There is something weird and mysterious about stairways that don't go anywhere, and yet they're surprisingly common: inside and outside old buildings, among demolished walls, in big cities and small villages, or in artists' imaginations. They get your mind going, spurring you to imagine secret places and invisible doors. Try climbing the next one you encounter. Or just imagine climbing these.

 

Green stairs to nowhere, University of Vermont campus.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: zappowbang


University of Cincinnati

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: srecd


Ocean stairs, San Sebastian, Spain.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: Lauren Manning


Center of the World, Felicity, California (staircase salvaged from the Eiffel Tower in 1989).

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: Mike Towber


Knaresborough, Yorkshire.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: SFB579 :)


One of the famous stairs of Malta.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: Mads Johansen


Galveston, Texas.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: moleratsgotnofur


Waiting in Whitby, Great Britain.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: gregwake


Wooden staircase of Tors Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: ffreshness


Ancient stairs carved into rock. Petra, Jordan.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: Neil and Kathy Carey


Leicester, Great Britain.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: karlos of syston


Stairway on a house. Offenbach Marktplatz, Frankfurt, Germany.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: vollefolklore


Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: aquababe


Floating stairway over the Hudson River, New York.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: twinxamot


Staircase of a demolished house. Looks like a dinosaur. Columbus, Ohio, US.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: mikelietz


An old brewhouse, Philadelphia, US.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: fish2000


Boston, Massachusetts, US.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: Andrea Schwartz


Stairs on the bank of the River Danube. Budapest, Hungary.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: Attila Nagy/Gizmodo


Michel De Broin's mind bending sculpture: 'Révolutions'. Parc Maisonneuve-Cartier, Montreal, Canada.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: Evelyne Awaad/art_inthecity


Staircase sculpture at the KPMG Building in Munich, by Olafur Eliasson, entitled 'Rewriting'.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: Alaskan Dude


'Winding stairs' monument by Rudi van de Winton, dedicated to those who lost their lives in a 1977 air disaster. Tenerife, Spain.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: Arturo Rodriguez/AP


'Crouching Tiger and Turtle, Magic Mountain', by sculptors Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

22 Stairways That Lead Nowhere Photo: Funny-Leo


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