It's incredible to see the skylines of our favourite cities from a distance, and more incredible that some of the biggest cities have incredible greenery in such proximity to the hustle and bustle.
Hampstead Heath, the grand, old park in the north-west of London, has been largely untouched by urban sprawl. Mentioned in historical sources before the turn of the first millennium BC, we'd place our bets that the view these days across the city of London is a bit more spectacular.Hampstead Heath is one of the highest points in Greater London and is a playground for cross-country runners, kite flyers and picnickers alike, but the slopes of Parliament Hill in the south-east corner of the park offer the best views. Pretty much all of the iconic buildings are in site, most recognisable include the Shard, the Gherkin and the London Eye.
Right in the centre of Scotland's capital city Edinburgh, Arthurs Seat is a super accessible vantage point for beginner hill climbers. Either by walking from the historical Royal Mile in the city or driving and parking at the Holyrood Palace Broad Pavement, the view is easily accessible.Although 251 metres above sea level, the highest point of Holyrood Park can be reached by walking up the grassy slopes on the east side. At the top, the impressive cityscape swoops beneath the dormant volcano.
Perhaps not the first city that comes to mind when thinking of great skylines and look out points, but this view over Budapest won't disappoint for those who venture to the capital of Hungary. The two cities of Buda and Pest are separated by the Danube River, and were joined by the Szachenyi Chain Bridge in 1849. In 1873, the two cities of Buda and Pest united and created the Hungarian capital.Looking across from Gellert Hill, sweeping views cover Buda and Pest, separated by the river. Joining admirers on the hill is the impressive bronze Liberty Statue, commemorating the independence of Hungary during the 20th century.
Jetting off state-side to the ever popular city of Los Angeles, head to the hills - the Hollywood Hills to be precise - to enjoy the views across the city. Runyon Canyon Park visitors can savour panoramic views over L.A. at the vividly named Clouds Rest.There are hiking trails to suit novice and experts.
Close to Manly in Sydney's north shore, Sydney Harbour National Park has a few worthy contenders for Sydney's best city lookout. Anyone coming from the city or inland can make use of the ferries to get to Manly and from there in to the park. North Head Scenic Drive takes you through the park, but hop out at the southern tip and take the Fairfax walk to the lookout. It makes for a cracking view across the Pacific Ocean, Sydney Harbour and the city.Closer in, Bradleys Head Amphitheatre near Taronga Zoo is a popular spot for photographers. If time permits, grab a picnic basket, put the camera down and enjoy the views over the Opera House, Fort Denison and the beloved Harbour Bridge.
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