train ascends Mt. Pilatus above Lake Lucerne (Switzerland Tourism)
Funiculars, Aerial Cable Cars, and
Cogwheel Railroads switzerlandforvisitors.com
An introduction to mountain transportation in Switzerland and Austria, with
Zermatt's GGB takes you to Matterhorn views and mountain hotels.
Jungfraujoch Railway switzerlandforvisitors.com
This cogwheel railway is high in elevation, popularity, and price. (But you
can save up to 50% on tickets by reading my advice.)
You can ascend this mountain overlook near Lucerne by cablecar, on
foot, or via the world's steepest rack-and-pinion railway.
Steam-driven cogwheel trains have been hauling tourists to a scenic overlook
above Lake Brienz since 1892.
Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke (DFB)
If you rode the Glacier Express before 1942, you'll recognize the impeccably
restored cars and tracks of the Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway. You can reach
the train's route by car or Swiss Postal Bus.
Mt. Rigi is one of Switzerland's classic excursions. You can board a cogwheel
train at Vitznau or Goldau, then descend from Rigi-Kaltbad to Weggis via
aerial cablecar and travel back to Lucerne by steamer. (Or reverse the
journey, if you prefer.)
This 90-year-old funicular leads to spectacular views, hikes, and a mountain
inn overlooking Lake Thun in the Bernese Oberland.
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
2000-2001 ski season.
Michael Azéma of Paris offers links to funicular and mountain-railway Web
sites in Switzerland and other countries.
Europe's longest gondola lift serves tourists, hikers, and skiers.
The upper station offers spectacular mountain views.
Ride a cable car, hike a nature path, or try a 100m bungee jump near Lake Thun
in the Bernese Oberland.
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