How Do You Call it: Seilbahn or Cable Car?

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Seilbahn or Cable Car?

The English call it a cable car, the Americans say aerial tramway and the Japanese refer to it as the Ropeway. For the Germans, it’s Seilbahn.

The prototype of the Seilbahn or cable car was first built in 1644 basically to move soil to build defenses up in the hills. In the 1860s, it became the most efficient means to transport ore mined from high mountains to the lower ground levels in the mines of North and South America.

"The view from a Seilbahn or cable car in Oeztal Austria"

"A Seilbahn or cable car going up Bocksberg in the Harz region in Germany"

Then, the industrial revolution happened and gave rise of the middle class. It also heralded the birth of the leisure industry.

And the aerial tramway or the cable car as we know it today was born, transporting people to the heights and delights of the Alps in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Nowadays, those wishing to go hiking, biking, skiing or mountain climbing on the highest hills or mountains and even on the peaks of the alps take a Seilbahn or cable car as a means of transport to get them easily and comfortably up the highest slope.

"A German Seilbahn or cable car going up Bocksberg in the Harz region in Germany transporting mountain bikes"

"The new Seilbahn in Soelden Austria leading to Gaislachkogl"

"The view from the Seilbahn in Soelden Austria leading to Gaislachkogl"

The ski and chair lifts were introduced a bit later.

"Ski lifts in Oeztal Austria"


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