Switzerland’s incredible cable cars, gondolas and funiculars

Switzerland boasts more than its fair share of amazing cable cars. Take a journey up the Alps with us...
Roger Gruetter Enjoy the view from the Titlis Rotair gondola
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Gazing into an icy chasm from a glass box strung on a wire? Travelling up the Swiss mountains can be scary, but let’s be honest, it's thrilling, too. And from cable cars to their smaller counterparts, gondolas, or even vertigo-inducing funiculars, Switzerland packs a punch when it comes to record-breaking modes of mountain transport. We’ve rounded up the most amazing, so clamber aboard for a hair-raising ride.      

Titlis Rotair gondola
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Titlis Rotair gondola

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This is the world’s first fully rotating gondola, which slowly spins around 360 degrees during its five-minute trip towards the summit of Mount Titlis from the Engelberg resort.

Stanserhorn Cabrio
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Stanserhorn Cabrio

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Flying double decker bus meets convertible car? The so-called CabriO is somewhere along those lines. 

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Matterhorn Glacier Express
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Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

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Zermatt’s Matterhorn Glacier Paradise network of mountain lifts connects the Valais resort with the highest cable car station in Europe (3,883 metres above sea level). 

Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola Cableway
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Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola Cableway

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It is no mean feat of engineering that can overcome more than six kilometres and 1,000 metres’ altitude within 30 minutes. But that is just what the Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola Cableway does.

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Gelmer Funicular
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Gelmer Funicular

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Of all Switzerland’s modes of mountain transport, the Gelmer Funicular freaks us out the most. With a maximum gradient of 106 per cent – no, that’s not a typo – this rollercoaster-esque funicular is the steepest in Europe.

Giessbach Funicular
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Giessbach Funicular

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Renowned among Sherlock Holmes fans around the world, the Giessbach Falls also have another claim to fame: the funicular that travels to them is Switzerland’s oldest that is still in operation. 

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Titlis Xpress
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Titlis Xpress Cable Car

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The new Titlis Xpress cable car has arrived! From mid-December you'll be able to ascend Titlis mountain from Engelberg to Trübsee then on to Stand in just 16 minutes. 

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