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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Bom Jesus do Monte The funicular railway was completed in 1882, ..., providing an alternative access up the mount. (AB ev)
Graz Schlossbergbahn - built 1894
Great Spa Towns of Europe Infrastructure such as funiculars (for example at Bad Ems, Karlovy Vary and Montecatini Terme) facilitated access to lookout towers, restaurants and specific features of interest (AB ev)
Greater Blue Mountains Katoomba Scenic Railway
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")
Kii Mountain Range
Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces Lavaux - funiculaire Vevey - Chardonne - Mont Pèlerin
Old City of Berne Marzilibahn, built in 1885
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
Vilnius Funicular up Gedminas Hill (site of Gedminas tower - only surviving part of the Upper Castle), built in 2003


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