20 Epic Spiral Staircases To Make Your Architectural Travel Dreams Come True

The earliest evidence of spiral staircases is in a temple in Sicily that was thought to be constructed around 480–470 BC, and I don’t feel that I’m exaggerating when I say, and they’ve been super popular pretty much ever since

Spiral staircases have been a centerpiece feature of just about every architectural era, and we still just cannot get enough of them.

Many travelers will happily go out of their way to visit a specific town or city just because they’ve been made aware of a specific building that is said to have one specific crazy rad spiral staircase.

We carry this obsession as a human species, spiral staircases know no national or cultural bounds, they are prevalent in everything from religious structures, to houses, to castles and palaces, to schools, to libraries and government buildings, to lighthouses… basically any building that has multiple floors, there’s a pretty good chance that if it doesn’t have a spiral staircase, everyone wishes it did.

They take our breath away (sometimes literally, you know, fitness, climbing, always worth it though).

Not only are they an art in their own existence but they basically also have their own genre of photography these days too.

These 20 examples are sure to have you totally rescheduling your next trip itinerary to include a visit. 

1. Bory Castle, Hungary

2. Queen’s House, UK

3. Vatican Museums, Vatican

Photo via Naoto Tsujimoto

4. Ljubljana Castle, Slovenia

Photo via Sarah Freeman

5. Canton Tower, China (world’s longest spiral staircase)

Photo via Spider Walk

6. Baron’s Palace, Egypt

Photo via Stolen Camera

7. Contarini del Bovolo, Italy

Photo via Travel Blog

8. Quinta de Regaleira, Portugal

9. Chateau de Blois, France

Photo via Atlas Obscura

10. Bóbila Almirall, Australia

Photo via Atlas Obscura

11. The Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq

Photo via Atlas Tours

12. The Magic Circle, UK

Photo via Tony Antoniou 

13. Melk Abbey, Austria

Photo via Kevin Jones

14. San Francisco’s Tiled Steps, USA

(Okay so it has spirals ON it but it’s neat looking so it still counts)

Photo via Oddee

15. The Lighthouse, Scotland

Photo via Twisted Sifter

16. Castle Hartenfels, Germany

Photo via The Roosevelts

17. Eckmuhl Lighthouse, France

Photo via The Roosevelts

18. Vizcaya Museum, USA

Photo via The Roosevelts

19. Cottbus University Library, Germany

Photo via Yet Another Photo Blog

20. Heal’s, UK

Which spiral staircase is your favorite?