Whilst stairs don’t have to be big to be impressive, some of the most incredible views in the world are accessed and seen atop the Worlds Longest Stairs. Did you know that the official Guiness Book of Records currently states that the worlds longest stairs are in Switzerland?
We have chosen our favourite 7 staircases around the world known for their height or length.
Potemkin Stairs, Odessa, Ukraine
The staircase extends for 142 meters over 192 steps. Built in 1841 the actual height is only 27 meters given the size of each step.
Jacob’s Ladder, Jamestown
This staircase stretches for 699 steps from Jamestown in the floor of a valley and up to the fort at Ladder Hill.
Taihang Mountains Spiral Staircase in Linzhou
Now we have installed some large spiral staircases in our time, but this monster stretches 300 feet up the side of the mountain. Though there is no confirmation on the number of steps!
Flørli stairs, Lysefjorden, Norway
4,444 (probably very slippery) wooden steps which raise up a mountain to a height of 740 metres (2,428 feet). Previously a Hydro plant, the staircase was used by maintenance teams to the two pipes which run alongside. Marked as the longest stairs in the world made out of wood.
Montagne de Bueren, Liège
Even though just 374 steps, the urban nature of the staircase and landscape make it seem much largest and vast.
Heaven’s Gate, China
Exactly 999 steps leading up through the whole in the rock and to the temple at the top of the Mountain.
Niesenbahn Funicular Railway, Spiez, Switzerland
11,674 steps and a height of 1,669 m (5,476 ft). Officially the worlds longest stairs. Not open to the public, but there is a public run once a year for this truly magnificent sight.
Of course, you could argue some are tall stairs rather than they are long, but that is a debate for another day! Have we missed any or places you think are beyond amazing? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!
For inspiration perhaps a little more closer to home, do check out our full website for all our staircases.