July 23, 2014
The Local | 3 Mar 2014, 07:45
The cable car will take visitors to the garden show in Marzahn in the eastern suburbs of Berlin in 2017. But it will stay operational for at least three years after that and possibly indefinitely.
The novel form of transport will be linked up to the Neuen Grottkauer Straße subway station on the U5 line from where it will ferry passengers to the western entrance of the "Gardens of the World" exhibition.
Passengers will travel over the 102-metre-high Kienberg hill and on to Marzahn-Hellersdorf, where more than 2.3 million visitors are expected to attend the garden show.
The €14-million project got the green light after privately-owned Leitner Ropeways said it would foot the whole bill.
The company, which beat off a rival bid from an Austrian firm, has already installed cable cars in Mexico City and in Colombia's second largest city Medellin.
Leitner Ropeways will not charge directly for the service but will receive €2.30 out of the cost of an entrance ticket, which has not yet been decided.
The project has been broadly welcomed. Berlin transport secretary Christian Gaebler called it a "win-win situation" while International Garden Show CEO Christoph Schmidt said it was a "wonderful result".
The International Garden Show will cover an area of 103 hectares in eastern Berlin. The cost of the event is €33 million, around a third of which is being paid for by the city.