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The Submerged Gondola

You’ll find what is actually the world’s first “Tauchergondel” or Submerged Gondola on the Isle of Usedom in Zinnowitz, Germany. This amazing submerged gondola took its first dive in 2006, It is attached to a metal pillar ten meters deep in the Baltic Sea and slides up and down like an elevator. There is a buoyant force of around 50 tons so to overcome this the cabin is pressure-resistant and weighs in at 45 tons. All of this is powered by two electric engines.

The gondola is installed off a pier in Zinnowitz. 24 people at a time can sit in the cabin and there is a small shop, selling souvenirs and drinks. Most fascinating is that it also has a 3D theater. Windows go all around the cabin so people can view the underwater world. Since the Baltic Sea has much plankton and visibility conditions aren’t too clear, the 3D theater shows educational films that bring people to tropical coral reefs, get up-close to schools of sharks and get to look right at giant cuttlefish and sea monsters. The films also explain the biology of the Baltic Sea.

The gondola was designed by local architect and engineer Andreas Wulff, who plans on installing more submerged gondolas all over the world. He’s already installed three larger gondolas elsewhere in Germany and has projects going in Poland, Sweden, Croatia, China and along the Mediterranean coast. All of his submerged gondolas have the required technical equipment to dive down up to 8 meters beneath the water. During inclement weather, rough seas or thunderstorms, the gondola might not be able to dive as well as on dark evenings.

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