12/21/2012 08:02 am ET Updated Feb 20, 2013

11 Amazing Staircases Around the World (PHOTOS)

When given the choice between a stress-free elevator ride and a dusty old stairwell, the elevator almost always wins. While there's nothing wrong with trying to save a few minutes on your morning rush to work by riding the elevator, plan on taking the stairs on your next vacation. Most cities are best explored on foot and there are countless hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. From the famous steps at Machu Picchu to Switzerland's suspended bridge over the Traversinertobel, exercising has never felt so thrilling.

Here are 11 fantastic steps worth the climb.

Amazing Staircases (PHOTOS)

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