Up the Mountains, Innsbruck
The Hungerburg Funicular was built once the area known as Hungerburg became populated in the 19th century. Back then, it was wooden coaches with an iron undercarriage and five compartments. The Hungerburg funicular could transport 300 people every hour.
In January 1907, the “local railway company” of the city Innsbruck acquired the Hungerburg. Reconstruction took place and in 1954, the new valley station of the Hungerburg funicular was built. Still, there was more general reconstruction right up until 1982. In 2005 the heritage-protected Hungerburg funicular was suspended.
A new era was beginning with Innsbruck Nordkette cableways. So, it was on the very modern funicular in my photo, that we went up the mountain side and alighted at the Alpen Zoo stop.
For a while we travelled in a tunnel and then we come out in the open and had wonderful views over Innsbruck and surrounds.
TO CATCH THE FUNICULAR FROM INNSBRUCK.
The funicular is beside the Innsbruck congress center. The stations are unique and modern!
The Alpenzoo "Combi ticket" entitles you to one return trip with the Hungerburgbahn to the Alpenzoo, including entrance at the zoo.
PRICE IN 2014 Adults: € 11,- / Children: € 5,50
Free parking at the congress and city garage from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Congress-Löwenhaus - Alpenzoo-Hungerburg
weekdays 7.15 a.m. - 7.15 p.m.
weekend + holidays 8.00 a.m. - 7.15 p.m.
ONE FREE RIDE UP AND DOWN WITH INNSBRUCK CARD
If you fancy climbing a mountain but the physical climb is the problem, you should take a combination of the Hungerburgbahn and cable cars up to the Hafelekar. For EUR 24 return, you will enjoy a three stage journey - firstly on the Hungerburgbahn which has reopened after being redesigned by star architect Zaha Hadid, and then by two large cable cars to Seegrube (ca. 1900m above sea level) and Hafelekar (ca. 2250m above sea level). From the top station there is a vertical ascent of about 150m to the summit of the Hafelekarspitze - it can be done with sturdy footwear even when there is a lot of snow (I walked through knee high snow in April 2008 to do it!). The Hungerburgbahn operates between 8:00 and 19:30 with the two cable cables running between approx. 9:00 and 17:00. Seegrube is also home to the highest fan mile for Euro 2008 - at over a mile above sea level.
Take the funicular - it's FUN! The Hungerburgbahn will take you a little way up the hill to the Alpenzoo, or further up to the village of Hungerburg. From there you can catch the cable car for the next leg of the trip up the mountain. (You could stroll around Hungerburg, but why stop there when there is more beauty a little further on?)
Not for those with a fear of heights. This is the second leg of the "journey" up to Hafelekarspitze. For people from Kansas, cable cars like this are pretty scary things.