Albigna Dam and cable car
Vision. Engineering. Hiking. Climbing.
Val Bregaglia also has a cable car! It belongs to the Elektrizitätswerke Zürich (EWZ) and leads to the dam and reservoir on the Albigna. Clean green electricity has been produced here since 1959 and sent all the way to Zurich. The 115 m high and 759 m long dam wall is not only used for energy production, but also offers the valley safety from flooding during heavy rainfall.
During the summer months, the gondola, which was completely renovated in 2016, grants accessibility to the entire Albigna region. The difference in altitude between the mountain and the valley station is about 900 m. While the small cabin climbs for 15 minutes, you have a spectacular view of the entire Val Bregaglia. Another breathtaking moment comes when crossing a deep gorge shortly before the top station.
From here it is only a few steps to the dam, which can be crossed on foot (railings on both sides). For beginners, the hike to the Albigna Hut is also a good option (approx. 1 hour's walk; 340 m altitude difference). There you can sit wonderfully on the terrace, enjoy cool and warm drinks, simple meals and excellent cakes. For advanced hikers, the hike over the Pass da Casnil into the Forno Valley (and on to the Forno Hut) is a challenge (alpine hike blue-white).
But the Albigna is above all a heaven for mountaineering and climbing. The most famous point of the Bregaglia is the Fiamma, but other needles of the Spazzacaldeira also have interesting routes. There are also other destinations between Punta Albigna and Piz Balzet that are well worth visiting. And right next to the hut there are some routes for beginners, which are also suitable for children.
On the other hand, the guided tours that the EWZ offers every Tuesday morning at 9.00 a.m. during the summer months are interesting for technology freaks. You first take the gondola to the top and then climb into the hollow chambers of the weight walls. Further information on the website of EWZ.
Opening hours of the cable car
13.06. - 18.10.2020.
Rides up and down every 15 minutes.
From 07.00 to 11.30 and from 13.15 to 16.45.
Children under 6 years free
from 7 to 16 years single CHF 8, return CHF 12
adults single CHF 15, return CHF 22
military single CHF 8, return CHF 12
Prices for guided tour of the dam wall (plus travel)
Children under 5 years free
from 6 to 16 years CHF 6
adults CHF 12
More Information see Download Infos PDF
Tel.: +41 (0)58 319 64 14
Annamaria Crameri + Martin Ruggli
+41 (0) 81 822 14 05