Text and Photos Michel Azéma

Funiculars of Switzerland

DSS - Drahtseilbahn Schwyz Stoos

(photo Michel Azéma May 1992)

The only funicular of the canton of Schwyz is located in the Muotatal and, since 1933, it is the easiest and fastest way to reach the plateau of Stoos.
The first impression when you see and use this funicular is an impression of power and strength.

At Schlattli station, the incline railway has to pass over the deep Muota gorge on an 108 meter length iron bridge and immediately climbs the steep slope to reach Stoos. A 227 meter length tunnel is located just in the middle of the line. The maximum gradient 78,1 % of the track is one of the steepest of Switzerland.

The cabins of the DSS are easily recognizable, they are made of 5 separated compartments arranged as stairs.


Technical Datas

Type of funicular
Type of tracks
Length 1361 m
Lower station Alt. Schlattli (569 m)
Upper station Alt. Stoos (1294 m)
Diff. of levels 725 m
 Minimum Gradient
27 %
Average Gradient 60,9 %
 Maximum Gradient
78,1 %
227 m
108 m
5' - 7,5'
Speed 5 m/s
 Nb of passengers
100 per cabin
46 mm

Drahtseilbahn Schwyz-Stoos AG

Bahnhofstrasse 4



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