Plans for the Kienberg cable car

With over three million rides recorded in just 186 days, the cable car to the Kienberg hill was THE attraction of the international horticultural exhibition. The installation is to be operated by LEITNER until 2020 but it is time to ask what happens with it after this date. The CDU in Berlin has come up with a plan.


SI Urban: So what is your plan for the cable car?

Photo: LEITNER ropeways Portrait Photo: Pressebild_Uhlemann


Johannes Martin: Our goal is not only to preserve the installation but also to operate it successfully. This is why we would like to integrate it into the public transport network so that people can use it with regular Berlin public transport tickets. This would make it attractive not only for tourists but for commuters, too.

It has been reported that the borough administration vetoed this proposal. What do you think the problem is?


There has been talk about the need to verify the viability of the proposal but nothing has been done in this respect so far. First of all, all parties involved need to be brought together, sit around one table and have a reasonable discussion.


If all agree, test operation will need to be launched to determine whether there is enough demand from people. But I personally believe that if the cable car were well integrated into the public transport network, there would be enough interest.


The buzzword ban on diesel vehicles in German cities is nowadays heard from all directions. Do you think that a cable car would be a good solution for the many commuters affected by such a ban?

If a ban on diesel vehicles were to be adopted, another solution would have to be ready to make all those people’s journeys to the cities easier. A cableway produces low emissions and if well combined with other offerings, it can certainly be a good alternative to driving. If we just look here, in the Marzahn area: there are currently only poorly timed buses running here, approximately every 20 minutes. Definitely not the optimum choice for a commuter.

Can you imagine that cable cars could be a suitable solution also for other areas in Berlin? Something like that always requires a strictly individualized examination, of course, but such installations would certainly improve the quality of life in some other parts of Berlin, too. As we could clearly see during the Berlin horticultural exhibition, cable cars are much asked for in touristy areas.


So if we think where in Berlin large quantities of people need to be quickly and economically transported all the time, we get the locations where cable cars could be used. However, interconnecting these installations with local passenger public transport is important in any case.The interview was conducted by Tamara Mair (tm)