Would you hop on a railcar that’s going to send you down a 106% incline without a seatbelt or handbrake? Lots of people do every year when they board the Gelmerbahn: a funicular railway (a rail system that uses cable traction to navigate steep slopes) in Bern, Switzerland.
The Gelmerbahn was originally built in 1926 to assist the building of the Gelmersee — a dam and reservoir constructed to harness the hydroelectric resources of the area. It wasn’t open to the public until 2001. The passenger car takes 24 people on a 12-minute ride up the steep mountainside from Handegg, 6,000 feet above sea level with sweeping views over Hasli Valley, to Lake Gelmer where there are many hiking trails to explore.