Grindelwald-Männlichen gondola replacement opens mid-December

11th October 2019, by Chris Gill

It's a huge project, with two big lifts

It's a huge project, with two big lifts

The interminable gondola ride from Grindelwald to Männlichen, the low peak shared with Wengen, is no more. The 50-year-old, 4-seat, two-stage lift is at last being replaced by a state-of-the-art gondola cutting the journey time from about 30 to 19 minutes, and shifting twice as many people per hour.

The new 6km-long lift is part of a giant project also involving an even longer, faster, higher-capacity gondola/cable car hybrid from Grindelwald to Eigergletscher, above Kleine Scheidegg, where it will link with the Jungfrau railway up to the highest railway station in Europe. This is planned to open in late 2020.

The Männlichen lift is due to open on 14 December, although if you check out the webcams at the project website you might think there’s an awful lot left to do.

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