A Futuristic Funicular in Austria

A Futuristic Funicular in Austria

Funicular railways are common in the mountains, but none is more spectacular than the Hungerburg. Designed by Zaha Hadid, it connects the centre of the Austrian city of Innsbruck with Hungerburg at the foot of the Nordkette mountains and soars with the Iraqi-British architect's signature curving façades. Small wonder that it set new international standards for modern architecture. 

Zaha Hadid station

 

Officially opened in 2007, the funicular boasts four stations - Congress Centre Station in the centre of Innsbruck, Loewenhaus, Alpine Zoo, and Hungerburgset. Inspired by the frozen landscape of the surrounding Karwendel National Park, they conjure floating, icy glaciers.

 

Zaha Hadid station

 

The journey along the Hungerburg funicular takes no more than eight minutes, but it is eight minutes of breath-taking mountain views and glorious architecture that brings the mountain into the heart of the city.