Odd elevators of the world

Elevators can be more than an easy way to reach the upper levels of businesses and residences. Located around the world, these odd elevators, surfaced by the website World Geography, stretch the imagination. Going up!  

AquaDom, Berlin, Germany As riders go up, they’re treated to an undersea experience. Located in the Radisson Blu Hotel, the 82-foot-tall cylindrical aquarium comes with a transparent elevator that goes through the center. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch) FAB/JOH/WS

AquaDom, Berlin, Germany The 264,000-gallon aquarium holds 1,500 fish of 50 different species. Feeding the fish and cleaning the tank are handled by three to four divers. (REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Hammetschwand Lift, central Switzerland
The highest exterior elevator in Europe takes riders along a rock path between Lake Lucerne and the Hammetschwand lookout point above, which affords breathtaking views.

Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk, Scotland Built in 2002 to transport boats between two canals, it is the only rotating boat elevator in the world. (Photo by Arcaid/UIG via Getty Images)

Asansör, Izmir, Turkey Built in 1907, the elevator helps move people and supplies up and down the steep cliff.

Globen SkyView, Stockholm, Sweden The gondola made of glass takes riders over the largest spherical building in the world. (REUTERS/Bob Strong)

Globen SkyView, Stockholm, Sweden Riders are rewarded with a spectacular view of Stockholm 426 ft. above sea level. (REUTERS/Bob Strong)

Lacerda Elevator, Brazil Visitors to Cayru Plaza in Salvador, Bahia, can take the elevator for a 30-second ride to travel 235 feet from the lower city to the upper city. (REUTERS/Clarissa Cavalheiro)

Mercedes-Benz Museum Elevators, Stuttgart, Germany Along with a wealth of automotive history, the museum boasts the largest indoor artificial tornado. Pill-shaped elevators in the atrium of the building allow passengers to see straight up to the roof. (REUTERS/Michaela Rehle)

Mercedes-Benz Museum elevator An image of the sleek, modern elevator moving up the vast atrium of the museum.

Santa Justa Lift, Lisbon, Portugal The tourist attraction, built in 1901 by an apprentice to Gustav Eiffel, is the only vertical elevator left in Lisbon. The neo-Gothic design features birdcage doors and ornate interiors. (REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)

Santa Justa Lift, Lisbon, Portugal At the top of the 426-foot climb, the payoff is a panoramic view of Lisbon. (REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro)

Bailong, Zhangjiajie, China Built into the side of a cliff in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangjiajie, China, the elevator has a 1,000-foot climb and is reportedly the highest lift in the world. Riders are treated to views of the quartzite sandstone pillars.

Gateway Arch Elevator, St. Louis, Missouri Visitors to the Gateway Arch can take a tram for an up-close, interior view of the iconic monument. Even though the climb is steep, the eight-car tram remains level during the four-minute trip to the observation deck.

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