Look out below! Europe's steepest funicular railway has a gradient of 106 per cent - and not a seat-belt in sight

  • The Gelmerbahn funicular takes tourists a 6,000 feet above sea level to Lake Gelmer in Bern, Switzerland
  • Open carriages take 24 passengers up the steep cliff face from Handegg, in Hasli Valley, on a 12-minute ride
  • The images, taken by Swiss photographer Monika Flückiger, show there's nothing but a metal bar to grip

By Matt Blake


These are the stomach-churning pictures of Europe's steepest funicular which has a gradient of 106 per cent - but not a seatbelt in sight.

The breathtaking images show two children clutching onto a single rail as the ground drops away beneath them in Bern, Switzerland.

The Gelmerbahn funicular takes tourists a vertigo-inducing 6,000 feet above sea level to Lake Gelmer and while the journey might be slow it's not for the faint-hearted.

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Don't look down: The Gelmerbahn funicular takes tourists a vertigo-inducing 6,000 feet above sea level to Lake Gelmer and while the journey might be slow it's not for the faint-hearted

Don't look down: The Gelmerbahn funicular takes tourists a vertigo-inducing 6,000 feet above sea level to Lake Gelmer and while the journey might be slow it's not for the faint-hearted

Scenic: Open carriages take 24 passengers up the steep cliff face from Handegg, in Hasli Valley, on scary but scenic ride lasting about 12 minutes

Scenic: Open carriages take 24 passengers up the steep cliff face from Handegg, in Hasli Valley, on scary but scenic ride lasting about 12 minutes

These are the stomach-churning pictures of Europes steepest funicular which has a gradient of 106 per cent

All smiles: The breathtaking images show two children clutching onto a single rail as the ground drops away beneath them in Bern, Switzerland

Tracks of history: The Gelmerbahn funicular was built in 1926 to help with the construction of the Lake Gelmer dam

Tracks of history: The Gelmerbahn funicular was built in 1926 to help with the construction of the Lake Gelmer dam

Open carriages take 24 passengers up the steep cliff face from Handegg, in Hasli Valley, on scary but scenic ride lasting about 12 minutes.

And as these shots show, thrill-seekers have nothing more than a metal bar to grip onto during the invigorating journey.

 

The images were taken by Swiss photographer, Monika Flückiger.

The 48-year-old said: 'I know the funicular looks dangerous but it's not. Having said that those looking for an adrenaline shot will definitely get one here.

And as these incredible shots show, thrill-seekers have nothing more than a metal bar to grip onto during the invigorating journey.

Hold on tight: As these incredible shots show, thrill-seekers have nothing more than a metal bar to grip onto during the invigorating journey

The Gelmerbahn funicular takes tourists a vertigo-inducing 6,000 feet above sea level to Lake Gelmer in Bern, Switzerland
These are the stomach-churning pictures of Europes steepest funicular which has a gradient of 106 per cent

Exciting: The stunning images were taken by Swiss photographer, Monika Flückiger, who said the funicular provides the perfect fix for adrenaline junkies

These are the stomach-churning pictures of Europes steepest funicular which has a gradient of 106 per cent
These are the stomach-churning pictures of Europes steepest funicular which has a gradient of 106 per cent

Adrenaline: She said the unidentified children here 'were not scared, but were certainly adrenalised'

On top of the world: The red funicular was converted into a passenger train in 2001

On top of the world: The red funicular was converted into a passenger train in 2001

Hidden treasure: Despite it being the steepest funicular in the world, the photographer says very few people have heard of it

Hidden treasure: Despite it being the steepest funicular in the world, the photographer says very few people have heard of it

'Strangely though it's not very famous, many of my friends and colleagues don't even know about.

'The children pictured here weren't scared but they were certainly adrenalized.'

The Gelmerbahn funicular was built in 1926 to help with the construction of the Lake Gelmer dam.

It was converted into a passenger train in 2001.


Video courtesy of Lee Rutter

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So, it's just a slow rollercoaster. No seatbelts on those.

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106 degrees is what you and I would call about 46 degrees, or 1 in 1. So nothing like vertical, just a steep slope

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Not for me call me chicken but a rollercoster ride if the brakes fail !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I'll book tickets now!

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We to have ridden on the one at the Blue Mountains and its a lot steeper than this one. Would go on it again tomorrow if we were still there.

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That has to be the biggest and best fairground ride in the world.

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Forget the funicular, I want to see a Slinky Spring Toy going down the rather long stairway next to it, a thousand Slinky Toys even, LOL!

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If this had been in the UK it would have been closed down thanks to the elf'n safety morons!

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Oh I would LOVE to go there!

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How can you have a descent over 100%? Sorry, I forgot, this is EU legilation.

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