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Ten of the most unusual lifts and elevators around the world

There are millions of lifts throughout the world, however we thought we would hand-pick and compile a list of 10 of the most unusual. Do you agree with our choices or are there any that you would add?

You won’t find a more pleasant lift experience than this, looking at an aquarium that is home to around 1500 fish whilst enjoying your ride in the lift. The tank contains approximately 260,000 gallons of seawater and really is huge.

Sky Tower
The elevator at Sky Tower, Auckland is not one to be used by those that are afraid of heights. It features a glass floor so that you can see just how high up you are in the 70 story building.

Rising Tide Elevator
This lift holds 35 passengers at a time and is located on the World’s largest cruise ship. It travels two stories but has a bar on the elevator, this allows people to grab a drink during their eight-minute trip on the ship.

Umeda Hankyu Building Elevator
This Elevator truly is incredible with a capacity of 80 passengers and an overall size of around 11ft x 9ft. It is larger than some studio apartments in New York City and can hold about five tons of weight.

Taipei 101
Taipei 101 held the title of the world’s fastest and highest elevator until 2010. This lift is now the second fastest lift in the world traveling at speeds of 37.7 mph (3,313 feet/min). The two lifts which travel to the 101st floor reach the observation deck in just 30 seconds.

Santa Justa Lift
This lift has become a tourist attraction in Lisbon and has an observation deck at the top so passengers can look over the remarkable city of Lisbon.

Hammetschwand Lift
Taking people up 153m in less than one minute, it is the highest exterior elevator in Europe. It is very tall and slim and compares quite well to a church spire.

Trampe Bicycle Lift
This is the first ever bicycle lift and is located in Norway. The lift carries them up the 426-foot-long hill at a speed of just under 5 mph.

Strepy-Theiu Boatlift
This lift is a boat lift and it is the tallest one in the world. It took 20 years to make this lift but it is now fully-functional and is able to carry up to 8400 tons.

Autostadt Silos
This lift is huge and is made for cars. It is next to the Volkswagen home in Germany and carries cars up and down through the system at up to five feet per second.

We would love to hear from you, let us know if you have experienced a strange lift you would add to the strangest lifts compilation.