How about a ride with a maximum gradient of 106 percent? No, that’s not a typo – the rollercoaster-esque Gelmer funicular in the Jungfrau Region is the steepest in Europe. Built to transport the heavy construction materials for the Gelmer dam, it now carries brave tourists up to 6,102 ft / 1,860 m above sea level and the stunning Gelmer Lake. Oh, by the way: To reach the funicular, you have to cross the Handeck suspension bridge, which hangs some 230 ft / 70 m above the Handeck Gorge.
If you like it steep, but a gradient of 106 percent is more than you can take, how about the Ritom funicular? With its maximum gradient of 87,8 percent, it still is one of the steepest in the world. And it takes you up to the spectacular Piora Valley, one of the most untouched areas of Ticino. It is an ideal starting point for many hiking and biking excursions, it offers great opportunities to admire the rich vegetation and the large variety of alpine flowers, lush green meadows where cows and horses graze peacefully.
On the top of the Zürichberg hill lies the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETHZ), the Polytechnic School, also called “Poly”. Getting to the campus can be a chore, especially for students or professors who are laden with books. So in 1889 a short funicular railway was built between the Limmat river and the Polytechnic school. It was completely renovated in 1990 with two new cabins but with the same old look. Today, it transports around 50 passengers every two minutes, in both directions.
On hot summer days, a trip to the waters of Switzerland seems particularly appealing. Hop on a boat, take a dip in a river or relax by a mountain lake – there are many ways to enjoy the clean and refreshing Swiss water.
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Do you want to explore the cultural differences within Switzerland and its four languages with a native Swiss tour guide? This 11-day train trip is a great opportunity to visit the very best of Switzerland.
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