Best cable cars and mountain trains in Austria
Nothing beats seeing sweeping views from the top of a mountain, and it’s even better when you can hop on a train or lift to take the legwork out of getting up there. Many Austrian resorts even offer summer cards that give you discounts on the tickets – so heading to the heights couldn’t be easier. Take a look at some of our favourite summer lifts and mountain railways.
Schlossalmbahn cable car, Bad Hofgastein
The Schlossalmbahn cable car was built in Bad Hofgastein back in summer 2018. Anyone eager to stretch their legs can be whisked to the Schlossalm summit in minutes, where you’ll find a range of circular walking trails. For families, gentle routes will give kids a chance to burn some energy, and capture their imaginations as they try and spot the eagles, mammoths and cows carved into rocks along the way.
Zwölferhorn cable car, St Gilgen
If it’s the scenery you’re after, the Zwölferhorn cable car is a classic. Its original primary-coloured cabins rise from St Gilgen, giving you spectacular views of the lakes and mountains in Salzburgerland. Known as the Austrian Lake District, this area is a canvas of turquoise lakes, chocolate-box towns and UNESCO World Heritage sites, surrounded by the Dachstein mountains. At the top of the lift, you can soak up the sun and the views from the terrace, or stroll through woodland and pastures on the looping Illinger Alm trail.
Schafberg Railway, St Wolfgang
The Schafberg is the steepest rack-and-pinion railway in the country, with cherry-red carriages clack-clacking up to 1,783m in 45 minutes. At the top, you’re greeted with uninterrupted views of Lake Wolfgang, as well as a network of scenic walking paths to explore. Perched on the summit is Austria’s oldest mountain inn, the Hotel Schafbergspitze, where you can dine on classic Austrian food like roast pork and kaiserschmarrn. During the return trip, the train’s engine car acts as a braking system, leading the passenger cars back down to St Wolfgang.
Scale the summit in style on your next Lakes & Mountains holiday to Austria.
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