Amazing Vistas: The World's Tallest Observation Decks

The world's tallest observation decks offer visitors the opportunity to capture amazing panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

An observation deck is a sightseeing platform that is elevated and is mostly situated on a tall architectural structure such as an observation tower or a skyscraper. Most observation decks are sometimes enclosed due to weather conditions. Some of these observation platforms have coin-operated telescopes that are used for viewing features that are at a distance. The world's tallest observation decks offer visitors the opportunity to capture amazing panoramic views of the surrounding environment. Observation decks are an added advantage to architectural structures as they act as tourist attractions.The observation platforms provide viewers with a chance to experience and witness the scenic beauty of their surrounding environment.

5. Tokyo Skytree -

#5 Tokyo Skytree -

The Tokyo Skytree is a steel tower used as an observation tower that has a restaurant and broadcasting and is located in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. The steel tower was completed on February 29th, 2012, but was publicly opened on May 22 of the same year. The tower has a deck height of 451.2 meters and is the fifth tallest observation deck in the world. The Tokyo Skytree is the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa rising to 634m (2,080 ft) above the ground.

4. Shanghai World Financial Center -

#4 Shanghai World Financial Center -

The Shanghai world financial center is a skyscraper situated in the Pudong district of Shanghai, China. The skyscraper's observation deck opened on August 30th, 2007. The observation deck has a height of 474 meters above ground level making it the fourth tallest observation deck in the world.

3. Canton Tower -

The Canton is a steel tower located in the Haizhu District of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. The Canton tower was formerly known as the Guangzhou TV Astronomical and Sight Seeing Tower. The tower serves as a multi-purpose observation tower with an observation deck of 488 meters above ground level. Canton tower's observation deck was not only the largest outdoor observation deck in the world but also the highest until October 14th, 2014. At present, the Canton Tower is the third tallest observation tower in the world.

2. Burj Khalifa -

Burj Khalifa also known as the Khalifa Tower was originally known as Burj Dubai is a megatall skyscraper and the tallest structure in the world found in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Burj Khalifa was opened in January of 2010. Burj Khalifa has an outdoor observation deck at a height of 555 above ground level which features electronic telescope which is an augmented reality device that allows visitors to have an authentic view of the surrounding environment. The Burj Khalifa observation deck was the tallest observation platform in the world until June of 2016 when the Shanghai Tower was officially opened. At present, the Burj Khalifa observation tower is the second tallest observation tower in the world.

1. Shanghai Tower -

#1 Shanghai Tower -

The Shanghai tower is a megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai and is considered the tallest building by the height of the highest usable floor and also the highest observation deck in the world as of 2016. The observation deck was officially opened on July 1st, 2016 surpassing Burj Khalifa as the tallest observation deck with a height of 561 meters above ground level.

Amazing Vistas: The World's Tallest Observation Decks

RankNameBuiltTypeLocation (sorts by nation)Deck height (m)
1Shanghai Tower2015SkyscraperShanghai561
2Burj Khalifa2010SkyscraperDubai555
3Canton Tower2011Steel TowerGuangzhou488
4Shanghai World Financial Center2008SkyscraperShanghai474
5Tokyo Skytree2012Steel TowerTokyo451.2
6CN Tower1976Concrete towerToronto446.7
7Willis Tower1974SkyscraperChicago412.7
8Sky100, International Commerce Centre2011SkyscraperHong Kong393
9Taipei 1012004SkyscraperTaipei391.6
10One World Trade Center2014SkyscraperNew York City386.6
11Petronas Towers1998SkyscraperKuala Lumpur370
12Empire State Building1931SkyscraperNew York City369
13Oriental Pearl Tower1994Concrete towerShanghai350
14Tuntex Sky Tower1997SkyscraperKaohsiung341
15Jin Mao Tower1998SkyscraperShanghai340.1
16Ostankino Tower1967Concrete towerMoscow340
17John Hancock Center1969SkyscraperChicago313.8
18Milad Tower2007Concrete towerTehran312
19China World Trade Center Tower III2010SkyscraperBeijing311.8
20Abenobashi Terminal Building2014SkyscraperOsaka300

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