Taking a ride on the Mendelbahn funicular from Caldaro/Kaltern to the Mendel Pass (1,363 m) is a very special experience. With gradients of up to 64%, the trip up the mountainside takes you up to a dizzying height in just 12 minutes. When it was first opened in 1903, this amazing technical masterpiece was considered to be not only Austria’s first electric cable car, but the steepest in Europe.
Hiking with a view of the horizon
Once at the pass, visitors are enthralled by the breathtaking views of the South Tyrolean Unterland, Kalterer See lake and the Dolomites. It is also the starting point for walks and hikes of varying degrees of difficulty to Roen, Termeno’s local mountain, or towards the Penegal and Gantkofel mountains.
The Mendel Pass links Überetsch in South Tyrol with Nonstal in Italy, and is a popular excursion destination and spa town. In summer, it offers a welcome escape from the hot air in the valley, and the chance to breathe wonderfully fresh mountain air high above the South Tyrolean Unterland. Mendel has long been the summer resort of choice for many famous personalities. Among the cable car’s most famous guests are Emperor Franz Josef, Empress Sissi and Karl May, a well-known author of German children’s books.
A technical masterpiece on the mountainside
The Mendelbahn funicular was built by the Swiss engineer Emil Strub. Between the valley and mountain station, the route overcomes a difference in altitude of 854 metres over a distance of 2.4 km. It is still considered an outstanding technical masterpiece. A trip on the modern cable car with a glass panorama roof remains an unforgettable experience.
Today, the funicular offers between 30 and 35 return journeys daily, on average every 20 minutes from Caldaro/Kaltern and the Mendel Pass (see the timetable for the exact departure times .)
There are direct bus connections from/to Bolzano/Bozen.
The most important thing to know
From 7.13am to 8.13pm everyday
Return: € 10
Single: € 6
Children under 6: free
The transport of dogs is admitted on the Mendel Cable Car. For small-size dogs there is no fee to pay. For dogs taller than 50 cm and longer than 70 cm you must pay the regular ticket price and it is obligatory to use a muzzle.