Skyscrapers are a big part of many cities’ identities, as they tower over them and shape their famous skylines. They are a status of innovation, power and freedom and make the city’s inhabitants proud. For these reasons, visiting their observation decks is a great way to get to know more about a new city while on holiday.

Climb your way to the top of these observation decks and soak in the breathtaking panoramic views.



Burj Khalifa, Dubai, U.A.E.

Of course we’d have to start this list with the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa – at 828m. At 160 stories its height is seriously impressive and the views over Dubai don’t disappoint.

While you’re there you can get a private tour with an interactive exhibit and exclusive views from the 148th floor. Alternatively, you can visit the 125th floor at a much lower cost.



U.S. Bank Tower, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

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This observation deck doubles as a thrilling amusement park, due to its built-in glass slide! You can get a good view of the city of Los Angeles while you enjoy a 45-foot ride down the 1000 foot high glass slide. If this is too much for you, you can also simply visit the observation deck without using the slide.

The Shard, London, England

The Shard is one of the tallest buildings in Europe at 310m, which is seriously impressive. Not only that, but it is also beautiful to look at, as its exterior glass walls resemble giant glass shards towering over the Big Smoke. It has two observation decks on levels 69 and 72, one of which is an open air deck.



Gran Torre, Santiago, Chile

The Costanera Center’s tower, aka. the Gran Torre, is South America’s highest observation deck. This one is seriously worth the trip: not only can you see this modern city from above but you can also see the Andes mountains around it.


Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea


The Seoul Sky observation deck is located in the fifth tallest building in the world. The Lotte World Tower’s huge glass windows give you a breathtaking view of South Korea’s Capital as you indulge in a glass of wine. How amazing does that sound?



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