A funicular railway are a great way to travel up mountains, if you don’t like cable cars or chair lifts. We’ve picked 5 popular and convenient funiculars you should try out.
Austria has both short urban funicular railways, and longer tracks that takes you up into the mountains. A funicular railway consists of two vehicles that counterbalance one another, rather than independently operated railway cars. Furthermore, they are usually barrier-free and perfect if you are a wheelchair user or travel with a stroller.
1. Hallstatt – Salzbergbahn
A funicular railway takes you up to the salt mines and viewing platforms in a few minutes. The skywalk offers a stunning view of the village Hallstatt and Lake Hallstättersee, which is wonderfully flanked by the spectacular panorama of the Dachstein Massif.
For more info: Salzbergbahn
2. Graz – Schlossbergbahn
For great views of Graz, head up to the Schlossberg (Castle hill) right above the historic city center. The Schlossbergbahn funicular railway has transported people up to the site of a former castle since 1894. The funicular railway is a great way to visit the famous clock tower. Schlossberg, at 473 m / 1552 feet above sea level, offers a large public park, museum, cafés, and restaurants.
For more info: Schlossbergbahn
Spital am Pyhrn – Wurzeralmbahn
Wurzeralm is located at Teichlboden, which is the biggest high moor of the eastern Tirolean limestone alps. To explore Wurzeralm, you take the funicular railway up to 1400 m / 4593 ft above sea level. The mountain station gives you access to the ski resort in winter or a fantastic hiking area in the summer.
For more info: Hinterstoder-Wurzeralm Bergbahnen
Hohensalzburg Fortress Salzburg – Festungsbahn
The funicular railway takes you up a 62 % incline from the historic city center in Salzburg, to the Hohensalzburg fortress. This is one of Austria’s oldest funicular railways, and has been operating since 1892. It’s a short 200-meter long, but convenient way to get up the very steep hill. Hohensalzburg, one of the largest existing castles in Europe from the 11th century, is a destination itself. Roam around or enjoy the museums and guided tours available.
For more info: Festungbahn
Seefeld – Rosshüttebahn
On the outskirts of ski resort Seefeld in Tyrol, you can take the funicular railway up to Rosshütte. Rosshütte, the end station for themountain train has several restaurants, lots of activities, and an enormous children’s playground. The funicular railway makes it easy for families with small children or wheelchair users to enjoy a trip to the mountain. Moreover, the view from the Rosshütte at 1760 meters / 5774 ft above sea level is fantastic.
For more info: Rosshütte Mountain Railway & Cable Cars
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