Germany's Zugspitze cable car. (Photo: AP)
Berlin — A new cable car is beginning service at Germany's highest peak, with VIPs getting to enjoy the first ascent on Thursday, 21 December.
The cable car to the Zugspitze mountain is being billed as a world-record-breaking work of German engineering, featuring the biggest altitude difference between the base and summit station and the greatest distance between the summit and the only support pillar.
The 50-million-euro ($59-million) installation replaces a cable car from 1963 that could take 240 tourists an hour to the 2 962-meter Alpine peak. The new cable car can manage more than twice as many passengers.
Munich's Archbishop Cardinal Reinhard Marx and the Protestant Bishop for Munich and Upper Bavaria, Susanne Breit-Kessler, will bless the cable car before its first official trip.