Underrated solutions:

Inclined elevators

Be it train stations, touristic sights or residential areas, in many cities buildings and streets situated on hillsides are often difficult to get to. Traditional access by road, rail or elevator often reaches its limit. The underrated alternative? Inclined elevators!

Taking the direct route, inclined elevators connect residential areas and houses on hillsides elegantly and with low energy consumption. These systems are typically used to bridge 20 – 200 meter (65 to 650 ft) stretches. Technically, lines twice as long can be implemented with ease. INAUEN-SCHÄTTI, a Swiss company, is considered the technological leader in this segment. Their installations use twin rails to cross vertical and horizontal distances at up to 2.5 meters per second. Their elegant, comfortable cabins are equipped with automatic doors and can serve up to 12 stops.

Easing everyday life


In the light-flooded, spacious cabins, passengers enjoy a smooth gliding experience with a view. Climbing stairs and carrying luggage, shopping bags or other items are rendered unnecessary.

Persons confined to wheelchairs, parents with prams or cyclists reach their destinations effortlessly. Inclined elevators from INAUEN-SCHÄTTI are weather and winter proof. Automatic sliding doors, comfortable seats, individual interior designs, an intercom and more technical sophistication guarantee an enjoyable ride.


INAUEN-SCHÄTTI is offering three distinct systems: The PICCOLO line for private use (serving for instance private homes or vacation homes), the INTRA line for indoor installations and the COMFORT line for public transportation with transport capacities up to 30 passengers per cabin.

20,000 trips per month


Installations of these notable solutions can be found all over the world. In Bolivia’s capital La Paz, for instance, the Swiss experts installed an inclined elevator doing 20,000 trips per month. As a feeder line, it transports up to 20 passengers per trip to a gondola station so the inclined elevator is part of the world’s most extensive urban cable transport network.

In Le Locle, Switzerland, another inclined elevator is integrated with the public transport network. This public inclined elevator for 16 passengers links the train station with the city center, taking 15,000 trips per month.



The Webermühle inclined elevator is a comfortable, barrier-free link connecting a residential complex with the train station.

An inclined elevator through a bear enclosure


In Schwarzenberg, Germany, an inclined elevator improves not only access to the town’s castle hill but also the parking situation. Although the ancient city is not entirely free of cars, parking is limited. There is now a large parking lot at the lift’s base station. The Schwarzenberg inclined elevator serves the local population as well as tourists who particularly enjoy the thrill of the ride down.

This sightseeing aspect was also a significant factor for the installations at the bear park in Bern and at Château Gütsch in Lucerne, Switzerland.

In Bern, the inclined elevator runs right through the bear enclosure while in Lucerne, two inclined elevators link Château Gütsch with the adjacent Gütschwald recreation area. Another showcase project was implemented in Wettingen, Switzerland.

The Webermühle inclined elevator in Wettingen, Switzerland, links the train station with a residential complex. The installation runs along a steep terrace slope of the Limmat River, providing residents with comfortable as well as barrier-free access to the train station.