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5 Eye-Catching Elevators


Welcome to another Belvidere Lifts blog. In this article we are going show you the 5 Most Eye-Catching Elevators in the world, so sit back and enjoy the ride.


Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco





Technically only for hotel guests, the Westin St. Francis Hotel situated in the heart of San Francisco has a glass elevator with a view to behold. It overlooks Union square which is a real hub of San Francisco for both retail and culture. It houses the vastest collection of luxury and department shopping the city has to offer. Much like the Westin St. Francis Hotel, it is home to others that are of the same spectacular calibre.


The view from Westin St. Francis Hotel is particularly special around Christmas time when the Macy’s general store is decorated and there is a huge Christmas Tree situated in the square along with the annual festive ice rink.


Hammetschwand Lift, Bürgenstock, Switzerland



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The Hammetschwand Lift in Bürgenstock, Switzerland is the highest exterior elevator in Europe. It overlooks Lake Cucerne and connects an amazing rock path with the lookout point of Hammetschwand. The elevator is over 1000m above sea level and the whole trip lasts about 50 seconds to the top.


It offers spectacular view over the Lake of Lucerne and the Alps mountain range making it a popular holiday destination since the late 1800’s.


Bailong Elevator, Zhangjiajie, China


Bailong Lift


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The Bailong Elevator in China (Translation = Hundred Dragons Elevator) is a glass elevator built into the side of
Wulingyuan cliff part of the Zhangjiajie Area. The Elevator is 330m in height and it widely perceived to be the highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world. At 330m high, construction started in 1999 and was opened to the public in 2002.


AquaDom Elevator, Berlin, Germany


Aquadom Berlin


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The AquaDom in Berlin, Germany, is a 25 metre tall cylindrical glass aquarium with built-in transparent elevator. It is located at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Berlin-Mitte and is part of the DomAquarée complex which contains a hotel, offices, a restaurant and an aquarium.


The AquaDom was opened in 2004 and cost around €12.5 million to construct. The AquaDom is the main attraction at Berlin Sea Life Centre.


The Aquadom is the largest acrylic cylindrical aquarium of its kind, it has a diameter of approximately 11 metres, and it is built on a 9 metre tall foundation. It is filled with 1,000,000 litres of water and contains 1,500+ fish from multiple species. The tank is cleaned and the fish are fed daily by divers who do this multiple times every day.


Taipei 101, Taiwan, China


Taipei 101


The Taipei 101 building in Taiwan is home to the fastest elevator in the world, it travels from the 5th to the 89th floor at 16.8 m/s or around 60km/h!


The 509m building held the record as tallest building in the world from 2004 until 2010 and still maintains the fastest elevators in the world however, plans have been made for a new building in China to steal its crown, Hitachi, the company supplying the elevators claim they will hit speeds of over 70km/h!




These 5 engineering masterpieces round up our 5 Most Eye-Catching Elevators article, if you require any assistance with your elevator please get in touch or for more information please click here.