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The Stoosbahn is a funicular railway in the canton of Schwyz. It connects the Hintere Schlattli in the municipalities of Muotatal, Morschach, and Schwyz with the village and mountain resort of Stoos, above Morschach. On a length of 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi), it overcomes a height difference of 744 metres (2,441 ft). It opened on 15 December 2017 and replaces the older Schwyz-Stoos funicular, operating since 1933. The carriages are barrel-shaped and rotate to maintain a level floor surface for passengers. Construction took 5 years and cost 52 million Swiss francs.
The new line has a maximum gradient of 110% and is the steepest funicular railway in Switzerland and Europe, superseding the Gelmerbahn. It has been widely claimed to be the steepest in the world, although the Katoomba Scenic Railway in Australia is steeper, with a maximum gradient of 122%, but uses a winch system and is therefore an incline lift and not a funicular railway.
Stoos is a village located in the municipality of Morschach. It lies at 1,300 metres in the Swiss canton of Schwyz, and has about 100 inhabitants (population was counted at 106 during a 2007 census). It is used as a small ski resort with a cable car leading to the Fronalpstock. The village itself is car-free and is accessible via the Stoosbahn funicular railway. The Swiss Olympic skier Hedi Beeler was born here
Muotathal is a village and a municipality in Schwyz District in the canton of Schwyz in Switzerland. The eponymous valley, the Muotatal, is formed by the Muota, which joins Lake Lucerne at Brunnen.
The village is located in the valley of the river Muota, the Muotatal, with which it shares the name. The municipality is located in a series of valleys on the eastern edge of the canton, on the borders with the cantons of Uri and Glarus. It is the 10th largest municipality area-wise in Switzerland. It consists of the hamlet Ried, village sections of Schachen, Wil, Hinterthal (had its own post office since 1896, though it has now grown together with Schachen), and the hamlet Bisisthal in the Bisistal further upstream of the Muota. It also includes a number of alps including Glatt-, Tor-, Charetalp and Goldplangg.
The municipality Muotathal has an area, as of 2006, of 172.2 km2 (66.5 sq mi). Of this area, 32.8% is used for agricultural purposes, while 22% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 1% is settled (buildings or roads) and the remainder (44.2%) is non-productive (rivers, glaciers or mountains).
More about the Stoos Railways
The Stoos railways connect to the car-free mountain village Stoos – while setting a world record. The funicular railway from Schwyz to Stoos is the steepest in the world. A technical wonder, which makes the trip a one-of-a-kind experience. Once you reach Stoos, a paradise of stunning landscapes and holiday leisure awaits guests in summer and winter.
Stoos-Muotatal Summer Activities
The mountain village above Lake Lucerne is a destination for a variety of family trips and offers a range of mountain sports activities. Breathtaking views await you on the panorama terrace of the Fronalpstock and on the ridge walk from Klingenstock to Fronalpstock. Families can discover the Teufböni moor on an experience trail and have fun in the waters of the small Stoos lake.
Stoos-Muotatal Winter Activities
The winter sports region on the Fronalpstock and Klingenstock offers 35 kilometres of fun on the pistes. Both amateurs and professionals will find a piste suiting their wishes as well as a course in the snow sports school based on their skills. Loipen, Freestylepark and winter hiking trails are prepared on a daily basis. Tobogganers and airboarders can speed down the slope on separate pistes on the Fronalpstock.
Other Name(s): Stoos Funicular
Native Name: Standseilbahn Schwyz - Stoos
Type: Commuter funiculair
Status: Operating daily
Terminus: Schwyz Hinteres Schlattli / Stoos
Operation Commenced: 2012
Opened: December 15, 2017
Owner: Stoosbahnen AG
Character: Commuter and touristic funicular
Line Length: 1,740 metres (5,710 ft)
Number of Tracks: 1
Track Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1/2 in) standard gauge
Operating Speed: 10 metres per second (33 ft/s)
Highest Elevation: 1306
Maximum Incline: 110% (47.73°)