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Spectacular Staircases

June 22, 2017

spanish steps

What type of stairlift company would we be if we didn’t know where the best staircases are?

I think I speak for most of my colleagues at Handicare that it has become quite the “occupational hazard” that where ever we go, we just have to check out the staircase! Not only are we admiring the staircase’s architecture, but we often find ourselves imagining how we could easily install a chair lift to help everyone enjoy them. From marble to elaborate spirals, we can do it.

That’s why I’ve scoured the planet to find some of the coolest staircases there are. Truth be told though, not all can accompany a stairlift (bummer!). Perhaps I’ll take these back to engineering for some aspirational goals!

Despite not having a stair lift accompany their grandeur, I am still enamored by their beauty and the history behind them.

In the end, I ignored the chair lift factor (wanted this to not be biased) and curated a list of some of the neatest, tallest and most climbed staircases from around the world.

Are there other staircases that you’ve visited that you think should make the list? We’d love to hear from you! Contact us at marketing.accessibility@handicare.com and tell us what staircases you think are pretty spectacular! We can do a part 2!

World’s Tallest Staircase

The tallest staircase in the world is located in Switzerland. The steps run alongside the Niesen mountain railway, which leads to the top of the 1.5 mile high mountain. This stairway contains no less than 11,674 steps and is undoubtedly the tallest staircase in the world. Unfortunately, this stairway is not open to public except one day a year during the Niesen Run – it’s only 2.1 miles, but over a mile of altitude to climb (on top of the nearly 12,000 steps!)

niesen tallest staircase

One World Trade Center

As the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building standing at a symbolic 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center is 104 stories and has 2,226 steps. It is currently the sixth tallest building in the world and surpassed the Empire State Building as New York City’s tallest building.

one world trade center

The Spanish Steps

In Rome, Italy, one of the largest tourist attractions are a set of 135 steps that connect the Piazza di Spagna with the Piazza Trinità dei Monti. Built during 1723-1725, the Spanish Steps are the widest staircase in Europe.

spanish steps

Stairway to Heaven

Located on the island of O’ahu in Hawaii, the Haiku Stairs and Ladder, is also called the Stairway to Heaven. The very steep hiking trail contains nearly 4,000 steps (3,922 to be exact), but was closed to the public back in 1987. Despite this, some hikers ignore the warnings and continue to climb their way to “heaven.”

stairway to heaven

Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is an astounding 13,171 miles long! That equates to tens of thousands of steps. While we haven’t been able to get a stairlift installed that will go the 13,000 miles, there are people from around the world who run 26 miles of it each year in a marathon, which equates to 5,164 steps during the course.

great wall of china

Chairlifts for all staircases

Staircases are a pivotal part of every home and building. At Handicare, we manufacture a variety of stairlifts to ensure that everyone has access to all levels of their home or office – whether it’s a straight or curved staircase, two floors or three. Contact one of our stairlift advisers today to learn about how you can be mobile again!

Want to learn more? Speak to one of our mobility experts today! Call 888-637-8155 or request a callback.

 

Sources: myswitzerland.com, https://10mosttoday.com, https://www.redbull.com, https://www.wtc.com

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