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Funiculars of Switzerland

BB - Bürgenstock Bahn
Nidwalden


(photo Michel Azéma September 1998)
Description

Bürgenstock is just a halt on the famous "Round Trip" of Lucern but if you get out the boat at Kerhsiten you have this choice climb the breathtaking cliff or get in the old timer red wooden cabin of the Bürgenstock Bahn which is waiting for you just on the pier with an elevator operator with red livery.

The Bürgenstock is a dark peak in the middle of the Lake of the Four Cantons. At the top are the three famous Bürgenstock Hotels which own the funicular and also the Hammetschwandlift which is a vertical lift first built in 1905 and known as the "fastest external lift in the world". From the top of the Hammetschwand the 360° view is really great: the Lake of the Four Cantons, the Rigi, the Titlis, the Stanserhorn, and the Pilatus.

The Bürgenstock Bahn was opened in 1888 and it was a water-ballast funicular with Abt cog. Today the funicular is electric and automatic but the cabin are the same as in 1888.

 
Map


 
Technical Datas


 
Start
1888
End
...
 Status
 
Type of funicular
Type of tracks
Energy
Length 944 m
Kehrsiten 434 m
Bürgenstock Hotels 874 m
Diff. of levels 440 m
Aver. Gradient 53,3 %
 Max Gradient
 58 %
 Gauge
1 m
 Speed
3 m/s
Time of a ride
7'
 Cabins
2 x 80 pass.
 Construction
Th. Bell & Co. Kriens - Luzern, Umbau von Roll Giesserei Bern
 Automatism
System Frey AG, Stans
 Bürgenstock-Bahnen
CH-6363 Bürgenstock
Tel. ++41 (041) 610 55 41
Fax ++41 (041) 610 55 80
info@buergenstock-bahn.ch

 

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