Travelling around the world you will find some absolutely stunning kinds of steps. Made of wood or stone, they will take you up to mountain peaks, into wells or mysterious caves. Climbing some of them calls for a great deal of courage as looking down you will see a terrifying precipice…
#1 Chand Baori (Abhaneri, north-west India) is one of the deepest wells in the world. It’s about 30 meters deep and there are 3,500 tiny steps taking you down along its wall.
#2 El Pailón del Diablo is a waterfall in Ecuador. To take a close look at it, you have to climb the stairs carved out in rock.
#3 El Peñón de Guatapé is a 220-metre high rock in Colombia. To get to the top to admire the breathtaking views, you have to go up 659 steps.
#4 Haʻikū are also referred to as ‘stairway to heaven’. It’s a route consisting of 3922 steps and it goes along a mountain on one of Hawaii islands.
#5 In the Tianment National Park in China, there is a great cave called ‘The Gate to Heaven’. It’s 1260 meters above the sea level and there are 999 steps leading to it.
#6 The Half Dome rock formation is one of the attractions of the Yosemite National Park. Its top is at 2693 meters above the sea level and getting there requires climbing 400 wooden steps.
#7 To one of Mount Taihang slopes spiral steps were fixed, the entire construction is over 90 meters tall. Before climbing it you need to sign a statement that you do not suffer from any lung or heart conditions.
#8 Adam’s Peak is in Sri Lanca. There are 5,500 steps taking you to the top.
#9 In Duisburg (Germany) you can admire a tourist installation called Tiger and Turtle Magic Mountain. From a distance it looks like a rollercoaster. In fact, you can easily walk on it. There are 249 steps for those who will go for it.
#10 Malaysia. There are 13 Batu caves with Hindu shrines. To get there, climb 272 steps, painted colors of the rainbow.
#11 Awaji, Japan. There is a garden that consists of a hundred flowerbeds. To see them all, you have to go up 1575 steps.
#12 The steps along the mountain railway track are the longest of its kind. There are 11,674 steps along 3.5 kilometer-long section.
#13 The 237 wishing steps in Spain take you to a chapel on Gaztelugatxe island. Fans of ‘The Game of Thrones’ will immediately recognize the views the place offers.
#14 The Hua Shan steps are thought to be the most dangerous ones. They were carved out in rock and to climb them you have to use the chains. After several accidents, to climb them you have to use safety harness.
At the back of Acqua, a Venice bookstore, there are steps made of books.
Which one impresses you the most? Let us know in your comments!