When it comes to tall buildings there are some impressive structures that can be seen all around the world. But this list is about towers, not buildings. This list is any structure that is free-standing and has no guy-wires for support. While some of them are a little boring to look at, their height is impressive nonetheless…
The Top 10 Tallest Towers in the World and Where to Find Them
10 – Zhongyuan Tower in China – Pinnacle height: 388 m (1,273 ft)
Completed in February 2011 it is a TV tower as well as a revolving restaurant and observation tower. Once upon a time, it was the highest steel structure tower in the world, but it was overtaken by our number 1 tower.
9 – Central Radio and TV Tower in China – Pinnacle height: 405 m (1,329 ft)
This TV and radio tower also has an observation deck that offers some impressive panoramic views of the city of Beijing for those with a head for heights.
8 – Tianjin Radio and Television Tower in China – Pinnacle height: 415.2 m (1,362 ft)
This radio and TV tower cost an impressive $45 million (£22.29 million) to build and is also home to a 253 square metre observation pod that features stunning views over the city of Tianjin.
7 – Kuala Lumpur Tower in Malaysia – Pinnacle height: 421 m (1,381 ft)
This communications tower was completed in March 1995 and is also home to a stunning revolving restaurant that gives all its diners a chance to see the panoramic views over the city of Kuala Lumpur.
6 – Milad Tower in Iran – Pinnacle height: 435 m (1,427 ft)
Located just outside the Qarb Town area it consists of a large pod with 12 floors, the roof of which is at 315 meters. But the tower itself is considered part of the International Trade and Convention Center of Tehran.
5 – Oriental Pearl Tower in China – Pinnacle height: 468 m (1,535 ft)
This impressive radio and TV tower is classified as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration which means it is highly important to China and has to be maintained to a point of law! (basically, this means its illegal to neglect it).
4 – Ostankino Tower in Russia – Pinnacle height: 540.1 m (1,772 ft)
Once again a radio and TV tower, it was the first free-standing structure to exceed 500 m in the world and was built to mark the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution (a socialist revolution).
3 – CN Tower in Canada – Pinnacle height: 553.33 m (1,815.4 ft)
The CN Tower (Canadian National) is made mostly of concrete and it a communications tower that attracts more than two million international visitors annually! So it’s a good job it has an observation point to appreciate the views in.
2 – Canton Tower in China – Pinnacle height: 604 m (1,982 ft)
For a very short period of time this was the tallest tower in the world, but then our number 1 tower come along and overtook it. This tower is also home to an open-air skywalk where visitors can physically climb the tower for those with zero fear of height. Sadly I won’t ever be one of them doing it.
1 – Tokyo Skytree in Japan – Pinnacle height: 634 m (2,080 ft)
This TV and radio tower is also home to the highest tower restaurant in the world and is the second tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa. It was built to capture the design as well as the traditional beauty of Japan which I think it succeeded in doing.