10 nerve-jangling cable car rides that offer thrills, spectacular views and a completely unforgettable way of getting from Point A to B
Cable cars leaving the world's biggest and strangest station (Ba Na Hills Cable Car)
Connecting the foot of Ba Na Mountain with the peak of neighbouring Vong Nguyet, it also holds the record for the world's largest departure station, built, bizarrely, in the style of a French chateau.
Stanserhorn Cabrio viewing deck (Dreamstime)
Each cabin carries 60 people – 30 on top and 30 inside – and unlike most cabriolets, there's no retractable canvas roof. If it rains, you're just going to get wet. But nothing beats the feeling of fresh air.
Skyline Gondola. One bike at a time (Dreamstime)
The Southern Hemisphere's steepest gondola, the Skyline in Queenstown has been ferrying mountain bikers and their bikes to the mountain bike trail on Bob's Peak since 2011, making it the world's first gondala bike lift.
It's a fine way to get epic views of Queenstown and the fabulous biking area of Rotorua.
Heading up Table Mountain (Table Mountain Aerial Cableway)
One of only three rotating cable cars in the world, the Table Mountain Ariel Cableway arguably dishes up the best view: out across Lion Peak and Cape Town to Robben Island, famous for the prison former South African president Nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 years.
Keep a close eye on the craggy cliff faces too. Chances are that you'll spot a furry little rock hyrax, soaking up the southern African sun.
The 4.4-kilometre long Peak2peak Gondola, in the southern reaches of Canada's Coast Mountains, is a cable car of superlatives.
It's the only cable car in the world that connects two mountain peaks: Whistler and Blackcomb. It's got the longest free span between ropeway towers (3.03 kilometres) and the highest point above the ground (436 metres).
It's illegal to base jump from it, but that hasn't stopped any number of daredevils from trying.
Cable cars high over La Paz (Dreamstime)
The 11-kilometre-long gondola cut commute times for local workers saved the labouring lungs of tourists in the world's highest city (though not the world's highest capital, as many people wrongly refer to it as).
Off to see the Buddha (Dreamstime)
Passengers have the choice of two classes: standard or first class. First class cabins have glass floors for stomach-in-mouth views to the ground far below.
High over the old city of Dubrovnik (Dreamstime)
It's not the longest, the highest or the steepest cable car in the world. But the view as this cable car climbs its way to the top of Srd Hill is arguably one of the best.
The craggy cliffs of Chino Canyon (Dreamstime)
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating gondola and offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park as it travels over three kilometres through the cliffs of Chino Canyon.
If you're feeling energetic once you reach the Mountain Station, over 80 kilometres of hiking trails await (or you can always take the cable car back down instead).
High above the 99 Bends Road (Dreamstime)
The cable car in China's spectacular Tianmen Mountains is the longest in the world, taking 30 minutes to travel seven kilometres and to tackle a 37-degree incline, all while hanging precariously over the 99 Bends Road.
Main image: Peak2peak crossing paths between peaks in the Canadian Rockies (Dreamstime)
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