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Austria's highest cable car unveiled atop the Pitztal Glacier

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Austria’s highest cable car and visitor center was unveiled late last year, located at the very top of the Pitzal Glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Austria’s highest cable car and visitor center was unveiled late last year, located at the very top of the Pitzal Glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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At an altitude of 3440 meters (11,286 ft.), the new “Wildspitzbahn” visitor center and café are the highest in Austria (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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At an altitude of 3440 meters (11,286 ft.), the new “Wildspitzbahn” visitor center and café are the highest in Austria (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
The new “Wildspitzbahn” visitor center and café are accessible via the new mono-cable ropeway with 61 gondolas (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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The new “Wildspitzbahn” visitor center and café are accessible via the new mono-cable ropeway with 61 gondolas (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
The Wildspitzbahn center was built by Austrian architectural firm Baumschlager Hutter (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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The Wildspitzbahn center was built by Austrian architectural firm Baumschlager Hutter (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Wildspitzbahn boasts a breathtaking free-suspension outdoor terrace with endless views across the glacier and surrounding Alps (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Wildspitzbahn boasts a breathtaking free-suspension outdoor terrace with endless views across the glacier and surrounding Alps (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
61 working gondolas transport 2185 visitors per hour (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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61 working gondolas transport 2185 visitors per hour (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
During the winter seasons, the Pitztal Glacier offers a total of 68 kilometres (42.25 miles) of impressive natural snow slopes (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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During the winter seasons, the Pitztal Glacier offers a total of 68 kilometres (42.25 miles) of impressive natural snow slopes (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
The cable car transports visitors over two kilometers (1.24 miles) and 600 altitude meters (1968 ft.) to the top of the glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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The cable car transports visitors over two kilometers (1.24 miles) and 600 altitude meters (1968 ft.) to the top of the glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
The free-suspension outdoor terrace offers endless views across the glacier and surrounding Alps (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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The free-suspension outdoor terrace offers endless views across the glacier and surrounding Alps (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Approximately 20 million Euros (US$26.75 million) went into the very challenging construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Approximately 20 million Euros (US$26.75 million) went into the very challenging construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
The Wildspitzbahn center was built by Austrian architectural firm Baumschlager Hutter (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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The Wildspitzbahn center was built by Austrian architectural firm Baumschlager Hutter (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
During construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center workers faced icy weather conditions (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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During construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center workers faced icy weather conditions (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Large building components where delivered by helicopter to the base site before being brought to the summit via a cable pulley (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Large building components where delivered by helicopter to the base site before being brought to the summit via a cable pulley (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Approximately 20 million Euros (US$26.75 million) went into the very challenging construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Approximately 20 million Euros (US$26.75 million) went into the very challenging construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
The cable car transports visitors top of the glacier in only five minutes and 40 seconds (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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The cable car transports visitors top of the glacier in only five minutes and 40 seconds (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Approximately 20 million Euros (US$26.75 million) went into the very challenging construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Approximately 20 million Euros (US$26.75 million) went into the very challenging construction of the Wildspitzbahn cable car and visitor center (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
The new “Wildspitzbahn” visitor center and café are accessible via the new mono-cable ropeway with 61 gondolas (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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The new “Wildspitzbahn” visitor center and café are accessible via the new mono-cable ropeway with 61 gondolas (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
The Pitz Valley in Tyrol is the ideal lodging point for to travelers wishing to visit Wildspitzbahn and the Pitzal Glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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The Pitz Valley in Tyrol is the ideal lodging point for to travelers wishing to visit Wildspitzbahn and the Pitzal Glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Wildspitzbahn's Cafe 3440 offers impressive views (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Wildspitzbahn's Cafe 3440 offers impressive views (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
The region is popular for its exceptional snow cover and a long winter season which extends from September to May (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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The region is popular for its exceptional snow cover and a long winter season which extends from September to May (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Wildspitzbahn boasts a breathtaking free-suspension outdoor terrace with endless views across the glacier and surrounding Alps (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Wildspitzbahn boasts a breathtaking free-suspension outdoor terrace with endless views across the glacier and surrounding Alps (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Austria’s highest cable car and visitor center was unveiled late last year, located at the very top of the Pitzal Glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Austria’s highest cable car and visitor center was unveiled late last year, located at the very top of the Pitzal Glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Austria’s highest cable car and visitor center was unveiled late last year, located at the very top of the Pitzal Glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
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Austria’s highest cable car and visitor center was unveiled late last year, located at the very top of the Pitzal Glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)

Perched atop of the Pitzal Glacier at an altitude of 3440 meters (11,286 ft.), the spectacular Wildspitzbahn became Austria's highest coffee destination when it opened its doors late last year. The visitor center designed by Austrian architectural firm Baumschlager Hutter features a free-suspension outdoor terrace to make the most of the breathtaking views across the surrounding Alps and is accessible by a new 61-gondola mono-cable ropeway.

Building atop of one of Europe’s most impressive alpine landscapes is always going to be challenging. Approximately €20 million (US$26.75 million) went into the 18 month-long project that saw workers facing icy and unpredictable weather conditions. Heavy steel and construction materials transporting had to be helicoptered to a base site before being brought to the summit via a cable pulley.

The 61 working gondolas transport a staggering 2185 visitors per hour over a distance of 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) and altitude of 600 meters (1968 ft) in only five minutes and 40 seconds. The 8-person gondolas also feature heated seating and enough space for users to carry their skis and snowboards with them, making getting in and out significantly easier.

Austria’s highest cable car and visitor center was unveiled late last year, located at the very top of the Pitzal Glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)
Austria’s highest cable car and visitor center was unveiled late last year, located at the very top of the Pitzal Glacier (Image: Pitztaler Gletscherbahn)

During the long winter season which extends from September to May, the Pitztal Glacier offers a total of 68 kilometers (42.25 miles) of impressive natural snow slopes, ranging between altitudes from 1,700 meters (5,577ft) to 3,440 meters (11,286ft).

The Wildspitzbahn cable car and complex is open all year round. Be sure to head to the gallery to check out the impressive facility and building process of the cable car.

Source: Pitztal Glacier, Baumschlager Hutter via Architizer

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dsiple
Why isn't there a video for this?