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Design award for Zermatt’s 3S cable car

Zermatt has won another award – the new 3S Matterhorn Glacier Paradise lift has won the German Innovation Award in ‘Aviation & Maritime Technologies’ category.

Regular visitors to our blog will already know plenty about the 3S Matterhorn Glacier Paradise cable car. Our ‘Ultimate Guide’ covers everything you could need to know about the lift, from the construction to the number of pylons and cabins.

The lift was designed by Leitner Ropeways and they were given this award for special technical feature in the German Innovation Awards.

3S Matterhorn Chalets transparent floor
The transparent glass floor impressed the panel

In particular, the panel were impressed with the four unique Swarovski cabins. These were designed in collaboration with Italian design company Pininfarina and feature glass floors that reveals a view to the valley below.

Outstanding Design

It was these cabins that were recognized in the ‘Aviation and Maritime Technologies’ category.

The Design Council was created by the Bundestag (German Parliament) to pay tribute to outstanding products and innovations. The panel is made up of independent experts from a variety of backgrounds including industry, science, institutions and the financial sector.

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The special cabins include crystals from Swarovski

Glass changes from opaque to transparent

The 3S cabin won for its unique design.

The panel was particularly impressed by the exclusive features in the Swarovski cabins, which each have a glass floor that starts opaque, but gradually becomes transparent during the journey, revealing a spectacular view of the mountain 170m below.

The Ultimate Guide to the 3S Matterhorn Paradise Cable Car

If you’d like to find out more about the 3S cable car in Zermatt, make sure you check out our Ultimate Guide to the 3S Matterhorn Paradise Cable Car.

This covers everything you need to know including:

  • What is the capacity of the lift?
  • What will happen to the old Klein Matterhorn lift?
  • What is a 3S lift?
  • Cable Stats
  • How much did it cost?
  • How does altitude affect construction?
  • How many tonnes of explosive were used?
  • How were materials delivered to the construction site?
  • How many pylons are there?
  • How many cabins are there?
  • When does the 3S lift open?
  • Does the 3S lift link with Cervinia?
 3S Matterhorn Paradise Cable Car
3S Matterhorn Paradise Cable Car

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