Take a Trip Down to the Ocean Floor in This Perfectly Engineered Elevator

These 'underwater gondolas' offer tourists a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Derya Ozdemir

Imagine being underwater and being able to see all kinds of marine life without getting wet and needing to be in an expensive submarine or anything like that. On the northeastern coast of Germany, on the Baltic Sea, you can get to experience just that thanks to meticulously engineered elevators, also known as underwater gondolas or Tauchgondel in German, that offer tourists the ride of a lifetime.

In this video by the English YouTuber and educator Tom Scott, you can go for a virtual ride in one of these unique-looking underwater elevators and meet one of the crew members in charge of them.

The experience is one of a kind with the sounds of the seafloor filling the elevator, and as you'd imagine, there's a great deal of vigorous engineering behind such a structure and safety is a big focus of these efforts. Scott interviews the crew about the safety measures that must be taken to ensure that passengers won’t get trapped inside or if there’s a leak anywhere. If you want to learn more about this fascinating tourist attraction that may give your travel fever, make sure you watch the video embedded above.

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