The best way to climb Innsbruck’s majestic Nordkette mountain range: Step on board the Nordkette cable car designed by star-architect Zaha Hadid and rise to new heights with fantastic views – and all in just twenty minutes from Innsbruck’s old town. Now this we call unique!
In no other place in the world is the dividing line between an urban area and rugged mountain terrain so thin. The new Nordkettenbahnen – designed by Zaha Hadid in 2002 - now takes visitors directly from the city center of Innsbruck to high mountain terrain in just twenty minutes.
A visit to the Innsbruck Nordkette offers best panoramic views. Once you reach the 1,000-feet-high mountain station Hungerburg, enjoy the first breathtaking view of the city of Innsbruck.
The panorama is cloud-free 350 days a year. Then step onboard the cable car “Seegrube,”which takes you up even further to the 6,250-feet-high Seegrube in just a couple of minutes. And there enjoy views of the middle Inn Valley, the Stubai and Zillertal Valley Alps and the Wipptal Valley, all the way into Italy. Take a well-deserved break and enjoy lunch or dinner at the Alpenlounge Seegrube.
In order to reach the highest view point, go even further to the 7,401-feet-high Hafelekar. The highly populated Inn Valley on one side contrasts with the genuine wilderness of the Karwendel Alpine Park on the other. The visual contrasts between city and mountains make for long-lasting memories.
Take a virtual tour through Innsbruck with Kelley:
For nearly a century, a funicular system offered passage around the hills of Innsbruck. In 2007 the system was retired, and replaced with something so architecturally stunning that it became a tourist destination in its own right. The journey is what matters on the Hungerburgbahn, and it happens in futuristic style.