5 of the World’s Most Interesting Lifts

5 of the World’s Most Interesting Lifts

Convenience, efficiency and innovation are just three words that come to mind when describing the impressive evolution of lift designs worldwide. Although the concept of a lift is relatively simple, that doesn’t mean that they have to be boring! Here are five of the world’s most weird and wonderful lifts that you must visit if you get a chance.


1.  Aquadom – Berlin, Germany

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For anyone interested in feeling the sensation of a deep-water dive, or who just fancies being submerged into a glass tank surrounded by 260,000 gallons of sea water; this lift is sure to take your breath away!

Located in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, this unique 82-foot tall lift is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. The transparent tank is surrounded by an array of aquatic animals and sea species making it one of the world’s most intriguing, multi-functional fish tanks.


2. Gateway Arch Tram (St. Louis, United States)

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Arguably more of a ‘ride’ than a lift, the Gateway Arch Tram in St Louis offers an elevator experience you won’t forget. Not only does this lift transport passengers across an iconic American landmark, but it also comes with a complete audio guide giving you an insight into the history of the famous monument itself. You are positioned in a ‘pod’ before being taken on an incredible 4 minute journey from one side of the arch, to the other.


3. Bailong Elevator (Zhangjiajie, China)

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Size is an obvious factor to consider when looking at the world’s coolest lifts, as their ability to take you to amazing heights is fascinating in itself. With that being said, it’s no surprise that this lift has earned a spot on our list. The Bailong Elevator in Zhangjiajie, China is one of the world’s largest outdoor lifts and unsurprisingly attracts hundreds of visitors from across the world each year.

It stands at a mighty 1000 feet tall so it’s easy to understand its name as ‘Bailong’ translates to “Hundred Dragons Elevator” - it’s definitely one to avoid if you’re afraid of heights!


4. Globen Skyview (Stockholm, Sweden)

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The Globen Skyview is a must-have tourist attraction for those visiting Sweden. It takes passengers on a beautifully scenic ride in a futuristic glass sphere which revolves around the world’s largest sphere, providing a panoramic view of the famed capital city of Sweden; Stockholm. Be sure to check the weather forecast before venturing up there though, you’ll need a clear day to guarantee the best view!


5. Umeda Hankyu Building Elevator (Osaka, Japan)

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A captivating skyscraper in Osaka, Japan is home to not just one, but five of the world’s largest lifts all in one spectacular location. The Umeda Hankyu Building office Tower incorporates strength, space and size making them one of the most impressive lifts to be featured in this post. They have the power to take up to 72 people to the top floor of the offices and even a medium sized truck if required. Each lift boasts a spacious design with dimensions of 11.15 x 9.2 foot which is bigger than most studio apartments! 

What’s the reason behind creating such a huge spectacle? The Japanese are often miles ahead of other countries in terms of technology, however they invested a great deal of time, effort and money into building these lifts for a much more practical reason.

Hanyu Department Store takes up the first 14 floors of the impressive Umeda Hankyu Building, with the higher floors housing a number of residents meaning the need for a lift is obvious. Although the basic design idea behind this lift is to serve a simple purpose, its size and ability is still truly outstanding.


John Stuart works on behalf of rjlifts.co.uk in outreach and content creation. He creates engaging content that help businesses connect with their audience and stand out from the crowd.  

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