What goes up must come down, that is one of the immutable laws of the world. Why not travel both ways in spectacular style? These are some of the world's strangest elevators, that turn the simple act of ascending and descending a structure into a thrilling experience.
|1. Hammetschwand Lift, Switzerland
|2. AquaDom, Germany
|3. Bailong Elevator, China
|4. Burj Khalifa, Dubai
|5. Mercedes Benz Museum, Germany
|6. Falkirk Wheel, Scotland
|7. SkyView, Sweden
|8. Eiffel Tower, France
|9. The Louvre, France
|10. Lacerda, Brazil
1. Hammetschwand Lift, Switzerland
At first glance, the Hammetschwand Lift seems like it might be the leftover ruin of an old castle, or a construction project that ended up being abandoned. The thin skeletal frame topped by a fairy tale turret makes for quite an unusual sight, and an even more breathtaking ride. First opened in 1905, the lift takes you up to the famous lookout point of Hammetschwand, set atop the Burgenstock Plateau and looking out over the beautiful Lake Lucerne. It is Europe’s highest exterior elevator and one of the world’s most picturesque.
2. AquaDom, Germany
3. Bailong - Highest Elevator In China
The Bailong Elevator is impressive in name alone, roughly translating to ‘Hundred Dragons’ Elevator, but there is much more to it than just that. For one, the elevator itself is made entirely of glass, which means that you can gaze out over the beauty of the Zhangjiajie Forest National Park in awe as you climb a dizzying 1,000 feet high. Unsurprisingly, Bailong is the tallest outdoor elevator in the world and also the heaviest. If the thought of scaling that height in what is effectively a glass box makes your head spin, you could instead opt for a two-and-a-half-hour hike to the top.
4. Burj Khalifa - Fastest Elevator In The World
5. Mercedes Benz Museum, Germany
The Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart is an intriguing work of architecture. It has a gorgeous space-age design with uneven sloping surfaces and a footprint that resembles a Wankel engine (commonly used in Mercedes vehicles). The interior is starkly minimalist, with simple concrete surfaces that allow the exhibits to take centre stage.
6. Falkirk Wheel - Unique Elevator In Scotland
7. SkyView - Biggest Elevator In Sweden
Looking very much like it could be the climactic setpiece in an espionage thriller, the SkyView is a glass-encased ball that travels up and down the curving sides of the Ericsson Globe, the world’s largest hemispherical building. The Globe is an indoor arena that is used for concerts and, more commonly, for ice hockey games. From the top of the globe, you get a picture perfect view of Stockholm, which makes the roughly 10-minute ascent well worth it.
8. Eiffel Tower - Tallest Elevator In France
The famous French landmark hardly needs much of an introduction. It has six lifts in total, two of which have been in operation since the tower first opened in 1889! What makes a ride on the Eiffel Tower so unlike anything else is that the elevator trip is split into two phases. The second phase is your standard vertical rise (which includes a breathtaking panorama of Paris), while the first phase takes you across one of the tower’s legs - in other words, diagonally. That’s not the sort of elevator experience you can find anywhere outside of a Roald Dahl book.
9. The Louvre - Strangest Elevator In France
10. Lacerda, Brazil
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