Located in beautiful Switzerland, the Hammetschwand Lift is the highest exterior elevator in all of Europe and it’s connected to a spectacular rock path on the Burgenstock plateau that overlooks Lake Lucerne. The elevator entrance, the engine room and the first 14 meters of this pit are completely on the inside of the mountain, while the next 30 meters it elevates with sweeping views of the lake. The entire trip lasts approximately 50-seconds, making it also the fastest elevator in Europe. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Here is a bit more about the lift: “The hotel resort Buergenstock located at 847 meters a.s.l. has been a popular vacation spot since 1872. Its attractiveness was enhanced by the spectacular path along the vertical rock face and by an outdoor open lift. To this day the lift and the path have lost none of their attraction. The new lift was built and opened by the Schindler Group. It whisks passengers 153 meters up to the summit of the Hammetschwand in less than one minute. It was regarded as a pioneering feat in those days and is still a record holder, since the Hammetschwand lift is holding the number one position as Europe’s highest exterior lift.”