The residents of Berlin enjoyed a similar ropeway system as part of the 1957 International Building Exhibition. After 60 years, a new ropeway system now invites guests to take a ride across the IGA grounds. Each car holds ten people and climbs to a height of between 25 and 30 metres above the ground as it leaves the main entrance of the IGA by the U-Bahn station ‘Kienberg – Gärten der Welt’ (previously ‘Neue Grottkauer Straße’). The cars initially travel to the 102-metre summit of Kienberg Hill, near to the ‘Wolkenhain’ observation platform – where passengers have the option of stopping – before continuing to the central area of the garden exhibition.
The ride affords a view of the IGA grounds and its various horticultural and architectural attractions. After covering a total distance of 1.5 kilometres, which takes around five minutes, the panoramic ride ends at Blumberger Damm, where the flower hall awaits the visitors – with its marketplace, culinary delights and lavish floral exhibitions.
Up to 3,000 passengers per hour can get a bird’s eye view of the grounds of the IGA Berlin 2017 in each direction by ropeway. It is free to use during the exhibition and included in the entry price.