Fichtelberg Cable Car

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Fichtelberg Cable Car
Fichtelberg Sachsen Schwebebahn Vierersessellift Fichtelberghaus.jpg
View of the Fichtelberg with its cable car
Overview
Status Operational
Character Elevated
Location Oberwiesenthal, Saxony, Germany
Termini Oberwiesenthal
Fichtelberg
No. of stations 2
Open December 29, 1924
Technical features
Line length 1,175 m (3,855 ft)
Notes 302.9 m (994 ft)
Electric motor powering cable bullwheel

The Fichtelberg Cable Car (German: Fichtelberg Schwebebahn) is a German cable car in the Ore Mountains in Saxony that runs from the town of Oberwiesenthal to the Fichtelberg mountain top. It is the oldest cable car in Germany,[1] leading from the valley station at an altitude of 905 metres above sea level to the top station at 1,208 metres above sea level, having a length of 1,175 metres and a maximum upward gradient of 50 per cent. The Fichtelberg Cable Car is equipped with two carrying and two hauling cables.

Operations began in December 1924. The Fichtelberg Cable Car temporarily ceased operation in 1948 due to lack of maintenance during World War II. After a major overhaul, it reopened in 1956. Another major renovation took place in 1984, when one of the support towers were removed and the others where relocated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fichtelberg Schwebebahn at europeforvisitors.com, Imboden, Durant and Cheryl. Accessed on 27 Dec 09.

Sources[edit]

  • Mario Schatz: Seilbahnen der DDR. transpress VEB Verlag für Verkehrswesen, Berlin 1987, ISBN 3-344-00159-0.

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View from the Fichtelberg peak under the cable car (right)

Coordinates: 50°25′38″N 12°57′32″E / 50.42722°N 12.95889°E / 50.42722; 12.95889