This tower, built in 2017 close to Rottweil in southern Germany, is used for testing high-speed elevators. It also has a 246-meter-high deck, and on a clear day, visitors can see the Swiss Alps.

Going up
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It may look like a giant drill bit, but this structure consists almost entirely of elevators: The Thyssenkrupp Test Tower in Rottweil contains twelve shafts plus a damper system that can induce swaying and is used to simulate wind loads on calm days. Despite its height – it boasts the highest observation deck in Germany – the tower is strikingly elegant, largely due to the twisted fiberglass-clad façade. The elevators whizz up and down at speeds of up to 18 meters per second. Open for visitors from Friday to Sunday.

Going up
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