While staircases are considered as the fundamental means to move from one point in a building to another, they become incredibly interesting when appearance and form are made as important as the function. There are countless museums, shops, and other similar building all around the world that have interestingly designed staircases. We have managed to find a few most mind-boggling figures that are most likely to find intriguing and fascinating.

In today’s world, where everything is about technology, speedy cars and smartphones, there are a number of places around the world that attract travelers just for the sight of lavish staircases. The list below is not limited to the modern, contemporary designs.

On the contrary, we have included any sort of staircase that is accessible to public and is unbelievable in terms of its design and architecture. So the next time you go anywhere, just skip the elevator and use the stairs to get to the place you need to be. You never know, you might find something incredibly interesting!

1. Tiger & Turtle, Germany

On first glance, this staircase might appear like a roller coaster to you, but when you inspect this figure closely, you will discover an ingenious staircase. This incredible figure is stretched via all sorts of curves. Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter, two of the most popular German artists, are responsible for this mind blowing sculpture.

This staircase was unveiled for the very first time in 2011. The visitors are allowed to explore the structure containing 249 steps. You can visit it at any time during the day and night. The unusual staircase is decorated with LED lights that present a spectacular picture at night. Don’t try to climb around the entire loop, since it is closed by barrier!

2. Lello Bookshop, Portugal

Initiated in 1906, Lello is an incredibly beautiful bookstore. Thanks to its centerpiece – the sleek red staircase, the place looks gorgeous. The staircase contains wooden banisters that are carved skillfully and lead straight up to the atrium made of glass. The view these stairs create is as lovely from underneath as it is from top. It features blue-green and golden paint at the ceiling and carved leaf-like flourishes.

3. Melk Abbey Staircase, Austria

The mazelike Benedictine abbey is full of architectural wonders. The rococo-style spiral stairs are incredibly t watch and climb. These are best viewed from underneath. The underside of the staircase painted pink and gold is spectacular. Although these stairs lead to the rooms in the library, the public is not allowed to use them.

4. Chand Baori, India

This considerably small village located outside Jaipur has a huge number of step wells known as baoris. These wells were constructed in order to collect rainwater. Chand Baori is regarded as the largest and the deepest of these wells. It contains 3,500 steps and 13 stories. Although you can see down all thirteen flights, this staircase is no more used as a well. In fact, the bottom stories are closed off. This step well or staircase is located near the Harshat Mata Temple. Its history dates back to the 19th century.

5. “Stairway to Heaven,” Cedar Creek Treehouse, Western Australia, Australia

Are you afraid of heights? If your answer is yes, this staircase is definitely not for you. The 82-feet-high staircase starts at the fir tree base and spirals round into the sky. When climbers reach the top of the staircase, they face the incredible challenge of passing the rainbow-colored suspension bridge stretched forty-three feet throughout the forest.

This incredibly gracious staircase provides you with the only path that leads you to the Tree house Observatory, which offers expansive views of the Nisqually Valley and Mount Rainier. A guided tour will cost you approximately $40 per person. You can also stay at the Cedar Creek Treehouse for one night that will cost you approximately $300.

6. 16th Avenue Mosaic Staircase, San Francisco, USA

This spectacular staircase features 163 mosaic panels. Each step contains a mosaic panel. This staircase is located at the 16th Avenue, San Francisco. The very first mosaic panel depicts an ocean. Once you climb the entire staircase and reach the very top, you will notice that the mosaic at the top-most stairs depicts the sky.

These thematic mosaic stairs were designed by Colette Crutcher and Aileen Barr with the aid of community members. The staircase was complete in late 2005 after numerous years of fundraising and hard work.

7. Tulip Stairs, England, UK

The very first self-supporting, coiled staircase in England is featured in the Queen’s house in Greenwich. These stairs were constructed back in 1616. The elegant and intricate flowers appearing on the wrought-iron railing are why the staircase is called the Tulip Stairs.

8. The Gray, Milan, Italy

The Gray boutique hotel situated in central Milan is an attraction for tourists because of the amazing staircases it features. Guido Ciompi, a Florentine architect, came up with an idea of these distinctive stairs for every room and suite. The rambling duplex suites connected by these floating stairs present the most spectacular picture.

Each step of these staircases greatly resembles a hollowed box. Suspended beds, animal printed fabrics, wenge wood floors, and ebony furniture are some of the highlights of this hotel.

9. Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar

This museum was initiated in 2008. It is located on a man-made island in Doha. Approximately 4,500 Islamic art pieces are housed by this building. The grand double staircase is the biggest attraction attracting people from all around the world. The steps cutting into the underside of the staircase create an illusion of an upturned staircase, which is in fact its most unique feature.

10. Umschreibung, Munich, Germany

This beautifully constructed staircase carries a height of approximately thirty feet. It’s double-helix structure keeps visitors coming back. The back drop is an orange vertical office tower mostly made of glass. This staircase does not lead anywhere and not open for the public to climb, but don’t let silly things like “The Law” slow you down.

11. Heaven’s Gate Mountain, Zhangjiajie City, China

999 is a lucky number for the Chinese which symbolizes eternity because number 9 in Chinese sounds like the word “perpetual”. And here in Zhangjiajie, all you got to do is climb 999 steps to reach the more-than-400-feet tall hole in the mountains —- the Heaven’s Gate.

12. Staircase Tower, Château de Blois, France

The famous part of Château de Blois, the Staircase Tower or more known as the Francois I wing, is an extension made after Francois I succeeded Louis XII in 1515. The wing is precisely visualized by the king, sticking with the traditional by reusing some of the foundations and walls of a medieval construction. What’s appealing here is the decorations of the staircase and the complexly patterned facade which displays an early French renaissance style.

13. Vatican Museums’ Spiral Staircase, Rome, Italy

In 1920, Pope Pius XI assigned Giuseppe Momo to design a staircase that’ll lead to the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Momo then created a DNA-like bronze staircase with wide steps in two separate helices that goes up and down.

14. Loretto Chapel Staircase, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

The Loretto Chapel was made in 1878. Once it was finished, there was no way the people could reach the choir loft unless they use a ladder. All of a sudden, a mysterious man came into town, built a staircase for the chapel and left without asking for any payment. What’s even more special about this surprise staircase is its stability even without the need of a central column.

15. Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, Lamego, Portugal

It’ll take you great effort to reach the church which lies on top of a granite staircase with 686 steps.  But no worries, you won’t even feel you’re taking 686 steps with its nine platforms, ornaments, beautiful tiles, fountains and statues.

16. Casa Batlló Staircase, Barcelona, Spain

When you go to Barcelona, it also means you shouldn’t miss any of Antoni Gaudi’s works like the Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia. The Casa Batllo is also one of his amazing works which he made for the Batllo family between 1904 and 1906. The house is also known as the House of Bones due to Gaudi’s skeletal detailing on the grand staircase.

17. Scala (Rainbow Staircase), Wuppertal, Germany

A 112-step staircase between two buildings transformed into a colorful artwork. Each step even delivers words like “to forgive”, “remorse”, “to protect”, “honesty” and “love” in German.

18.  Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico

If stairs often lead you somewhere, this one in Xilitla, Mexico leads you to nowhere. Built by the English poet Edward James in 1962, the surreal Las Pozas features “Stairway to the Sky” that’ll take you several stories to nowhere while you enjoy the sights of its pools, waterfalls and 40 different structures.

19. Contarini del Bovolo, Venice, Italy

Want to take a panoramic shot of Venice? Then here’s the place where you should go or say, climb. The staircase in Contarini del Bovolo is iconic with its countless arches.

20. Traversinersteg, near Thusis, Switzerland

This could be one of the coolest and also one of the scariest staircases that you’ll ever see. Hanging over the abyss in the Viamala Gorge, this staircase will take you 176 steps to reach Thusis.

21. St. Pancras Hotel, London, UK

The well-restored gothic 5-star hotel has its grand double staircase that reaches up to three stories with its steps that’ll make you feel like royalty while walking.

22.  The Cascading Universe, Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Dumfries, Scotland, UK

The weird white steps in the garden isn’t only built for the purpose of easy climbing to its Portrack House. This amazing art has steps arranged to represent the development of the universe over the years.

23. Stairs Above the Sea, Spain

The name explains it. The stairs are right above the sea and this might not be an easy task for those who’re afraid of seeing an amazing view on amazing heights. The stairs are connected between the mainland of Spain to Gaztelugatxe, an islet on the coast of Biscay belonging to the municipality of Bermeo, Basque.

24. Spiral Staircase in Taihang Mountains, China

Here’s an easy way to climb a mountain without the equipment, effort and of course the danger that it could bring: hike up a 300-foot staircase. But before you can even climb these stairs on the face of the Taihang Mountains in Linzhou, China, the management will ask first if any of the supposed-to-be climbers are fit enough to do the hike, especially if you are over 60 years old.

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