or gain rooftop access in a tall building.

There are several kinds of skylines: modern (e.g. Singapore, Yokohama), historic (e.g. Prague, Valletta) and mixed ones (e.g. Cologne). Some skylines feature only buildings, other include also natural elements (e.g. mountains in Hong Kong or Salzburg). I like them all and on this page I present some of my favorite ones.

Yokohama, Japan - City Skyline at Sunset
25 Feb 2017 Yokohama #01

Yokohama Skyline at Sunset, Japan

The Yokahama Landmark Tower is the tallest building in that city and one of the tallest structures in Japan. As a matter of fact, with its 296 m, or 972 ft, it is tall enough that I could see it on the horizon through the window of my hotel room in Minato Ward in Tokyo, which was some 26 km (16 miles) away. The tower is located in Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama. Minato (港) means “port” in Japanese, so the fact that the ward in Tokyo shares the name with a district in Yokohama, is a coincidence. […]

Lower Manhattan Skyline as Seen from New Jersey at Sunrise
08 Feb 2017 New York City #08

Lower Manhattan Skyline as Seen from New Jersey at Sunrise

This photo of the Lower Manhattan skyline was taken in 2014 on a chilly April morning, half an hour after this one. I had wanted to return to New York City for a long time, but I waited patiently until the construction of One World Trade Center (previously known also as the Freedom Tower) was completed. […]

Stockholm, Sweden - Skyline of Södermalm District at the Blue Hour
07 Feb 2017 Stockholm #02

The Skyline of Södermalm District at the Blue Hour

The Swedish capital Stokholm is extremely picturesque and there are many fantastic vantage points in this city. This photo was taken from the Central Bridge (Centralbron in Swedish) and shows the skyline of Södermalm. At first, I thought that the building on top of the hill was some a small castle or a palace.

Toronto Skyline and Lake Ontario at the Blue Hour - Canada
03 Feb 2017 Toronto #06

Toronto Skyline and Lake Ontario at the Blue Hour - Canada

Thanks to Toronto’s location on Lake Ontario and the high concentration of skyscrapers in its central business district, it is not difficult to find spots with great skyline views. […]