Getting stuck in a lift is never a pleasurable experience – especially not when it’s the tallest one in Europe.
The Hammetschwand Lift in Ennetbürgen, Switzerland was built between 1903 and 1905 gives daring tourists breathtaking views of the Alps, some 1,132 metres up in the air.
The elevator is the quickest way up to the highest vantage point around Lucerne and is also thought to be the fastest lift in the world – making the 152-metre vertical run in less than a minute.
Back in 1905 the transport system was produced by Wüest & Co. AG, Zuricha and cost around 500,000 Swiss francs to build.
With a speed of one metre per second, the Hammetschwand lift was the fastest lift in Europe at the time.
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It transported up to eight people to the rock nose of the Hammetschwand-Alp within three minutes.
Today’s owner, Hammetschwand Lift AG, modernised the elevator between 1990 and 1992, making it wheelchair-accessible and even faster.
The cabin, which is glazed on three sides, offers a wonderful panorama view and accommodates 12 people.
The Hammetschwand lift now transports more than 40,000 passengers a year.