History of the Funicular
History of the "old" Schlossalmbahn
A look back in time
"From history and tradition to the dawn of the future and modernity." With the removal of the funicular and the old valley station at the Schlossalm, a piece of history comes to an end.
What has changed in the 60s and 80s
In September 1964, the funicular railway in Bad Hofgastein was dedicated ceremoniously by the Austrian Federal President Dr. Shärf. Until the conversion in 1983, the funicular carried up to 120 people on each trip and overcame a height difference of 459 meters over a journey of around three and a half minutes.
The "old" valley station "Kitzstein" became the starting point for the prospective cable car and the subsequent chairlift routes II and III. Only two years later, in 1966, the second section - the aerial cable car to the "Kleine Scharte" - was dedicated by the Federal Chancellor, Dr.Josef Klaus.
After more than 50 years "on duty", the funicular is going to be replaced by a new and more efficient monocable gondola on two sections from the valley to the mountain. The aerial cableway remains, so skiers have the choice whether they board at the intermediate station in the new single gondola or in the aerial cable car.