A new cable car system lets guests enjoy fresh air and great scenic views around Mount Stanserhorn in Switzerland. It seems that double-decker cable car has an open upper deck and riding to the top of the 1,900-meter Mount Stanserhorn with the fast wind in your hair, the stunning blue sky above you and a fantastic 360° panorama. That is the novel concept of the new cable car to replace the one from Kälti to Stanserhorn. I am sure it must be a crazy idea? Perhaps today we can see that it was a thoroughly viable one and so-called “CabriO” cable car is the world’s first cable car with a roofless upper deck. The very comfortable double-decker is the very newest in cable car technology. The lower level has space for 60 peoples, and an elegant staircase leads up to the sun deck, which has room for about 30 peoples. The riders can enjoy 360° panoramic views and fresh mountain air. The cable car moves on two side-mounted support cables a latest technological innovation of Garaventa AG, a central Swiss cable car company.
The latest cable car vision is to enhance the experience during the journey and offering the guests a new dimension in the new kind of cable car, and off course it was a great challenge for engineers, architects and builders and fact that the project was almost completely Swiss made from the initial idea down to the last screw. The investment volume for the new cable car project amounts to 28.1 million Swiss francs. Launched in 2010, the recapitalization was so successful that it was oversubscribed within a short time and some seven million francs mainly from locals flowed into the project. The ride up to Stanserhorn is also a journey through local history. One witness is the old-timer funicular from Stans to Kälti. When it opened in 1893, it broke the record for the world’s longest funicular. Indeed, pioneers have enjoyed an affinity with Stanserhorn for some 120 years.
The new CabriO cable car in figures:
Length: 2,320 meters
Base station: 711 meters above sea level
Mountain station: 1,850 meters above sea level
Capacity: 60 people
Conveying capacity: 465 guests per hour
Speed: 8 meters per second
Journey time: 6 minutes, 24 seconds
Investment: CHF 28.1 million