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These are a Few of My Favorite Funiculars

October 24, 2012 at 7:52 PM | by | ()

An example of a historical funicular: Budapest's Budvari Siklo

How many ways to climb a hill or mountain can you name? Cable car. Donkey. Hiking on foot. Helicopter. Cogwheel train. Funicular. Let's focus on that last one for a moment, as funicular/funiculaire/funicolare railways prove intriguing to travelers for both their historical significance (funicular installations hit their peak in the early 1900s) and the awesome views they offer.

Though you'll find funiculars all over the world, Europe is undoubtably the capital. The Reisszug in Austria was not only the first funicular, built in the early 16th century, but it's also the oldest railway (period). In any case, we play favorites when it comes to funiculars. Here's a few we've been on and loved:

· The Budvari Siklo of Budapest, Hungary
An excellent example of an older, ornate funicular that's been kept alive. Simply put, it's gorgeous (and see so for yourself in the image above).The Siklo puts people up on Buda Hill with its crazy view of the city.
1500 HUF roundtrip ($7)

· The Città Alta funiculare of Bergamo, Italy
If you arrive to Bergamo's train station expecting to walk out into a medieval Italian town (as Bergamo is often advertised), you'll be disappointed. Instead hop a cab or to the funicular station and ascend to the Città Alta (high city) to think you've time traveled back to the 1500, even if the funicular's only been there since 1912.
€3 roundtrip

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2010 World Cup Travel Guide: Inside Moses Mabhida Stadium

June 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

All this week, we'll be giving you the low-down on the many venues of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This five-part guide is designed to inform and ease the logistics of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see all the action, should you decide to get on the ball and go for it! First up, The Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Dedicated soccer...er, excuse us...football fans still have time to plan a trip to South Africa for the World Cup if it's done quickly. The 30-day event, starting June 11 and continuing a month until July 11, gives those who take both sport and travel seriously the opportunity to knock out two birds with one stone: Witness a legendary event and make a dream trip to the Continent.

Football already receives beaucoup global love, and the USA is finally catching the fever too, especially for a home team that’s performed well enough to generate excitement about beating the formidable England team on June 12.

Now let's go inside the main venue, Moses Mabhida Stadium...

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Park City's Upcoming St. Regis To Get Equally Swanky Funicular

Where: 2300 Deer Valley Drive East [map], Park City, 84060, United States, UT
July 17, 2009 at 12:19 PM | by | ()

Right now, we're a little preoccupied with our summer cocktails and our river tubing spots to begin thinking about the upcoming ski season. Yet we did come out of our summertime haze for just a moment to read this press release about the first funicular to ever open at a North American ski resort. The lucky ski resort? Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

The funicular, which is nestled at the base of the mountain at The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort’s Snow Park Building and is adjacent to Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge, ascends 500 vertical feet in just 90 seconds to the primary hotel building.

The funicular cars will have panoramic windows that are tinted and UVA and UVB-protected. They will also be heated (with AC operating in the summer) with leather seats and a separate area for luggage. Fifteen well-heeled (booted?) skiers can fit into these cars. But unlike other funiculars in the U.S., the Deer Valley cars will function independently so that "demand can be met at the base and top terminals."

The ride is free and the St. Regis is hoping you'll try the funicular on a lark and then of course, pop into their hotel to check out Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new J&G Grill, a wine bar, or the Remède Spa, or the ski beach overlooking Deer Hollow ski run or the outdoor terrace with its 40-foot long firewall.

A 500-ton crane is installing the funicular as we speak but the St. Regis Resort won't be open until later this year.

Related Stories:
· Park City Travel Guide [Jaunted]
· The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort [Official Site]
· Funicular [Wikipedia]