Cable cars and Funiculars are appreciated for making it easy for us to discover the beauty of some places which are otherwise impossible to reach. Urban cable cars are picturesque and charming and give you the pleasure of really feeling as a tourist, with plenty of time and much to see and to taste. Because we like them, here are 10 cable cars which cannot be missed, if you find yourself in nearby areas.
1. Zacatecas, Mexico
One of the most beautiful rides one could make in a life time is the cable car ride above Zacatcas, a city located in north central part of Mexico. The city, typically Mexican, shines in a variety of colours and shapes which will make you take out the camera in an instant!
2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This is definitely a must-see, must-do for anyone who visits Rio de Janeiro for pleasure. The cable car will go up to the summit Sugraloaf Mountain (396 m above the sea level). The famous statue ‘Christ the Redeemer is on the way and the view is splendid.
3. Mérida, Venezuela
This cable car ride is known as the longest and the tallest in the world. If you enjoy this type of journey, you’ll be glad to discover that this particular ‘teleférico’ takes an hour to ascend from a plateau in the Andes to the top of Mountain Pico Espejo.
4. The Peak Tram, Hong Kong,China.
The Peak Tram is 120 old and it is apparently a great way to enjoy Japan’s landscapes and natural wonders. This tram also allows you to profit from the views of the city in a special way. These funicular ascends rapidly up to Victoria Peak so that the buildings seem to be leaning over as you pass by.
5. Genting Skyway, Malaysia
Genting Skyway is featuring two records, for your delight: the fastest cable cars in the world as well as the longest cable way in Southeast Asia. At the end of your ride, Genting Skyway Resort will tempt you with many attractions such as restaurants, theme park, shops, hotels, and a casino. These conveniences are at 2,027 meters above the sea level, in the clouds!
6. Gulmarg Gondola, Jammu and Kashmir
The valley of Gulmarg is located at 2,730 meters, in north-western Himalaya and it is so charming that it was named ‘the Meadow of flowers’. Here is the base of the world’s highest cable cars, rising vertically up to 3, 980 meters. The speechless view includes impressive summits such as K2.
7. Picos de Europa National Park, Spain
Picos de Europa is a very beautiful National Park, in North-western Spain. Te cable car will take you up to 1, 840 meters, above a wild, enchanting valley in the mountains, covered with woods. Once you reached your destination, you can admire the view of the mountains from viewpoint Aliva and explore the surroundings.
8. Grindelwald-Männlichen Cableway, Switzerland
Switzerland could not remain unmentioned in this top of the best funicular and cable car rides. Grindelwald-Männlichen ranks the third in the top of the longest passengers gondola lift and needs 30 minutes to make the journey between the two locations, of which the first is a little village 943 meters above sea level, while the second is a ski region in the Swiss Alps.
9. Table Mountain Cableway, Cape Town, South Africa
One interesting feature about this cable car is the fact that its floor is rotating 360 degrees so that the tourists may experience an unique, delightful trip. The journey is short comparing to some of those already mentioned in this top but the views are spectacular and the possibilities of exploration or relaxations are countless.
10. Powell-Hyde Line, San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s cable car system is world famous because it is worlds’ last ‘permanently operational manually operated cable car system’.In the neighbourhood of Russian Hill, there is a railway which links all the main attractions of the city. It is called the Powell-Hyde line. This cable car will take you through Union Square, Chinatown, North Beach, Nob Hill, Aquatic Park andFisherman’s Wharf.