In 1906, a funicular railway to the Hungerburg (858 m above sea level) was built by the former Chain Bridge in the district Saggen. At the Hungerburgterrasse, today's Hoch-Innsbruck, the first villas were built at the beginning of the 20th century and the plateau became a popular residential area. The railway is a work of Ing. Josef Riehl and ran from 1906 to 8 December 2005. There were numerous citizen protests and votes against a demolition of the old train.
A new construction of the funicular was realized after two years of construction in December 2007. The announced competition was won by the world-famous architect Zaha Hadid, who had already planned the Bergiselschanze in Innsbruck.
Start of the route is the underground station at the Congress. After a 371.5 m long tunnel under the Rennweg (Europaratsallee) the train arrives at the Löwenhaus station. It continues above ground via a 242 m long S-shaped cable-stayed bridge with two pylons on the northern side of the Inn, where it flows into the 445 m long Weiherburgtunnel. There are the middle of the track and also the turnout. New Hungerburgbahn (Station Löwenhaus) A third stop allows access to the nearby Alpine Zoo. From her, the route leads above ground on a 462 m long reinforced concrete bridge and used just before the mountain station, the old route.
Zaha Hadid comes from Baghdad, studied architecture in her hometown and London and now lives in the British capital. In 1979 she opened her own architectural office and currently employs around 60 architects. In addition to the Bergiselsprungschanze, she designed the stations for the Hungerburgbahn in Innsbruck.
The superstructures of the four stations resemble flowing glaciers in their round shapes, thus imitating nature. Another interpretation is the representation of lizards with their scaly bodies
July 22, 2018
The Hungerburgbahn connects the city center via a curved route with the Hungerburg on the mountain slope north of the Inn and replaced the old Hungerburgbahn 1906th This was steeper, almost straight and almost exactly 1 km less far only from the right, southern Inn shore. The new Hungerburgbahn 2007, however, runs after crossing the Inn on the southern banks of the Inn and then further towards the city center to the Kongresshaus. Only in the last 100 meters the old and the new train use the same route to the same mountain station, where the steel Inn bridge and a concrete viaduct of the old train far above remind.
The new Hungerburgbahn is considered one of the landmarks of the city, two sections run underground in tunnels, it is single-track with central diverter and with 1,440 mm slightly wider than in standard gauge.
July 25, 2019
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