The Hartkaiser cable railway is one of the quickest and most modern mountain railways in Austria. It operates from May 25th. until October 21st. from 9.00 to 17.30. Tickets cost adult return 11.50 euros children 6.50 euros - single trip up adult 9.50 child 5.00 much cheaper coming down at 5.50 adult and 3.50 for children - frequency is every half hour. Don't make the mistake of thinking you can use your ticket again - we met a couple who went up to the mountain but didn't stay long - then thought they could have a return journey and please when you enter the waiting room don't take a seat far from the doors - this place fills up quickly and no one cares who was here first. Oh and BTW don't expect a seat unless you like pushing people you may have to stand as we did on the return journey - I loved coming down the mountain but unfortunately Kenny hated this.
If you are staying in any of the villages in the Going Valley your guest card allows you free transport on the Kaisejet buses. The bus timetable is subject to change but they run roughly around every hour and a half. If you feel lazy you can catch this bus from the band stand in the village to connect with the cable railway. We only used the bus for a return journey to Scheffau - it was far too hot to walk and the little journey by bus made it much more comfortable for us. I was most surprised to see seat belts are not compulsory for drivers or passengers and double shock the driver was using his mobil phone while driving
The free bus service runs from 26th. May until 21st. October
We had to travel from Aberdeen to Newcastle a long drive through the rain of five hours. It was dawn when we arrived - parked the car in the long stay car park at a whopping cost before boarding the flight. The flight itself was uneventful - breakfast was served and the remaining flying time of about two hours passed very quickly as we both fell sound asleep = what better way to travel! I did wake up to take some pictures on a glorious day of Europe from on high.
If you want to try out all these gondolas and funiculars then the hiking pass is excellent value and you'll probably get your moneys worth in just 3 days. 7 or 14 day hiking pass are available in the summer (May - Oct) Valid on all operating lifts and cableways in the Wilder Kaiser-Brixental sports & adventure resort in the villages of Going, Ellmau, Scheffau, Soll, Itter, Hopfgarten, Kelchsau, Westendorf, and Brixen im Thale. Passport pics are no longer needed for this card - they take digital ones of you now which goes is embedded in the pass. A deposit is also required - only 2 euros each - and can be refunded when pass is returned upon its expiry.
The passes are available from the tourist office or any of the participating cable-car or funicular stations.
Current Prices 2006:
BergWelt Lift Pass:
3-day pass: adults EUR27, children EUR13.5
7-day pass: adults EUR39, children EUR19.5
14-day pass: adults EUR53, children EUR26.5
3-in-7 days pass for Hartkaiserbahn and Astberglift:
Adults Euro 29.5 / children Euro 14.8
Scared of gondolas and not too good on your feet? Then enjoy the scenery the lazy way by taking a horse and carriage ride around the town. In winter this probably convverts to a sledge ride in the snow.
The Hartkaiserbahn is Austria's fastest funicular. Within 4 minutes you reach the Hartkaiser mountain (1,550 m), overlooking the stunning Alpine scenery to the Grossglockner mountain range.
It operates daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, uphill rides in 30 minute-intervals giving access to the high pasture alms and the starting point for many hikes.
Just set back from main road between Ellmau and Scheffau is the Brandstadlbahn Lift which takes you up the effortless way to a height of 1650m. Hiking options galore up here and mountain bikes can also be taken up if you want a more bumpier ride down!
The panoramic walk between the top station and that of the Hartkaisebahn is only an hours walk and gives wonderful views of the Wilder Kaiser range opposite.
Ride the gondola just outside of Ellmau - in Goiing It lifts you above the clouds to see wonderful views of the Wilder Kaiser.
Its almost like a chairlift - but a 4-seater one and it has a canopy you can pull over if its raining or push back so you can enjoy the sunshine.