Feuerkogel cable car

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The Feuerkogelseilbahn is a cable car in Upper Austria that goes from Ebensee to the Feuerkogel  1592  m above sea level. A. leads.



The Kommerzialrat Rudolf Ippisch was responsible for the construction of the Feuerkogel cable car . Ippisch had been trying to implement his cable car project since 1919. However, numerous negotiations to finance the project failed and so it was not until November 9, 1925 that the construction contract could be awarded to Adolf Bleichert & Co. , the leading company in cable car construction at the time . Construction finally began on March 28, 1926. In order to be able to build the cable car, a material cable car had to be built beforehand. After the workers went on strike, construction was continued with the help of two mules and the material ropeway was finally put into operation on August 10, 1926. Then the construction of the mountain station as well as the support I on the Salcherriegel and the supports II and III on the Gamskogel could begin. Pulling up the suspension cable for the passenger railway was also a major challenge. Not only was the transport extremely difficult, but around 90 men were required to pull the suspension cables and took six weeks.

After almost one and a half years of construction, the cable car was opened on June 26, 1927 in the presence of Federal President Michael Hainisch . Due to the delays in the course of the financing negotiations, the cable car was the third of its kind in Austria after the Rax cable car and the Tyrolean Zugspitz cable car . The cable car was built by Traunsee-Schifffahrt und Seilschwebebahn Rudolf Ippisch und Co. KG. Since 1984 the cable car has been owned by Traunsee Touristik GmbH Nfg. & Co KG, which is 100% owned by the state of Upper Austria (via OÖ Seilbahnholding ).

The capacity at the opening was 16 people; Both cars were registered for 18 people in 1930. In the first year already, over 20,000 people were transported to the Feuerkogel. In 1946 two new cars were purchased that could hold 25 people. In 1955 the drive power was increased so that a driving speed of 6.2 m / s could be achieved. In 1985 the cable car was extensively renovated. A groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 7, 1985 to mark this occasion. The cable car went back into operation on December 28, 1985, since then it has carried 37 people and reaches a speed of 12 m / s. The new cabins on the Feuerkogel cable car should go into operation from winter 2018/19.

On September 23, 1963, three locations in the Ebensee area were selected for bomb attacks by Italian extremists. The bomb on a gondola of the Feuerkogel cable car was found and defused in good time by an attentive gondola guide. All passengers (students) were unharmed. A container in the Ebensee salt works and the “ lion monument ” on the Traunsee were blown up by bombs. A federal gendarmerie officer was killed at the salt works, and three were injured. The attacks in the Salzkammergut can be attributed to the then current "South Tyrolean conflict".

In 1968 the Feuerkogelseilbahn was the filming location for parts of the film Agents Die Lonely , with actors Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood , among others .

Technical specifications

The Feuerkogel cable car leaves the valley station
Gondola just before the mountain station. Right behind the gondola the Grünberg
Elevation valley station 475 m
Mountain station above sea level 1584 m
Height difference 1109 m
length 2693 m
Longest stretch without a support 1400 m
Capacity per cabin 37 people
Delivery rate 377 people / hour
Top speed 12 m / s
Travel time 5.5 min

Winter sports

The Feuerkogel cable car enables you to ascend the Feuerkogel ski area with several lifts, around twelve kilometers of slope length and a six kilometer long, unprepared descent to the valley station of the cable car. The mountain station is also the starting point for snowshoe hikes and numerous routes for ski tours .

Summer sports

In summer, the Feuerkogel cable car offers paragliders and hang-gliders the opportunity to climb up to a launch pad on the Feuerkogel. In addition, the mountain station is the starting point for hiking trails of approx. 50 km in length, which lead over the entire Höllengebirge . It is also possible to cycle up to the starting point of the 5,600 m long downhill route .


  • Josef Jebinger, The Traunsee. In its history, poetry and legend, its shipping and the Feuerkogel cable car . Gmunden 1967
  • Theodor Brieger, Traunsee, Höllengebirge and Feuerkogel cable car . Catfish 1948
  • Wolfgang Ebner, The Traunsee with its shipping and its surroundings . Gmunden 2009

Web links

Commons : Feuerkogelseilbahn  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files


  1. ^ Company Traunsee Touristik GmbH Nfg. & Co KG . Commercial register data Creditreform / firmenabc.at.
  2. Municipality of Ebensee: Chronicle ( Memento of the original from November 2, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (ebensee.at; PDF, 644 kB); Retrieved Oct. 30, 2013.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.ebensee.at
  3. New cabins for Feuerkogelseilbah on ORF Upper Austria from November 13, 2018, accessed on November 13, 2018
  4. 45 years ago three bomb attacks hit Ebensee. (No longer available online.) Ebensee market town office, September 23, 2008, archived from the original on November 17, 2015 ; accessed on November 6, 2015 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.ebensee.at

Coordinates: 47 ° 48 ′ 49 "  N , 13 ° 44 ′ 23"  E