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UBS Polybahn

Limmatquai 144, Zurich, Switzerland (Hochschulen)
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Ranked #15 of 78 attractions in Zurich
Type: Transportation
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

A historic icon of Zurich connecting the lake-level street with the ETH university main administration in a lovingly restored cable car makes the ride up the hill into an effortless and very pleasant experience.

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Vienna, Austria
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I didnt have any idea what was it, but after joining a free walk tour around zurich i learned out that i can also go up the hill using this kind of transport (just use your normal ticket). It is only 1 minute up the hill. Full of students. But a lot of fun! Just do it!

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Patras, Greece
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Visited it for one reason : in last frames of one old (1985) Polish movie (Vabank-2 or Czyli Riposta) the two main characters Henryk Kwinto (Jan Machulski) and Jerzy Józef Duńczyk (Witold Pyrkosz) were riding this red PolyBahn cab after cashing their cheque in National Bank of Switzerland. After a very short trip uphill you get out near Zurich Polytech... More

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Wodonga, Australia
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21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

It's a funny little thing - perhaps you could call it the most expensive lift in the world. We took it to get from town to ETH, it seemed to be full all the time so perhaps a good alternative to taking the stairs, but next time I'd rather walk. Interesting attraction though!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

In my opinion the Polybahn isn't an attraction in itself, but it sure is the nicest and shortest way to get from the station "Central" to the terrace of the Federal Polytechnical Institute (look it up, because this, in turn, IS something very worth visiting!).

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Singapore, Singapore
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

The ride is modern and clean, and doesn't cost anything if you already have the ticket for zone 110. No waiting, and photo ops at the top. Why not?

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London, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

I like to travel on funiculars and this is worth a trip. Although the trip only takes about 3 minutes it is a good way to get to the university and there is a good view once you get there.

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

This is a great little nostalgic tram that will take you from the Limmattquai up a hill really close to ETH and the University of Zurich. I highly recommend this three minute ride up hill because from the top you will have absolutely magnificent views of Zurich and the Limmatt River. I was able to get terrific panoramic photos on... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The Polybahn is a three minutes walk from the main station and brings you up to the university area. frequently used by many students. it saves a couple of hundred steps steeply upstairs. The automatic little train is very new which is sad because the old wooden coaches were beautiful nostalgic relicts. but you can still enjoy the old station... More

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Woking, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Cannot believe that UBS Polybahn starts from an ordinary building. Went on it after 9am with all the university students only a five minutes to the university. The journey was short however it was something very different. I HAVE NOT SEEN IT BEFORE.

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