This Steepest Funicular Railway On Earth In Switzerland Offers A Gravity-Defying Experience Amidst Spectacular Views!

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by Mallika Khurana
This Steepest Funicular Railway On Earth In Switzerland Offers A Gravity-Defying Experience Amidst Spectacular Views!

Nestled in the heart of Switzerland lies a marvel of engineering and a testament to human innovation: the Stoosbahn, also known as the Schwyz–Stoos funicular. This extraordinary railway connects the tranquil village and mountain resort of Stoos with the lower regions, offering both locals and visitors an unforgettable journey through the picturesque Swiss canton of Schwyz.

Discover The Magic Of The Stoosbahn Funicular

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The Stoosbahn boasts an impressive gradient of 110% (47.7°), making it not only the steepest funicular railway in Switzerland and Europe but also claiming the title of the world’s steepest. This remarkable feat surpasses its predecessor, the Gelmerbahn, and even outdoes the renowned Katoomba Scenic Railway in Australia, holding a Guinness World Record for its remarkable incline.

The carriages of the Stoosbahn are ingeniously designed to adapt to the extreme gradient of the track. Shaped like barrels, these cabins rotate to ensure that passengers remain upright throughout the journey.

The 1.7-kilometer (1.1-mile) journey from the Hintere Schlattli to Stoos is an experience in itself. As the funicular ascends, passengers are treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding Alpine landscape. They traverse two bridges and pass through three tunnels along the way.

Despite the challenging terrain, the Stoosbahn swiftly transports passengers from Schwyz to Stoos in just 4 to 7 minutes. During this short yet exhilarating ride, travellers ascend a staggering 744 meters. Ultimately, they arrive at the upper station situated amidst the idyllic mountain village.

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Stoos, A Mountain Paradise

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Upon reaching Stoos, visitors are welcomed to a pristine Alpine paradise, situated at an elevation of approximately 1,300 meters. Surrounded by majestic peaks and serene landscapes, Stoos offers a myriad of leisure activities for all seasons.

From leisurely hikes along the ridge trail to refreshing dips in the tranquil waters of Little Stoos Lake, summer in Stoos promises adventure and relaxation amidst nature’s bounty. As the snow blankets the landscape during winter, Stoos transforms into a winter wonderland. Ski slopes, winter hiking trails, and snowshoeing adventures beckon enthusiasts to explore the pristine alpine terrain.

Whether seeking adventure or tranquility, visitors to this alpine haven are guaranteed an unforgettable experience. Every journey on the world’s steepest funicular railway is a testament to the timeless allure of the Swiss Alps.

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