The cable car in this video, located at at the foot of the Matterhorn, offers panoramic views around of the Swiss Alps.
Several cabins are decorated with crystals on the outside as well as on the inside. When a cabin reaches a height of 170 metres, its floor turns transparent offering views of the glaciers below. An active glass laminate sheet turns the floors from milky white to see-through in seconds.
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The Matterhorn Glacier Ride is Europe's highest and probably most luxurious cable car. Over 45 million euros (R729,50 million at EUR1/R16,21) went into the project.
Markus Hasler, CEO of Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, says that it is something like staging a train ride. Its the feeling of a crystal cabin specially designed and tastefully decorated with crystals on the inside and outside and a glass floor making every trip feel incredibly special.
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The cabins were designed by Paolo Pininfarina. A member of the legendary Italian design dynasty, he wanted this project to set new standards in mobility. He sees the cable cars as being evidence of the fact that design has no limits.
The museum at the company's headquarters in Turin presents some of the most legendary sports cars in automotive history all designed by Pininfarina. Paolo Pininfarina applied some of the same principles he used to design his Ferrari's to create the cabin.
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Naturally, this Ferrari of cable cars needs a very special garage. with an elaborate glass and wood structure, the perfect atmosphere was created for these cabins. The stations were designed to not just be industrial buildings but to be attractive and inviting.
it took two and a half years of hard work before the first ride could begin. At an elevation of close to 4000 metres, snow storms can take place all year round and temperatures of minus 30 degrees Celsius aren't uncommon.
But all the hard work has paid off, the cable car begins regular operations this winter. Locals tend to appreciate one thing above all. How incredibly wonderful nature can be when you're not all crowded together. It's like taking a round trip in a helicopter and floating above mountains and glaciers.
Tourists also get to experience the mountains in a completely new way. Travellers can expect a new perspective of one of the world's most famous mountains. There's never been a more relaxing way to enjoy the rugged nature of the Alps.
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