They offer the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views e breathtaking views, but they are not suitable for the faint of heart and those suffering from vertigo! The cable cars are a means of air transport which allows you to move quickly and easily, giving you an unmissable opportunity to contemplate the most spectacular landscapes from an alternative, or better, higher perspective!
One cinema screen where the only show is there nature: you just have to sit and enjoy the show. The cable cars are the result of human ingenuity, they were born as a means of connection, especially ideal in the mountains, and have also developed for tourism purposes.
But which of these marvels of engineering, which have now become true works of art, are they the most exciting and spectacular in the world? Here is the ranking:
10 - Genting Skyway, Malaysia: the fastest in the world
This gondola is the fastest in the world as it reaches the maximum speed of 21,6 kilometers per hour, and it is also the longest in Southeast Asia. The journey departs from the town of Gohtong Jaya and ends at the Genting Highlands Resort, located 2.027 meters above sea level, a facility that includes theme parks, shops, hotels and a casino.
9 - Ba Na Hills Cable Car, Da Nang - Vietnam
Inaugurated in 2013, it held the record for the longest cable car in the world for a few years. Its construction has seen other countries such as Sweden, Switzerland and Germany participate. The structure of the departure station also includes a local history museum.
8 - SkyWay Mont Blanc, Italy - France
The Mont Blanc SkyWay, inaugurated in 2015 and completed after 4 years of work and a cost of 105 million euros, allows the climb from Courmayeur (Pontal d'Entrèves, 1.500 meters above sea level) to Punta Helbronner (3.466 meters). The cabins rotate on themselves thanks to a particular system and provide passengers with one vision at 360 ° of all the areas crossed.
7 - Sugarloaf Mountain Gondola, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Home to a memorable fight scene from the James Bond film "Moonraker", the Rio de Janeiro cable car climbs to the top of the Sugar Loaf and allows you to enjoy a spectacular view, especially at sunset, over the whole city and the beaches, including the famous "Christ Redeemer"on the Corcovado mountain.
6 - Solda all'Ortles cable car, South Tyrol - Italy: the largest
If you love group travel and travel often with friends and relatives, you will certainly appreciate this Italian cable car. It consists of 4 cabins that can contain up to 110 passengers each: conquered the world record in 2003 transporting fully loaded 440 people on a single rope!
5 - Peak 2 Peak Gondola, Canada: the longest unsupported cable car
Even the most daring, this cable car will give a thrill of fear thanks to the ropes that seem to get lost in thin air. National pride, the Canadian cable car connects two peaks and seems to be the favorite of the base jumper, who often also defy the laws of the country in order to launch themselves from its cabins.
4 - Gelmer Funicular, Switzerland: the steepest in Europe and in the world
Not a cable car but one funicolare wins the record of steepest in Europe and the world. A truly breathtaking experience awaits those who choose to travel on this funicular: in just 12 minutes you can climb 400 meters in altitude and reach a gradient of 106%. If you suffer from vertigo, don't look down!
3 - Stanserhorn Cabrio, Lucerne, Switzerland: the world's first double-decker open-top
It is the first cable car characterized by an upper deck without a roof, it can carry 60 people (30 on the top and 30 on the lower section).
2 - Teleférico de Mérida, Venezuela: the highest in the world
Many contend for this record, however held by this cable car which takes an hour to complete the journey to the top of Pico Espejo: departure at 1.640 meters and arriving at 4.765, with a elevation gain of 3.125 meters. Along the way there are 4 stops to enjoy the panorama of the Andes.
1 - Mi Teleferico, La Paz, Bolivia: the longest in the world
Not only do they respond to tourist needs, many cableways are designed and built to cope with traffic problems of the inhabitants of the various cities. An example of this is this cable car, 10 kilometers long, which connects the center of La Paz with the city of El Alto, located at 4.080 meters above sea level.