How does climbing 121 feet up a curved tower with nothing between you and the ground sound?
For most people, terrifying. For a very, very brave few, it's a challenge.
Yet that's exactly what's on offer for visitors who take on the Excalibur climbing wall in Groningen, in the Netherlands.
At a height of just over 121 feet, it's the world's tallest freestanding climbing wall.
But it's not just the height that's terrifying; the tower's curved shape means that you can climb along 36ft of overhang too.
Which means while you're climbing, you could find yourself nearly horizontal as you climb. (There are ropes if you are climbing the overhang, but again, you're climbing at your own risk).
Of course for those who make it to the top, they're rewarded with views of the countryside, although if we're honest they're not particularly spectacular views (at least, not ones that would have us climbing a 121ft-high curved tower).
Safe to say, it's not one for the faint-hearted, even if it does attract thousands of visitors from around the world every year.
Unsurprisingly, it's also not one for beginners. The climbing centre which is behind the tower, Klimcentrum Bjoeks, warns that only seasoned climbers should attempt to take on the challenge, especially as there's no supervision on offer for those who climb Excalibur.
For adventurers, you can even camp on site if you want to climb the wall during sunrise or sunset. (Campers are given access to the climbing centre's showers and kitchenette which has a microwave and fridge).
You can find out more about Excalibur on the Klimcentrum Bjoeks website.
There's plenty to explore in nearby Groningen too, whether you want to learn about local culture in the Groningen museum, check out the local shops or explore the breathtaking coastline. You can find more information on Holland's tourism website.
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