Inside the modern Fløibanen of Bergen
· The Fløibanen of Bergen, Norway
It's been around since 1918 but, as one of the most visited attractions in all of Norway, the Fløibanen updates its trains every couple decades. It's definitely the most modern of the funiculars we've been on, with one of the best views.
80 NOK roundtrip ($14)
· The Piazza Cahen funiculare of Orvieto, Italy
Taking a daytrip to the Umbrian town of Orvieto from Florence or Rome is quite tempting, especially as being there focuses around the consumption of cheese and Orvieto Classico white wine. You'll need two train to reach all that, however; there's a train to Orvieto FS station and, then, across the street, the funicular to the town proper, which sits atop a volcanic butte.
€1 each way
· The Cerro San Cristóbal Funicular of Santiago, Chile
Feeling a little more like an amusement park ride owing to its location next to Santiago's city zoo, the funicular climbs San Cristóbal mountain for a view above the entire city, to the snow-capped Andes peaks.
1600 Chilean pesos roundtrip ($3.33)
· The Festungsbahn of Salzburg, Austria
Of all funiculars listed here, we believe the Festungsbahn has the quickest ride at only 1 minute. Its purpose is to allow tourists easy access to the Hohensalzburg Castle atop one of Salzburg's hills. Still, what it lacks in track it makes up for in history; the funicular held its grand opening way back in 1892. The castle actually has two funiculars including the privately operates Reisszug, which dates back to 1495 or 1504.
· The Hong Kong Peak Tram
If you come to Hong Kong and you don't take the Peak Tram, then you flat-out missed out. Not only is it breathtaking the entire way up, but there's a mall at the top! And hiking trails! And a view down on Hong Kong that'll make you reconsider everything in your life. We kind of envy people who live off one of the Tram's intermediate stops.
40 HKD roundtrip ($5.16)
· The Rigiblick of Zürich, Switzerland
"Rigiblick" can be roughly translated to mean a view of Mt. Rigi, one of the Alps that forms Zurich's dramatic backdrop. The Rigiblick, opened in 1908, travels up Zürichberg hill to reach a lovely little neighborhood (but also killer views of the mountain for which it's named).
4.10 CHF one-way ($4.40)
· The Montmartre funiculaire of Paris, France
One could easily dismiss this funicular because it's mostly packed of lazy tourists who aren't so much interested in all the steps it takes to reach the Sacré-Cœur basilica. If you take it up, at least walk back down; the funicular cars travel right alongside the stairs.
€1.70 for a single journey "t" ticket
[Photos: Jaunted & Mary.Do]