8 Scenic Gondola Rides for Top-Of-The-World Views in Tirol

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If your boots weren’t made for walking (up), scenic gondola rides open up high Alpine areas for effortless top-of-the-world views in the summer. Once you discover this unique mountain mode of travel, you’ll find a front row seat to view Mother Nature. Hop on board a summer gondola and soothe your senses while you soak in the surrounding vistas…

Hohe Salve, elev. 1,828 Metres

The gondola transports you from Hopfgarten to the top of Hohe Salve where your jaw will drop from stunning Alpine views.

Mountaintop Restaurant with top-of-the-world views, Photography: Hannes Dabernig

Mountaintop Restaurant with top-of-the-world views, Photography: Hannes Dabernig

 

Tiroler Zugspitze, elev. 2,962 Metres

Enjoy the panoramas of Tirol’s lofty mountains and the German foothills of the Alps with a scenic ten minute gondola ride: From Ehrwald, the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn Gondola will take you up the mountain side as you watch the skyline pass by.

Take the 3,600-metre ride up Zugspitze Peak and enjoy the views that can only be appreciated from Tiroler Zugspitzbahn Gondola, Photography: Tiroler Zugspitzbahn/Gaber

Take the 3,600-metre ride up Zugspitze Peak and enjoy the views that can only be appreciated from Tiroler Zugspitzbahn Gondola, Photography: Tiroler Zugspitzbahn/Gaber

 

Nordkette, elev. 2,256 Metres

Nordkette Funicular takes you from Tirol’s capital Innsbruck up Seegrube in a few minutes. Once there, hop on the second gondola and ride it to the top of Hafelekar, 2,256 metres above sea level. Year-round, Nordkette offers some of the country’s most spectacular views.

Halfway up, Seegrube will leave you breathless as you take in the awesome panoramic views of Innsbruck and the surrounding mountain scenery, Photography: TVB Innsbruck, Christof Lackner

Halfway up, Seegrube will leave you breathless as you take in the awesome panoramic views of Innsbruck and the surrounding mountain scenery, Photography: TVB Innsbruck, Christof Lackner

 

Hinterer Brunnenkogel, elev. 3,440 Metres

Take a scenic ride up the highest cable car in Austria and enjoy a 360 degree vista of Pitztal Glacier’s high altitude peaks while having a coffee at Café 3.440, situated at an elevation of 3,440 meters.

Have a coffee and savour views of over 50 spectacular "Three-Thousanders", high altitude peaks averaging 3,000 meters in elevation, Photography: Tirol Werbung, Verena Kathrein

Have a coffee and savour views of over 50 spectacular “Three-Thousanders”, high altitude peaks averaging 3,000 meters in elevation, Photography: Tirol Werbung, Verena Kathrein

 

Kitzbühel Horn, elev. 1,996 Metres

Enjoy a ride over meadows of wildflowers to the summit of Kitzbühel Horn. Passengers can load a gondola in either Kitzbühel, Oberndorf in Tirol or St. Johann in Tirol. The gondolas will as well operate for bike trail access as Kitzbühel Horn is a true haven for mountain bikers.

View from the top of Brunellenfeldbahn atop Kitzbühel Horn, Photography: Tirol Werbung, Michael Rathmayr

View from the top of Brunellenfeldbahn atop Kitzbühel Horn, Photography: Tirol Werbung, Michael Rathmayr

 

Cimaross, elev. 2,405 Metres

Enjoy a relaxing ride in two sections, taking you from Kals am Großglockner in East Tirol to the Adler Lounge. Once you reach the top you’ll find unparalleled views and a dining experience like no other at the fine dining restaurant.

Capture panoramic views from Adler Lounge in East Tirol, Photography: schultz-ski.at

Capture panoramic views from Adler Lounge in East Tirol, Photography: schultz-ski.at

 

Tiefenbachkogl, elev. 3,250 Metres

Called the BIG 3, Sölden Ski Resort offers no less than three “Three-Thousanders”, high altitude peaks averaging 3,000 metres in elevation, which are easily accessible by gondola. The outstanding viewing platform atop Tiefenbachkogel is accessed by a spectacular glass footbridge.

The spectacular mountaintop viewing platform atop Tiefenbachkogel in Sölden is jutting out over a heap of mountains for 60 incredible metres, Photography: Tirol Werbung, Bernhard Aichner

The spectacular mountaintop viewing platform atop Tiefenbachkogel in Sölden is jutting out over a heap of mountains for 60 incredible metres, Photography: Tirol Werbung, Bernhard Aichner

 

Venet, elev. 2,208 Metres

Get whisked away on a scenic eight minute ride up to the summit of Venet Mountain and breathtaking 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains.

Soak up the sun and scenery of the valley from the top of Venet, Photography: TVB Tirol West, Daniel Zangerl

Soak up the sun and scenery of the valley from the top of Venet, Photography: TVB Tirol West, Daniel Zangerl

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