The easiest access to Sonnblick Observatory is via cableway. The cableway “Sonnblick Seilbahn” is not available for public transport. The single-tracked reversible cableway mostly used to transport goods and staff members for day to day operations. An altitude difference of 1.484m over a length of 3.300m is achieved within 20 minutes. The cableway moves at speeds of 2,6 m/s (9,4 km/h). The suspension rope is fixed at the top station and held by a counterweight of 13 tons in the valley station. It is supported and guided via one pile. This results in an inclination at the top station of 47 degrees. The position of the cab cannot be balanced hence persons must be fixed.
The new cable car was built 2017/18 and can carry up to 6 passengers or other load. The speed of the new cable car was doubled, compared to the old one. It offers us the possibility to use it up to wind speeds of more then 80 km/h where no helicopter can fly. This increases the safety of the staff at the observatory as well it supports the local mountain rescue services.