It’s exhilarating, that top-of-the-world feeling you get as you float through the thin air, dangling from nothing but a swaying wire strung to the top of a mountain. The ride may last only five minutes, but on the world’s best cable cars, the views high above fjords, glaciers and iconic city landmarks are worth every penny. Here are 10 incredible cable car experiences, along with tips for making the most of your time at the summit.
Opened in May 2017, the new Loen Skylift in the heart of Fjord Norway is being billed as the world’s steepest aerial tram. The cable car ascends almost completely vertically up 3,300 feet from the village of Loen and along the sheer face of Mount Hoven to the top. It’s a stunning five-minute ride. “The view is breathtaking, with beautiful fjords in all directions, spectacular mountains and the Jostedalsbreen Glacier as a backdrop,” says Kristian Jorgensen, director of Fjord Norway.
At the top: Dine at the edge of the cliff in a restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows. At the top you can also access several miles of hiking trails that become routes for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ski touring in winter. Book a guide through Loen Active and trek from the base to the top on the popular Via Ferrata Loen route, which crosses a dizzyingly high suspension bridge barely wide enough for you and your backpack.
For a wind-in-your-hair experience, head to Switzerland’s Cabrio cable car. Like a convertible car or an open-air, double-decker bus, Cabrio carries you up Mount Stanserhorn high above the sparkling Lake Lucerne in six minutes. The roofless upper deck, with room for 30 people, is ideal for taking in the fresh mountain air and snapping photos without a glass barrier. Getting to the top is a two-step process. The journey begins with a funicular…