Switzerland & Austria:
Funiculars, Aerial Cable Cars,
and Cogwheel Railroads
An introduction to mountain transportation in Switzerland and Austria, with
Cardada Cable Car (Ticino)
The Cardada funivia will whisk you from Locarno to a mountain ridge where
you can enjoy lunch, hiking, and views of Lake Maggiore and the Swiss and Alps.
Gornergrat Bahn, Zermatt
a cogwheel train of the GBB to great skiing or lovely summer views. If
you're adventurous, you can even have your wedding at a mountain hotel
overlooking the Matterhorn.
Europe's longest gondola lift serves tourists, hikers, and skiers. The upper
station offers spectacular mountain views.
It's high in elevation, popularity, and price. We tell you what makes it unique and how to
trim your ticket costs by up to 50%.
Niesenbahn (Bernese Oberland)
This 90-year-old funicular leads to spectacular views, hikes, and a mountain inn
overlooking Lake Thun.
You can ascend this mountain overlook near Lucerne by cablecar, on foot, or via
the world's steepest cogwheel railway.
Stockhornbahn (Bernese Oberland)
Ride a cable car, hike a nature path, try a 100m bungee jump, or enjoy a
bargain buffet breakfast at a mountain restaurant overlooking Lake Thun.
Ski-Lift Fire in Kaprun, Austria
At least 159 skiers were killed when a car of the Gletscherbahn Kaprun 2
funicular burst into flames after entering a tunnel on the first day of the
Austrian ski season. (Archived article.)
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