How to experience some of the coolest cities from home in Qatar

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How to experience some of the coolest cities from home in Qatar

Travel is one of life’s great joys but in the past few weeks we haven’t ventured much further than the walls of our apartment.

We’ve exhausted streaming platforms, turned at hand to art, cooking and many other hobbies as well as exploring amazing art galleries and VR experiences from the couch to help pass the time.

Got wanderlust and want to see cities around the world and take in some new sights?

We hear you. Thankfully Google Street View has it covered and you can now take in 360-degree views of some of the world’s coolest cities –  you guessed it – from home.

Check it out.

Paris from Sacré-Coeur

The steps leading up to the basilica of Sacré-Coeur on Montmartre have spectacular views over the French capital – hence the eternal swarms of visitors looking for a bit of Paris magic.

London from The Shard

No surprise that the view from the UK’s tallest building is pretty amazing. From here you can see practically all of London’s major sights, from Tower Bridge and the Tower of London to St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye.

Barcelona from Turó de la Rovira

From this hill high above the city – a popular spot for sunsets – Barcelona lies spread out before you. The bunkers you can see here are relics from the Spanish Civil War.

Hong Kong from Lion Rock

Lion Rock, so called because from certain angles it looks like a crouched big cat, looms over Hong Kong. The panorama from the top is impressive, but it’s a famously difficult hike to tackle – so save your legs and check it out online instead.

Jaipur from Nahargarh Fort

Constructed in the seventeenth century, this fort was part of a defensive ring around Jaipur in northern India. Now it’s a popular spot for surveying the sprawl of the city.

Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

A raised square on the south side of the Arno River, Piazzale Michelangelo provides dreamy views of Florence’s skyline, which has hardly changed in centuries. Make sure to zoom in on the Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio.

New York City from Top of the Rock

There’s no shortage of skyscraper views in NYC, but the double aspect at Top of the Rock – looking downtown towards the Empire State and uptown towards Central Park – makes it feel properly in the centre of things.

Chicago from 875 North Michigan Avenue

The view from the top of this hundred-storey skyscraper (formerly known as the John Hancock Center) is one of the best in Chicago. From the observation deck you get sweeping views of the skyline as well as Lake Michigan.

Singapore from OCBC Skyway

The OCBC Skyway lets you get up close to the iconic supertree structures at Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay, as well as giving you a good look at the city’s lush greenery and impressive architecture. Spot the Marina Bay Sands hotel, with its three towers topped by an infinity pool and restaurant complex.

Cape Town from Table Mountain

The dramatic plateau of Table Mountain is one of South Africa’s most recognisable landmarks. You can hike or ride a cablecar up to the top for incredible views over Cape Town – or, for now, check out this beautiful sunset online.

Los Angeles from Griffith Observatory

This popular viewing point is the place for incredible views of L.A., stretching away towards the Pacific Ocean. Or turn inland to see the iconic Hollywood sign on the mountainside.

Naples from Castel Sant’Elmo

The jagged, heavily fortified bulk of Castel Sant’Elmo dominates Naples’s skyline. It’s a trek to climb, but the reward is possibly the finest view of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius – and it’s yours for free online.

Rio de Janeiro from Sugarloaf Mountain

Rising almost 400 metres above the harbour below, this famous peak is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a two-leg cablecar journey to the top, with incredible views of Rio de Janeiro below on both parts of the journey.

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