Glacial Aerial Tramway Kaprun III

Glacier Kaprun is the name of several cable cars in the Austrian town of Kaprun, the result of the Kitzsteinhorn. Operator is the glacier Kaprun AG, which was founded on August 1, 1963 Tauernkraftwerke AG, community Kaprun Salzburg and its environs, in order to expand the glacier to a year-round resort ( Alpine Centre Kaprun ).

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Table with ropeways (ski lifts not included) the GBK:

Gletscherbahn Kaprun 1

The Gletscherbahn Kaprun 1 is a running into three sections cable car, which went into operation on 12 December 1965. With the thus developed glaciers Schmiedingerkees and Maurerkees the Kitzsteinhorn glacier was the first ski resort in Austria.

Section 1 and 2

The cable car was put into operation on 12 December 1965. The lowest section of Kaprun is Thoerl to Salzburg hut had a length of 2028 meters with a height difference of 970 meters. In the Salzburg hut the second section of the cable car, which led past the Krefeld hut to alpine center began with a height difference of 554 meters.

The second section of the large cabins pendulum aerial tramway was replaced in 1990 by a new 4-seater chairlift ( Langwiedbahn ), the first section in 1991 with a new 8-seater cabins orbit (Panorama Bahn ).

Section 3

The Gletscherbahn Kaprun 3 which went into operation on November 26, 1966 third section of the cable car to the Kitzsteinhorn. It was built by the company Elin, Waagner -Biro and Swoboda and has been designed as a large cable car with two cabins (capacity 60 persons each ). It leads from the located on 2453 meters above sea level to the Station Alpin Center located at 3029 meters altitude station Kitzsteinhorn northwest ridge. The length of this path is 2208 meters, the maximum slope of 42%. The travel time is 8.5 minutes, and the maximum speed 36 km / h

The Gletscherbahn Kaprun 3 has two tension fields, divided by the highest cable car pylon in the world. This is a 113.6 meter high steel truss structure, which is founded on a square concrete block with 17 meters on a side, which is located on a rocky tooth. The structure consists of a central steel tube with a diameter of 2.2 meters, which houses a maintenance elevator and a fixed ladder. This tube is supported with eight parabolic steel bars with 500 mm diameter. These struts are all 10 meters connected to the central tube. The support was initially 103 meters high. Since then, she has twice been increased, first to 106.9 meters and 113.6 meters to eventually.

Gletscherbahn Kaprun 2

The Gletscherbahn Kaprun 2 (GBK 2) was a funicular railway, which went into operation on 23 March 1974 after about 2 ½ - year construction period. This railway had the unusual track gauge of 946 millimeters and has a length of 3900 meters, of which 3300 meters are in the tunnel. The first 600 m run over a bridge.

1994 Zugaufbauten the funicular GBK 2 were replaced and modernized. The two trains carried the name " dragon glacier " and " Kitzsteingams ". With a train were 180 passengers in about 8 ½ minutes from the valley station of the Alpin Center (47 ° 12 ' 31 " N, 12 ° 41' 20" O47.20861111111112.688888888889Koordinaten: 47 ° 12 ' 31 " N, 12 ° 41' 20" O) are transported. The Alpine Center is located at an altitude of 2,450 m. The top speed of 10m / s The guide track funicular was single track. Only at the middle station of the funicular railway the trains on two tracks past each other. The middle station of the funicular railway was also reached on skis. Below the Salzburg ski hut which ended in front of a tunnel that you could drive on down to the middle station with skis. With the closure of the funicular ended the possibility of navigation of the tunnel.

When fire disaster Kaprun glacier funicular 2 came with this car at November 11, 2000 155 of the 207 passengers from smoke poisoning to death. A total of 155 people, including the train driver and a tourist in return and three people on the mountain station also died by smoke inhalation. The tunnel was renovated and then tightly closed. The train will probably never be opened again or put into service.

Gletscherjet 1 and 2

On 23 December 2001 the Gletscherjet 1, a two-cable orbit, and the Gletscherjet 2, a gondola opened on 19 October 2002. Both tracks serve as a substitute for the Kaprun funicular your second route runs parallel to the sections 1 and 2 of the Kaprun glacier railway 1


The crystal web, a detachable, heated 6-seater chairlift with new pipeline route replaces the Krefeld Hüttenlift at Kitzsteinhorn in Austria.


  • Valley station: 2260 m
  • Mountain station: 2671 m
  • Difference in altitude: 412 m
  • Travel Distance: 1820 m
  • Driving speed: 5 m / s (18 km / h)


Even if the Kitzsteinhorn is basically a year-round ski, had due to climate change for the first time in 1986, the ski operations during a hot summer for several weeks can be set. Since 1999 can also be found on the Kitzsteinhorn Snow cannons that particular snow for the area between the Alpine Center and the lower edge of the glacier. In 2004, films were launched against snow melt for the first time.