European cities might possess more heritage, culture, and history than the aesthetic sense that other megapolises are based on. However, it goes without saying that these bustling cities are the cream of the crop when it comes to the eye-pleasing and stylish urban design that they are now so often associated with.
Although buildings in the European continent are not as staggering as the ones found in North America or other Asian countries such as Japan or China, they nonetheless have an important presence in the business districts of major cities. While skyscrapers are still a rarity in the majority of metro cities in Europe, they make up some of the prettiest looking ones.
Here we look at the most artistic metropolitan hub with the best skylines –
As the only city in the world to straddle two continents, Istanbul is as elegant as any major metropolis in the world. It combines the rich history of Asia with the chic design aesthetics of Europe to form a vibrant melting pot of cultures, architecture, and gastronomy. From Hagia Sophia and the gigantic Bosphorus Bridge to the magnificent dual Skyland Istanbul Towers and the elegant Istanbul Sapphire, the city evokes emotions like no other. The tallest buildings in Istanbul are also among the tallest ones in Europe, and most of them are located in the Levent business district. Most recently, the Camlica Tower in the Uskudar district on the Asian side of the city was inaugurated as the tallest structure in the city – rising to a staggering 1,211 feet above sea level.
The economic and business center of Poland houses about 13 skyscrapers in its heart that rise to at least 150m. Apart from them, there are a dozen more buildings that rise to more than 100m. Of all, the Varso Tower takes the cake as being the tallest in not only Poland but also in the whole of the European Union – beating the likes of Paris, London and Madrid. It was topped out in February 2021 and construction is expected to finish in 2022. Warsaw has experienced an economic boom like a few other European cities and taking advantage of this, businesses have expanded and brought in more income. The city’s skyline is undoubtedly one of the prettiest in Europe.
The city of love is one of the most modern and chic metropolitan hubs in Europe, and given its history as one of the world’s greatest cities, Paris is home to some of the world’s most important business centers. The ‘La Defense’ suburb is home to the tallest structures in the city (eight out of ten) and thus the Ile-de-France region. Apart from that, Italie 13 and Front de Seine are as picturesque as skylines can get. The most important structure is definitely the Eiffel Tower, followed by a host of towers such as Tour Montparnasse and Tour First. If you ever visit Paris, make sure to stop and check out the nine tallest buildings in the city – something that will take your breath away.
Frankfurt Am Main is often called Germany’s only skyscraper city due to ten of the tallest buildings in the country all being located in the western financial hub. Not many European cities possess a large cluster of high rises in its downtown area, but Frankfurt stands out in this regard. It is often referred to as Mainhattan of Germany – a portmanteau of the local Main River and Manhattan. Most of its historic buildings were largely destroyed by Allied air raids and bombings during World War II, because of which a whole new façade for the city had to be rebuilt with very little opposition from the government during the 1960s and 1970s. It is a metropolitan hub that stands out among the remarkably flat cities of Europe with authority.
The list would be incomplete without the mention of Moscow – a grand city in its own right. Home to reportedly more than 12,000 high-rise buildings that put other cities of Europe into the background. There are 50 structures at least 500 feet tall, among which the Federation Tower complex stands out as the tallest in the city rising up to 374 meters (1,227 feet). Apart from the Federation Tower, the OKO complex, Neva Towers, and Mercury City Towers make up the grandest buildings in the city, not to mention the Seven Sisters complex which are among the best works of architecture in the world. The Moscow International Business Center, approximately 4km from Red Square, is home to some of the most aesthetic skyline scenery in Europe.
While these European hubs may not be as publicized and media-mongered as the ones in the United States of America or China, they nevertheless stand out as some of the grandest skylines in the world. However, none of them have established an entertainment district full of skyscrapers such as the ones in Atlantic City or Las Vegas. Speaking of which, if one does not get the opportunity to travel and engage in the act of betting and gambling, one can always go digital to place their hand on the most popular online casino games in order to fulfill their fantasies.
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Other honorable mentions of European skylines include London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Vienna, The Hague, Madrid, Barcelona, Benidorm, Budapest, and Rotterdam.