The Unseen Magic Of Elevators Around The World

Luke Fitzpatrick

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Long taken for granted, elevators are slowly making their mark. Complete with cool interior and exterior views, there is more to elevators than once thought.

Elevators are actually quite rudimentary when you think about it. They go up and down, taking you from place to place with speed and relative ease. Sometimes they take you to a meeting in a high rise building, other times they take you to a new level in the shopping center, they can even transport you to a hotel room.

However, when you take the time to look at them, lifts are things to be marveled at. Not only can they take you to the desired destination, but they can also offer you an experience that is to be cherished. Instead of rushing through life, take a minute to enjoy the small pleasures that something as simple as a metal chamber can provide.

Magical elevator experiences

Thanks to modern design and technology, metal chambers are evolving into full-on, one of a kind experiences. Rather than just being known as a people mover, this transportation device is fast becoming a roller coaster ride in its own right.

Whether you’re looking to take advantage of great views, marvel at workmanship or be taken by feelings of awe and wonder, there are lifts around the world that can fulfill this inner need. All you need to do is know where to find them.

Aquamarine paradises

In Berlin, people from all over the world can experience wondrous water-based sights all from the comfort of elevators. At the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin, the transparent lift doubles as the world’s largest freestanding aquarium, featuring 260,000 gallons of water and more than 1,500 tropical fish.

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For more water-based fun, look to the Oasis Class ships from the Royal Caribbean Cruises fleet. Moving from the Royal Promenade deck to the Central Park deck at a slow pace (perfect for alcohol consumption) this little gem takes the idea of a wet bar to a whole other level.

Regarded as the only rotating boat lift in the world, the Falkirk Wheel is a must-see attraction when visiting Scotland. Welcoming more than 500,000 visitors each year and having been opened by Her Majesty, the Queen, Falkirk Wheel lets you see the sights a little differently.

Visit landmarks in style

The Bailong, or the Hundred Dragons Elevator, is actually three lifts in total. Spanning 1,070 feet, which is the entire height of a cliffside in China’s Zhangjiajie National Park, it’s to be seen to be believed. Unlike any other ride, it’s efficient transport and magnificent views all rolled into one.

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Located in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa’s Double-Decker Elevators combine a fast ride with unparalleled views of the tallest building in the world. In terms of records, this double-decker boasts the longest distance traveled by elevator, which is 1,654 feet.

Take a diagonal lift along with the Eiffel Tower, taking in unparalleled views. An added bonus of a trip in the people movers at the Eiffel Tower is the fact that these little metal boxes are steeped in history.

Featuring glass-fronted lifts, complete with glass floors, the Elevators at Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand, take you to the top of the 196-meter building in a mere 40 seconds. Letting you see the sights and relish the adrenaline rush!

The Hammetschwand Lift is something else entirely. With the title of the highest exterior elevator in all of Europe, it’s around 500 feet high and is set against the backdrop of a serene blue sky.

Don’t forget your elevator etiquette

A big part of riding in these metal boxes (and enjoying the ride) is adhering to etiquette. In short, this means taking part in small behaviors that make the trip up or down pleasant for all of those involved.

As soon as you step inside, in some cases, each trip will be characterized by people conforming to social norms. These norms include things like standing to the side, keeping bodily functions to a minimum, and not having too much fun when pressing the buttons.

By conforming to these little nuances, you can help make the trip relatively painless for all involved. This lets people take in the sights and be consumed by all that these unforgettable people movers, situated all around the world, can offer.

The power of elevators

Known to some as metal chambers, these transportation devices are quickly transforming into a kind of vehicle that offers a one of a kind adventure. Instead of getting in and pressing the buttons, take the time to look around you, because you just might have stepped into something magical.

This undeniably magic quality to certain lifts can be seen all over the whole. This is because more companies and landmarks are looking to the help of these metal boxes to provide visitors with a one of a kind adventure. Instead of just traveling between floors, enjoy the views and the ride, because after all, it’s the small things in life that matter the most.

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Academic Speaker | Freelance Journalist | I have contributed to a variety of publications such as Forbes, Tech In Asia, and The Next Web. I cover a variety of topics ranging from fintech, big data, AI, blockchain, to lifestyle and breaking news stories.

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