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“great way to get up the mountain”

Hungerburg Funicular
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Cable Car Round-Trip from Innsbruck to Hungerburg
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Private Tour: Innsbruck and Swarovski Crystal Worlds from Salzburg
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Cable Car Round-Trip from Innsbruck to Hafelekar
Ranked #2 of 98 things to do in Innsbruck
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Owner description: A new way to climb a mountain: not far from Innsbruck’s famed “Goldenes Dachl”, an amorphous ice formation glitters in the sun. Upon closer inspection, however, it reveals itself as the lower terminus of the Hungerburgbahn hybrid funicular railway, whose striking appearance sprung from the imagination of star architect Zaha Hadid.
Reviewed January 6, 2013

Easy way to get up the mountain and enjoy great views at the same time. Always on time and clean cars to travell in.

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

The funicular leaves the congress centre on a fairly regular basis. I think it's every 15 minutes. The Congress station, from where you catch the funicular, is only a stonesthrow from the old town centre. First you get the funicular as far as Hungerburg, a small town up on the side of the mountain, just above Innsbruck. Then, once you get to Hungerburg, you can continue on up to the top of the Alps, on a cable cart, to Hafelekar Station. The nearby cable-cart station in Hungerburg is just a few steps away from the funicular station. The last cable cart departs from the top of the mountain (Hefekelar station) at 5pm in winter, and 7pm in summer. From Hungerburg, the last funicular leaves at 7pm winter, 9pm summer. So if you are planning on making the trip at the end of the day, it's best to go immediately all the way to the top first.

Once at the top, you are greeted by Alpine Choughs, Snow buntings, etc. Great to see an otherwise inaccessible birdlife here. Some of the views are great. Winter, in my opinion, gives the best views. If you want to see Innsbruck from the top, it's best to wait for a clear day. But personally, I like to go up above the clouds and feel I am on top of the world. There is a café at the top too. Watching the sun set is lovely and peaceful too.

The main problem here is how expensive the tickets are to get to the top. It is around €30 each. Sometimes you can get 5% discounts at hotels, tourist offices, etc. So, whether it is worth the money or not is another thing. For me, although it involved both my hobbies - birdwatching and photography - I find it was still a bit pricey. It's more wroth about €15 each. So unless you are flash with money, I don't think you'll be missing too much. Besides my best photos are all from the town, not the top. But Austria is so expensive anyway.

15  Thank SciobolUlchabhan
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We had a clear day in December last year when we went straight up the cable car to the top. The view was spectacular - white snow, blue sky and a perfect panorama. Pick your day otherwise you end up in the clouds!

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

The railway has been moved closer to the town and now stops by the Congress. The funicular starts underground and rises to follow the river Inn until Lowenhaus ORF were it crosses the river to climb up to the halfway station at Hungerburg. From here you have wonderful views over the river and the town of Innsbruck. You have 4 choices here, either take the cable car to the top of the mountain, catch a bus down, walk down or return on the Hungerburgbahn. The last two options give you the chance to visit the Alpine Zoo halfway down the Mountain. Tickets for the railway are available at the information offices in Innsbruck, or the ticket office at congress all other stations have ticket machines that take credit/debit cards. you can take all day or a few hours but take warm clothing and a bit of food althou the cafe at the Hungerburg station is very good.

4  Thank David T
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

Awesome little train that gets you up to the mountains, a wee bit expensive though. Great views when you get to the top via 2 cable cars.

Thank Markymoke
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