The Scariest Cable Car Rides on Earth

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One person’s thrill is another person’s horror, especially when it comes to heights. And scenic view or not, what if only a steel box, suspended by a wire, keeps you from dropping thousands of feet down? With dozens if not hundreds of cable car routes around the world, it’s not easy to pick the scariest ones. We’ve found eleven that made our stomachs feel more than a bit queasy.

China’s Tianmen Chan or Heaven’s Gate Mountain, pictured here, is located about 8 km south of the city of Zhangjiajie (formerly Dayong) in the northern province of Hunan. Visitors wanting to enjoy the view have only two options for getting up, neither of them very attractive: Either walking up 999 steps to the top of the mountain without platforms for stopping, or taking the cable car. The latter is the longest cable car ride in the world, covering a distance of 7455 m and scaling a height of 1279 m. Gulp…


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This image can only be titled “Ride to or from nowhere”. And the purpose is equally drab: Visitors to the top are greeted by the ruins of an ancient fortress. This is the Masada cableway in Masada, Israel, the world’s lowest cable car ride because its bottom station is 257 m below sea level. That doesn’t mean the height gap covered is not much – the top is 33 m above sea level and 290 m is quite a distance to fall… Does anyone else feel reminded of Mad Max?

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Staying in Israel, we’re not sure what’s scariest about Haifa’s Stella Maris cable car ride, which brings people from the Mediterranean coast to the top of Mount Carmel – the highway waiting below or the feeling of being dropped right into the sea? Must be a combination of both.

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