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A funicular is a type of self-contained cable railway in which a cable attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles on rails moves them up and down a very steep slope, the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalancing each other.

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  • Budapest
  • Graz: Schlossbergbahn - built 1894
  • Greater Blue Mountains
  • Guanajuato
  • Hallstatt-Dachstein: A funicular connects Hallstatt with the salt mine above the town
  • Ironbridge Gorge: Hay Inclined Plane ("It can be considered a specialised type of funicular railway") Link
  • Kii Mountain Range
  • Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces: Lavaux - funiculaire Vevey - Chardonne - Mont Pèlerin Link
  • Lyon
  • Old City of Berne: Marzilibahn, built in 1885  Link
  • Oporto
  • Prague
  • Québec
  • Salzburg: Reisszug: "The Reiszug is a private funicular railway providing goods access to the Hohensalzburg Castle at Salzburg in Austria. It is notable for its extreme age, as it is believed to date back to either 1495 or 1504. The line was first documented in 1515 by Cardinal Matthäus Lang, who would later become Archbishop of Salzburg. These dates make it the oldest known funicular in the world, and possibly the oldest existing railway". (Wiki); Festungbahn: "The Festungsbahn is a funicular railway providing public access to the Hohensalzburg Castle at Salzburg in Austria. It links the castle with Festungsgasse, under the north side of the castle walls. The Festungsbahn opened in 1892 . . . " (Wiki)
  • Skocjan Caves: Gets you up from the exit of the caves to the visitor center
  • Valparaiso
  • Vilnius: Funicular up Gedminas Hill (site of Gedminas tower - only surviving part of the Upper Castle), built in 2003 Link


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