Bern Switzerland Aerial View

Aerial Photography is particularly difficult to do. First, you’re generally going to be in a moving aircraft with windows. Considering the cost of plane and fuel, this makes waiting around for better lighting somewhat less of an option.

To get a good aerial shot, you need to plan to be in the sky at the right time, know how to avoid window reflection, and be able to take the photo at a quick enough shutter speed that the motion of the airplane doesn’t make the image blurry.

For all these reasons, a good aerial shot is that much more impressive than a good shot taken on land. In this article we have selected 10 Amazing Aerial Views from cities to learn from the best Urban Planned metropolis.

01. Paris, France. Aerial View.

Paris Aerial View

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Paris, France is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its picturesque 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture, and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

02. Nördlingen, Germany. Aerial View.

Nördlingen, Germany Aerial View

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Nördlingen is a town in the Donau-Ries district, in Swabia, Bavaria, Germany, with a population of approximately 24,000. It was first mentioned in recorded history in 898, and in 1998 the town celebrated its 1100th anniversary. The town was the location of two battles during the Thirty Years’ War, which took place between 1618–1648. Today it is one of only three towns in Germany that still has a completely established city wall, the other two being Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Dinkelsbühl.

03. Bern, Switzerland

Bern Switzerland Aerial View

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The city of Bern or Berne is the de facto capital of Switzerland, referred to by the Swiss as their federal city. With a population of 140,924 (February 2016), Bern is the fourth most populous city in Switzerland. The Bern agglomeration, which includes 36 municipalities, had a population of 406,900 in 2014. Bern is also the capital of the Canton of Bern, the second most populous of Switzerland’s cantons.

04. New York City, USA

New York City, USA. Home to some of the most iconic places in the world like Central Park and Times Square, New York City is the most heavily populated city in the United States. Some soures have ranked New York as the most photographed city in the world. This picture demonstrates how huge Central Park is, especially in such a densely packed city. Its real-estate value has been appraised at $528.7 billion dollars.

05. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Rio de Janeiro Aerial View

Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city in Brazil, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mt. Corcovado and Sugarloaf, a granite monolith with cable cars to its summit. The city is also known for its sprawling favelas (shanty towns). This year, it’s hosting the World Cup, and in 2016, it’s hosting the Summer Olympics.

06. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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This Croatian city is on the Adriatic Sea and is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It is one of the most outstanding tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.

07. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, is defined by quirky art and architecture, imaginative food and vibrant street life. It has medieval roots, seen in the mazelike Gothic Quarter, but a modernist personality represented by architect Antoni Gaudí’s fantastical Sagrada Família church. Its restaurant scene, anchored by the central Boqueria market, ranges from fine dining to tiny tapas bars.

08. Vatican City

Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s home to the pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture. Its Vatican Museums house ancient Roman sculptures such as the Laocoön and Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling.

09. Venice, Italy



Venice, capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a marshy lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Its stone palaces seemingly rise out of the water. There are no cars or roadways, just canals and boats. The Grand Canal snakes through the city, which is filled with innumerable narrow, mazelike alleys and small squares.

10. Chicago, USA

Chicago, USA

Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the Midwest. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the U.S. Chicago is the seat of Cook County.

Cite this article: "10 Amazing Aerial Views of cities" in ArchEyes, March 29, 2016,