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Hungerburgbahn: Traverse Innsbruck in Style

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.

To call the Hungerburgbahn in Innsbruck a hybrid funicular railway is both accurate and misleading, for this is much more than a railway. Travelers from around the world come not just to travel between four stations -- Congress, Löwenhaus, Alpenzoo and Hungerburg -- but to marvel at the sheer wildness of the design. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid and built in 2007, the system replaced the previous funicular service in operation between 1906 and 2005.

In a country renown for its architectural daring, this new collection of structures seemingly hails from another galaxy. With biomorphic undulations and futuristic curves, they celebrate the gorgeous landscape -- while ferrying you over it. Each train carries just 130 people, and the ride lasts less than ten minutes; the physical scale is small, but the artistic vision connects with a great tradition of architectural innovation throughout Austria.

The golden roof in Innsbruck © The Cutlery Chronicles The golden roof in Innsbruck © The Cutlery Chronicles

Things to do in Innsbruck

  1. Swarovski Kristallwelten
  2. Bergisel Ski Jump Tower
  3. Innsbruck Cable Cars
  4. Ambras Castle
  5. Innsbruck's Old Town
  6. The Ultimate Trip to Innsbruck

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