Cities go to great lengths to design architectural landmarks that are distinctively eye-catching. In the case of these 6 cities, they’ve gone to great heights – literally – to make themselves stand out. Get ready to be wowed by these 6 unique elevator rides from around the globe.
AquaDom – Berlin, Germany
Here’s a way to feel a part of the marine life – ride the transparent elevator up through the middle of this 25-metre-high glass aquarium. An attraction of the Berlin Sea Life Centre, the AquaDom is the largest cylindrical tank in the world and has more than 1,500 fish of 97 different species swimming in over 1 million litres of water.
Bailong Elevator – Zhangjiajie, China
If you’ve ever wanted to rock climb, but were too afraid to do so, this elevator ride is the next best thing. The Bailong Elevator, meaning “Hundred Dragons Elevator”, is one of the world’s highest outdoor elevators and is built onto the side of a cliff in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangjiajie, China. Passengers are sure to get a spectacular view as the glass elevator rises up against a steep cliff face to an altitude of 330 metres high.
Maritime Museum Birdcage Elevator – Victoria, British Columbia
Built in 1899, the lift at this Victoria museum is North America’s oldest operating birdcage elevator. Davie unfortunately passed away before he could ever use it. Though it was constructed well over a century ago, the elevator’s gold exterior and blue grillwork has been meticulously maintained and the ride still a surprisingly smooth one.
Hammetschwand Lift – Bürgenstock, Switzerland
It’s the highest exterior elevator in Europe, whisking passengers along a vertical rock face 153 metres up to the summit of the Hammetschwand in less than one minute. No doubt, taking the lift guarantees stunning views of the Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne.
Louvre Museum – Paris, France
The open-topped lift at this world-renown central Parisian landmark is hydraulically powered, so guests move in and out of the museum in smooth and quiet fashion. Once the circular platform comes to a rest, a slide-out walkway appears for guests to board and disembark. Now, which way to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting?
Lloyd’s Building – London, UK
Nicknamed the “Inside-Out Building”, the headquarters of insurance institution Lloyd’s of London is a bold architectural design that has been built specifically with staircases, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the exterior so as to maximize the interior space. Also located on the outside of the building are 12 glass elevators, which were the first of their kind in the United Kingdom. We predict that employees of Lloyd’s are well-dressed, since they ride the lifts up and down throughout the day in plain view of everyone in the district.