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Whether you’re taking in all the landmarks of a city in one glance or overlooking a natural wonder that seems to go on forever, lookouts are a great way to really appreciate many of the world’s most notable locations.

Views atop the largest building in the world or of a cityscape on a rooftop bar, we’ve compiled the views that will simply take your breath away.

Tame your fear of heights

Get ready to tame your fear of heights as we take you to some of the world’s most beautiful and thrilling lookouts which aren’t your average short-stop pull-offs on the side of the road.

From the world’s tallest skyscrapers to towering observation wheels, these lookouts will not only give you a unique birds-eye view of some truly remarkable places, but many will give you a thrilling experience as well.

1. Top of the Rock

This view never gets old. The Rockefeller Plaza is the best place to get a 360 degree view of Manhattan. And what a view it is!

2. Forest Tower

The climb up above is great fun and the view atop is mesmerising. This highest point in Denmark let’s you see over 25 km’s far.

3. The Vessel

Equally fun to walk up is the Vessel in Manhattan, New York City. No shortage of higher viewpoints in New York City with all it’s skyscrapers, but this amazing structure really stands out.

4. Grand Roue de Montreal

See Montréal from an exceptional vantage point on La Grande Roue de Montréal, the tallest observation wheel in Canada.

5. One WTC

We can’t help it – New York City just has an amazing collection of viewpoints. And you would be disappointed if we did not at least include this one. Find out more new and notable in New York City.

5. Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre is the best first stop, with a spectacular 360° view of Metro Vancouver.

6. CN Tower

Visiting Toronto anytime soon? In that case – if you dare – walk the rim of Canada’s National Tower defining the Toronto skyline, at a height of 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5 inches). Explore more of Toronto? We’ve got you covered.

7. The Shard

Get unparalleled views of London from the viewing decks on the Shard – or book a room on the higher floors of course.

8. Marina Bay Sands

We can for sure imagine ourselves soaking in that rooftop infinity pool and gazing down on the glittering expanse of the city from 57 levels above.

9. Le Perchoir

This restaurant has a huge rooftop with a terrific 360 degree view of Paris including the Eiffel Tower and is situated bang in the middle of the biggest rooftop urban farm in the world.

10. Amsterdam Lookout

Go ‘Over the Edge’ on Europe’s highest swing on Amsterdam’s sky deck. For Daredevils and thrill seekers that like to swing 100 meters above the ground. Explore more of Amsterdam here or simply download the app.

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