10 Unique Gondola Lifts
1Mt. Hood "SkiWay" (Oregon, US)
2Mount Hua's Cable Car (China)
For many years most people have taken a traditional but efficient walking ascent and cable car descent to climb this mountain. By taking this route, visitors can experience not only its danger but also the meaningful scenic locations.
3Skyway (Disneyland, US)
While the ride was very popular for allowing guests to view the entire park from above, it was closed in 1994 because the Matterhorn battery supports started to show stress cracks.
4The Cabrio (Switzerland)
Opened in Switzerland, The Cabrio rises to a height of 1.2 miles above sea level as it climbs the Stanserhorn mountain near the city of Lucerne. Carrying up to 60 passengers at any one time, the innovative cable car has room for half of them to brave the bracing mountain air and stand on the top deck. Even those riders who dislike heights might not find the inside much of a refuge, since the lower floor is made entirely of glass.
Starting at Kalti, which is 711 meters above sea level, the Cabrio transports passengers to the summit station 1,850 meters up.
5Kharkiv Lift (Ukraine)
The length of the route between the two landing stations of "Gorpark" and "Paul's Field" is 1,385 m. Rising to a height of 26 meters (this is the highest point), the Kharkov cable car offers wonderful views. It is supported by 18 towers of varying heights, going up and down from 8 to 26 meters, and it has 124 double passenger cabins.
6Emirates Air Line (London, England)
The cable car across the River Thames was officially launched by Boris Johnson in June 2012, just a month prior to the 2012 London Olympics. The London Mayor was the first passenger on the £44 million Emirates Air Line, which offers 360-degree views of the city. The system is sponsored by Dubai-based airline Emirates, which has contributed £36 million to the project in a 10 year deal.
7Merida, World's Highest Cable Car (Venezuela)
8Bondinho (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
A glass-walled cable car, capable of holding 65 passengers, runs along a 1,400 meter route between the peaks of Pão de Açúcar and Morro da Urca every 20 minutes. The original cable car line was built in 1912 and rebuilt around 1972/1973 and in 2008. The cable car leaves a ground station located at the base of the Babilônia hill, travelling to the Urca hill and then to the Pão de Açúcar.
In the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, the villainous henchman Jaws (played by Richard Kiel) attempts to kill 007 (Roger Moore) and the agent's ally, Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), on one of its cable cars. However, Bond and Goodhead escape and Jaws collides with the building at the bottom of the cable car route, demolishing the building but escaping unscathed.
9SkyView (Stockholm, Sweden)
From the apex 130 meters (425 feet) above sea level, you get a fantastic view encompassing all of Stockholm. The two SkyView gondolas depart every 10 minutes, and the entire visit takes about 30 minutes. A restaurant, café and souvenir shop are adjacent to SkyView.
10 Hotel Mudeung Park Lift (South Korea)
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