hether it is summer or winter, tourists love riding the cable cars in Europe. Getting an aerial view of natural landscapes and bustling cities can be an exciting experience, especially on the best cable cars in Europe. Some European alpine cable cars offer views; others offer breathtaking views with unforgettable experiences. These are the cable cars in Europe that make the trip worth the time and money. So, don’t skimp on a cheap ride with unmemorable scenery; pay for the ride of a lifetime, and enjoy the view!
Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola Cableway
In 1978, the Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola Cableway opened to connect the village of Grindelwald-Grund, at just over 900 meters, with the village of Männlichen, at just over 2300 meters. Since its opening, the 6 kilometer Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola Cableway has been the longest cableway in the world. The journey lasts 30 minutes and offers riders stunning views of the Jungfrau Mountain and Eiger Mountain in the Bernese Alps.
The Grindelwald-Männlichen Gondola Cableway runs year-round, so whether tourists are there in the summer for hiking and biking or in the winter for skiing, snowboarding, and sledding, they will have the opportunity to experience one of the most incredible European alpine cable cars.
Stresa-Mottarone Cable Car
Lake Maggiore, Italy
Head to Italy and take a ride on one of the most amazing European alpine cable cars, the Stresa to Mottarone Cable Car. This route takes visitors to the summit of Mount Mottarone, a 4,892-foot ascent. Halfway through the journey, riders can hop off at Alpino and explore the Alpine Gardens, a 431,000 square foot area containing Alpine and Sub-Alpine plant species. The Alpine Gardens also offer an unobstructed view of Lake Maggiore’s Borromean Islands: Bella, Madre, and dei Pescatori. Although, it is a short walk down to the bottom of the mountain from here, guests will not want to miss out on the ride to the top of the mountain. At the top, guests can witness the miraculous 360° views across the Po Valley and all the way to the Alps. Additionally, a quick 15-minute walk to the summit offers a view of seven spectacular lakes. The Stresa-Mottarone Cable Cars are the only cable cars in Europe with the opportunity to see Lake Orta, Lake Comabbio, Lake Monate, Lake Maggiore, Lake Mergozzo, Lake Varese, and Lake Biandronno in one journey.
Teleférico Benalmádena Cable Car
Opened in 2003, the Teleférico Benalmádena Cable Cars are one of the newer European alpine cable cars. Since opening, this 15-minute cable car ride has quickly become one of the top tourist attractions on the Costa del Sol because it offers remarkable views. Teleférico Benalmádena takes visitors 800 meters above sea level to the Peak of Calamorro Mountain, the highest point in Benalmádena. From there, riders can gaze at the Costa del Sol, Guadalhorce Valley, and Sierra Nevada Mountains. Also, visitors that are lucky enough to ride on a clear day will be able to see Gibraltar and the African coast. At the summit, marked signs point guests to specific viewpoints and additional attractions, such as donkey rides, the Birds of Prey demonstration, and mountain bike trails. Teleférico Benalmádena is open only from March to December, so check trip dates to guarantee a ride on one of the best European alpine cable cars.
Aiguille du Midi Cable Car
Aiguille du Midi is the highest and most famous of the Aiguilles de Chamonix, a system of European Alpine Cable Cars that provide access to the Chamonix Mountains. The Aiguille du Midi Cable Car starts in the center of Chamonix, taking riders 3842 meters up towards the start of the High Alps. About halfway through the ride, at 2300 meters, the gondola stops at Plan de l’Aiguille. From here, riders can depart for another adventure, enjoy a snack break in the mountains, or continue to ride the gondola across Les Pelerins glacier, farther into the mountains. The top of Aiguille du Midi offers terraces with 360° views of the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. In addition, from the summit, riders can gaze in awe at the magnificent Mont Blanc. When the sky is clear, riders can also see the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and the Grand Combin. In the summer months, riders who are already at the top of Aiguille du Midi can continue their journey on the Panoramic Mont Blanc lift, which connects France and Italy and is the highest cable car crossing in the world. Aiguilles de Chamonix provides access to the surrounding mountains, but Aiguille du Midi Cable Car, in particular, is one of the only cable cars in Europe that provides visitors with the stunning views that allow them to truly experience the Alps.
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