Lifts are present everywhere in the world. They make life easier and are extremely useful in both residential and commercial buildings. Lifts were invented a very long time ago and are in continuous development, as we can see from machines around the world.
From the creation of better cables that allow the lift to run for up to 1km without stopping to the development of lifts without ropes or cables, lifts are not only useful for access but are also innovative and fun machines we can all enjoy – not just lift aficionados!
We’ve previously discussed quirky lifts around the world, so we’re now focusing on adding three more to that collection and showcase how they vary in different countries:
The Hammetschwand Lift
In Switzerland, you can find Europe’s highest exterior lift. Part of the Bürgenstock luxury resort, the lift overlooks Lake Lucerne and transports passengers 153m up to the summit of the Hammetschwand in less than a minute. The lift opened in 1905 and in 1935 was considered the world’s fastest lift, at a speed of 2.7m per second.
The ride is already worth it, since this lift is no unique and interesting, but once you reach the top, at 1,132m of altitude, you also get to enjoy the breath-taking views surrounding you.
Unsurprisingly, this scenic lift is a major tourist attraction!
Luxor Hotel Lift
Las Vegas is a hotspot of quirkiness and fun, and its lifts are no exception! The one-of-a-kind pyramidal design of the Luxor Hotel means that lifts have to travel on an incline of 39 degrees. Users get to see the hotel’s vast atrium (one of the largest in the world) in a stunning perspective and experience a unique ride.
The Falkirk Wheel
Closer to home, the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland is a rotating lift for boats that was created for a very specific reason. The lift connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal and allows boats to traverse the canals without a hitch. The difference between the canal is 24m, so the Falkirk Wheel bridges that gap by transporting boats to either side.
The 35-metre-high lift allows users to enjoy views of the countryside as far as two miles outside of Falkirk and offers 50-minute gondola tours that include two rides on the lift: up and down.
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