Stockholm got a new awesome world attraction: SkyView. Glass gondolas goes up on rails outside the Globe which gives the visitors a fabulous opportunity to see Sweden’s capital 130 m above sea level.

SkyView attraction premiere, Stockholm Globe Arena, Sweden. Copyright Globe Arenas.

SkyView attraction premiere, Stockholm Globe Arena, Sweden. Photo Copyright Globe Arenas.

Construction start: Jan 2009. Premiere: 5 Feb 2010.

This is actually a top attraction of a top attraction since it’s situated on the Stockholm Globe Arena which in itself is quite remarkable – the worlds largest hemispherical building, used for sports events and music concerts.

It was built in less than 2 1/2 years, constructed on top of 48 curved main columns a Mero space frame carries the dome shaped structure. The new SkyView where built on top of that with help from ski lift builders.

The two SkyView glass gondolas has room for 16 persons in each and the ride to the top takes 3 minutes. The gondola stays at the top of Globe approximately 10 minutes before going back on the same rails.

Premiere SkyView glass gondola attraction, Stockholm, Sweden, Copyright Globe Arenas

Skiss of SkyView glass gondola attraction, Stockholm, Sweden, Image Copyright Globe Arenas

  • Size of each gondola: 4.5 meters in diameter
  • Weight of each gondola: 7,000 kg
  • Maximum speed: 1 meter per second

Impressed? No? Maybe these facts will impress you:

42,000 kg of steel have been added to the original structure to strengthen the exterior and 70,000 kg of rail have been assembled on the outside of the Globe with the help of mountain climbers and a helicopter!

Have we been up there ourselves? No, we’re waiting for the spring with better weather – or to get a special invitation with a free ride…. *giggles*

Seriously: it’s fully booked all weekend and they have even squeezed in extra rides, that gives a hint of how popular this is gonna be.

There is no doubt at all that SkyView really will become one of the most important symbols for Sweden internationally, visited by every tourist that comes here.

They claim that you should prepare yourself for shivering kneecaps and sweaty palms – would you like to take a ride in it…?

Read more about SkyView here.


9 Comments on “SkyView World Premiere: Globe glass gondola ride”

    Karen said:

    Wow.. that looks amazing!

    I would feel like SpiderMan climbing up the side of the big sphere! Love it.


    Wow, that is truly awesome! We have met so many wonderful people here on our travels through India and Sri Lanka from Sweden, it is now very high on our list of countries to travel to. Can’t wait to see this in person.
    P.S. Sorry we haven’t been here in awhile, but travel has been busy..Just wanted to say I love the new background!

    Vagabonde said:

    This looks very impressive. I don’t know if I could go on a ride though as I am scared of heights. Last time I was on one of the plunging attractions at Six Flags over Georgia I kept my eyes closed most of the time……

    TorAa said:

    Congrats to a new attractions in the wonderful city of Birka – Stockholm what is the name since centuries.

    I agree with you: Waiting for the Spring and early green to go up and take photos.

    btw. Claudie and Pierre arrive at Torp Airport on August 18 at 13:30 with Ryan Air. I’ll pick them up and suspect we will be back in our Winterhome around 15:30.
    Also, most probably Anna will be at work Wednesday – Friday.
    If you want, you are wellcome to arrive earlier. Either to our Summer Home, or I give you the Key for our Winter Home.
    After all, we have planned a reunion for the all of us that met last August in Ollioules – in our Winter Home, on Wednesday

    T and A

    claudie said:

    Wouha!!!!This looks a fabulous attraction! Must be something to kiss Stockholm from the top!!! :shock:

    Yes, we booked our trip to the BG august 2010! It will the first time we will go on a such big trip just Pierre and me without the children since the big one we did after our weeding in 1982! You see!!! And we are still thinking:” poor Mélissa, how will she do without her parents?”
    Mélissa is looking at her parents with strange eyes wich could say: “my parents take pleasure going on trip just for themselves!!! what happen?!!!”
    She can guess her parents meet fabulous friends on the blogsphere and now all changes!!! :wink:

    marta said:

    :shock: this is really impressive!i am sure this will be the top attraction for sweden. if you get a free entrance give me a shout :lol:


    This is beautiful! I can’t wait to see stockholm someday.


    I must admit, even if a country neighbour, I had not heard about it – it’s really impressive and amazing!

    Looking forward to see it and with all the possible events (preferably sports :lol: ) coming up!

    Mark H said:

    What a great design. I am happier to see this than another giant ferris wheel that now seem to dot the world’s cities. These cities will be left with a sad legacy at some point when people get bored of ferris wheels.

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