World premiere on Mount Stanserhorn
The wind in your hair in a convertible-style cable car
A new cable car system lets guests enjoy fresh air and great views around Mount Stanserhorn. The double-decker cable car has an open upper deck.
Riding to the top of the 1,900-meter Mount Stanserhorn with the wind in your hair, the blue sky above you and a fantastic 360° panorama: that was the concept of the new cable car to replace the one from Kälti to Stanserhorn. A crazy idea? Maybe, but today we can see that it was a thoroughly viable one. The so-called “CabriO” cable car is the world’s first cable car with a roofless upper deck. The comfortable double-decker is the very latest in cable car technology. The lower level (with windows going almost from wall-to-wall) has space for 60 people. From there, an elegant staircase leads up to the sun deck, which offers room for about 30 people. The guests can enjoy 360° panoramic views as well as the fresh mountain air. The car moves on two side-mounted support cables – a technological innovation of Garaventa AG, a Swiss cable car company based in central Switzerland.
For those in charge at Stanserhorn, one thing was clear: If there was to be a new cable car, it would have to fulfil all requirements while providing a new experience for visitors. According to Director Jürg Balsiger, ‘Our vision was to enhance the experience during the journey. We wanted to offer the guests a new dimension.’ Because this was a whole new kind of cable car, it was a challenge for engineers, architects and builders. ‘The steady will and great optimism of all parties remained constant,’ says project leader Martin Gut. The people at Mount Stanserhorn are also proud of the fact that the project was almost completely Swiss-made – from the initial idea down to the last screw. About 90% of the added value came from Switzerland, mostly from companies in central Switzerland. In addition, the Swiss Post Office honoured the innovation with a special stamp that came out in May 2012. The investment volume for the new cable car project amounts to CHF 28.1 million. Launched in 2010, the recapitalisation 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-time funicular from Stans to Kälti. When it opened in 1893, it broke the world record for the longest funicular. Indeed, pioneers have enjoyed an affinity with Stanserhorn for some 120 years. And while historical gems like the old-time funicular will remain at Stanserhorn, the new CabriO will bring to the mountain a breath of fresh air.
The new CabriO cable car in figures:
Length: 2,320 metres
Base station: 711 metres above sea level
Mountain station: 1,850 metres above sea level
Capacity: 60 people
Conveying capacity: 465 guests per hour
Speed: 8 metres per second
Journey time: 6 minutes, 24 seconds
Investment: CHF 28.1 million