Predigtstuhl Cable Car

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The Predigtstuhl Cable Car (German: Predigtstuhlbahn) has been in operation since 1928 and is the oldest, still running, original large-cabin cable car in the world.[1] Since 2006, the ropeway has been placed under the protection of monuments. And in 2013 the "Predigstuhlbahn" as well as the hotel and mountain's top restaurant got a new ownership, "Marga und Josef Posch", which belongs to the German businessman group Max Eicher.

Predigtstuhl cable car in the mist
Predigtstuhl cable car model

History and construction[edit]

The cable car began operations on 1 July 1928, after only a year's construction. The production of the ropes was assigned to the Westphalian Wire Industry (Westfälische Drahtindustrie). The building of the three pylons, at heights of 22, 32 and 9 metres was contracted to Hochtief AG, from Munich.

The heartpiece, the wire ropeway drive technology and the two elegant pavilion passengers cabins were manufactured by the German, at that time worldwide leading wire ropeways company Adolf Bleichert & Co. from Leipzig, technology based on the Bleichert-Zuegg system.

Predigtstuhl cable car and pavilion cabin

Technical data[edit]

  • Height of valley station: 474 metres
  • Height of mountain station: 1,583 metres [1]
  • Height difference: 1,140 metres
  • Length: 2,380 metres
  • Power: 150 PS
  • Capacity: 150 persons/hour
  • Journey time: 8.5 minutes


Coordinates: 47°42′59″N 12°52′20″E / 47.7165°N 12.8722°E / 47.7165; 12.8722