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Zagreb’s Famous Funicular 124 Years Old Today

Zagreb funicular 124 today

On this day, 23 April, 124 years ago, the funicular in the Croatian capital was first put into operation.

Today the funicular, situated in Tomić Street, connecting Ilica Street (Donji Grad) with Strossmayerovo šetalište (Strossmayer promenade) to the north (Gornji Grad), is one of the cities recognisable attractions.

Its 66-metre (217 ft) track makes it one of the shortest public-transport funiculars in the world. The funicular was built in 1890 and has been in operation since April 23, 1893.

View of the funicular from the old town (photo: Orlovic under CC)

Initially, it had steam engines, which were substituted with electrical engines in 1934. Having in mind that it kept its original shape, constructional and most of the technical properties, it was given legal protection as a monument of culture.

As well as being one of the shortest, it is also one of the steepest funiculars in the world. It runs at a speed of 1.5 m/s, needing 55 seconds to cross the distance.

(photo: RobertaF under CC)

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