We went to Soll by coach and by ferry from Dover to Calais which took about 24 hours. Although the journey was long the scenery was a lot more pretty than it would have been if we had flown.
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The first stage gondola to the Hohe Salve summit takes you from Soell to Hochsoell. The gondola station is set back some 500m from the village centre on the opposite side of the main road. Use the road underpass to cross it safely. At Hochsoell there are many walking path around the meadows here, wood carvings and local farm industry to see.
Even just going for a ride is worth it for the views.
Hohe Salve new Gondola
The Hohe Salve summit is now more easily reached (and more comfortably if its wet and windy!) since a new eight-seater gondola, with a capacity of 1600 persons per hour opened in December 2000. This replaced the ancient one-seater chairlift, which rattled its way up to the top. Guess its better for the skiers in winter too!
Hohe Salve Old Chairlift
The summit of Hohe Salve is reached by a 2 stage cable car now - a gondola to Hochsoll and then another to Hohe Salve. This used to be a rattly old single chairlift - not for the faint-hearted!
Well I'm glad we had the opportunity to ride that "30 year old museum piece" on our first visit to this area several years ago - if you have a head for heights it was a great way to see the scenery without being closed in a box, certainly easier to take pics too! I shall miss it for one :-( I love riding all these chairlifts and gondolas.
The Hochbrixen gondola will be passed on the Panoramaweg to Hochsoell so if your feet are tired after 2 hours you can ride down to Brixen.
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