The Schauinsland cable car as a technical monument
For the first time worldwide, the constructors of the Schauinsland cable car applied the loop system in a passenger cable car that provided for the continuous run of the gondolas. This way, as many cabins as desired could be attached to the circulating cable. Originally, there were 10 cabins with a conductor, 8 of which could be moved at the same time. During the reconstruction of the installation in 1988, the cable car was equipped with 37 slightly smaller gondolas that no longer require a conductor.
The design was aligned to the original cabins. Today, the Schauinsland cable car is the longest loop cable car in Germany. It is 3,600m long and overcomes a difference in altitude of 764m.
Once a year, the , the Baden-Württemberg Foundation for Monuments Denkmalstiftung Baden-Württemberg organizes the much appreciated “Heritage Day”, with varying leading themes. Many cultural monuments are accessible to the public during this day and thus demonstrate the diversity and the particularity of our region. The Schauinsland cable car also participates every year in this event, as a technical historical monument, through many actions. You can find the date and programme beforehand under Dates / Events.
The first loop cable car in the world
The special value of the cable car lies in its significance in terms of technological history as the first loop cable car in the world for passenger transport. This system served as a model for all other modern systems with small gondolas. Until today, the constructions of the upper, middle (clamping) and lower station, posts and historic building elements which were preserved in the reconstruction demonstrate, to a large extent, the cable car construction form according to the loop system, current around 1930. The positive state in which the original condition has been maintained emphasises and raises the value of the cable car as a source of technological history. This is in addition to the design value of the installation and construction details. The task of combining a functionally designed engineering construction like a cable car with an architecture that fits smoothly into the landscape was excellently solved.
Reasons tied to regional history
For many decades, the Schauinsland cable car was deeply rooted in the consciousness of the population; this is evident through the efforts made to conserve the cable car in the 1980s and through numerous press articles and publications.
A worthy monument
The public interest in preserving the Schauinsland cable car is based on the documentary value of the installation in terms of serving as an example for research on cable cars based on the loop system, from the point of view of technology and history. As the first passenger cable car worldwide that was planned and built according to this system in the first thirds of the 20th century, the Schauinsland cable car also combines scarcity and age value.
The public interest in conserving the cable car is based on the originality and integrity of the architecture and equipment as well as on its documentary value, also in terms of serving as an example for transport constructions. The individual parts of the Schauinsland cable car like the upper, middle, and lower station as well as the 7 steel posts form a single entity.