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.
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.
Flying double decker bus meets convertible car? The so-called CabriO is somewhere along those lines.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get closer to the slopes
Switzerland’s long-standing obsession with skiing has led to an incredible scene, so make the most of it at a ski-in and ski-out hotel. These fabulous spots are the ideal getaway for skiers, as you can spring out of bed and straight on to the piste, without wasting valuable carving time schlepping to the slope. Here’s a handpicked selection of the finest ski-in and ski-out hotels around.