Bezau cable car

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Coordinates: 47 ° 23 '7.8 "  N , 9 ° 55' 14.3"  E

New Bezau cable car (2011)

The Bezau cable car is a cable car in Bezau in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg . Your valley station, about 1½ km from the town center, is located at 680  m above sea level. A. The cable car leads over the Sonderdach middle station ( 1200  m above sea level ) to the Baumgarten mountain station at 1630  m above sea level. A. to the municipality of Andelsbuch . The owner is the Bezau GmbH & Co KG cable car , in which the market town of Bezau has a financial stake.

The cable car system operates an average of 310 days a year. The majority of the passengers are transported in the summer months, with a particularly large number of paragliders being transported to the Baumgartenhöhe take -off point due to the stable thermals on the "Niedere" ridge .


Old cable car

The first section of the Bezau cable car (special roof lift I) was opened in 1955. This led from Bezau to the hamlet of Sonderdach (see also Toni Innauer's parents' house ). In 1960 the second section (Sonderdachbahn II) was opened from the hamlet Sonderdach to Baumgartnerhöhe. Both sections were designed as aerial tramways .

Technical data of the old system

Data Special roofing membrane I Special roof membrane II
Construction year 1955 1960
opening December 25, 1955 January 24, 1960
Height of the valley station 680 1169
Height of mountain station 1169 1574
Height difference 489 405
Horizontal length 1170 m 734 m
Inclined length 1270 m 836 m
Greatest inclination 65% 58%
People per cabin 8th 6th
highest driving speed 6 m / s 4 m / s
maximum delivery rate 97 people 70 people

The drive for the train was located in the valley station (Bezau or special roof). It was a matter of controllable three-phase drives ( slip ring motor ). The power was originally adjusted manually by the machinist via electrical load resistors to the respective load situation and driving speed.

New building

First trip in the morning (inspection trip)
Mountain station in the fog

The Bezau cable car was comprehensively renewed in 2010 after many years of discussion and preparation. The new cable car now offers space for 60 people. The system was changed from a cable car with two cabins to the " Funifor " system from Doppelmayr with one cab. The new cable car in Bezau based on this "Funifor" system is the first of its kind in Austria.

The Baumgarten mountain station was rebuilt and a panorama restaurant was added.

Reasons for the conversion

The original license for the cable car would have expired in 2014 and the new license would have required considerable investments in technology. For years, the transport capacity of both sections has been considered insufficient to meet the number of passengers.

With the new cable car, a higher transport capacity was achieved and both summer operations (hiking, paragliding) and winter operations are to be strengthened (the Andelsbuch / Niedere ski area is to be better connected - increasing its attractiveness).

Technical data of the new system

The height difference of 930 meters is overcome using a single-lane aerial tramway over an inclined length of 2170 meters. In around 2,000 operating hours a year, at a maximum speed of 12 m / s, around 120,000 people are to be transported, with the maximum transport capacity being 345 people per hour.

Up to 60 people (plus one additional operator) or 4575 kilograms can be transported in the cabin. In the middle of the cable car there is an intermediate station (middle station Sonderdach) for people to get on and off.

By converting the system, the total capacity of the system's conveying capacity was more than doubled compared to the first two systems.

Web links

Commons : Seilbahn Bezau  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. Winter operation approx. 100 days, summer operation approx. 210 days.
  2. Advantages of the Funifor system in Bezau are: 1) wide rope track, 2) resulting in extreme wind stability, 3) compact, flat station structures were made possible.
  3. This was done, among other things, to ensure stable operation, as the Funifor system is particularly wind and storm-proof.
  4. Opening on December 19, 2010.
  5. Technical data at the mountain station
  6. According to information from Doppelmayr, all Funifor systems, with the exception of the one in Bezau, have been built as two independent parallel tracks.