Switzerland Tourism has announced the opening of the world’s highest cableway at 3,821m asl in Zermatt, featuring 250,000 Swarovski Crystals and the country’s very first see-through floor feature.
Officially opened over the weekend on 29 September and after 2.5 years of construction, the service will no doubt be a star attraction for the coming winter season commencing 24 November 2018. Up to 2,000 passengers an hour will be transported up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise on Klein Matterhorn in a mere nine scenic minutes, seeing an end to the previous long waiting time.
Out of the 25 gondolas, four are encrusted in 250,000 Swarovski crystals that will sparkle in the sunlight and the floors will turn from opaque to clear three minutes into the journey, revealing the dramatic and rugged scenery 200m below. Not for the faint hearted, the effect is made possible by an active laminate glass sheet powered by electricity, which turns the milky white floor to transparent within seconds.
Every gondola has 28 comfortable and spacious seats finished in the finest materials including leather and Alcantara. Only four special gondolas will feature the added crystal embellishment and the added thrill of the see-through floors.
Swiss Travel Pass holders will enjoy 50% off Zermatt’s cable car rides up to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and the Gornergrat.
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