We advise and plan without being dependent on any manufacturer, so we are free to choose and realise the best solution for you.
Thanks to our focus on your particular situation, we are able to offer quality and cost advantages that are usually not possible with standard solutions.
Terrain, resources, land ownership and legal frameworks are often challenging when it comes to ropeway projects. We see it as a crucial part of our job to remove obstacles with sensitivity
New solutions for tomorrow are based on a lot of experience from the past. Our expert knowledge and experience in highly technical and sensitive matters give our customers security. Years of experience and expertise give your project added value, minimize risks and ensure efficient project management.
Ropeway planning leads the way – in the truest sense of the word. Slope accessibility, routing and the choice of location determine the quality of your (future) customers‘ experience.
Apart from actually planning your ropeway, we carry out detailed planning and tendering, supervise construction and engineering work. Taking care of the final project inspection, cost and schedule control and documentation for the entire project facility are part of our job, too.
When Mellau got a modern cable car
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the cable car in Mellau, a storytelling café will be held to tell the stories of that time. The cable car at that time was planned by our father, Anton Salzmann. In the meantime, we were also allowed to plan the 10EUB successor lift, which was built in 2015.
Autonomous ropeways without station staff
A 2-page interview with Stephan Salzmann on the opportunities, risks and acceptance of the new technology and previous project experiences can be found in the current issue of SI - Seilbahnen International and can be downloaded here.
Click here for the article (in German)
Salzmann as general contractor
During the construction of the 10EUB Grebenzen, Salzmann Ingenieure took over for the first time as general contractor the planning and financial coordination of all construction trades and thus ensured absolute cost transparency.
Urban ropeway network for the capital of Himachal Pradesh
Shimla is one of the most popular mountain destinations in northern India. Due to the topography, ropeways are often the optimal solution for the current traffic problems in India. The network will consist of three lines with a total of 15 ropeway sections. Read the whole article of ISR Switzerland.
Visiting construction sites in India (Assam/Varanasi)
Stephan and Marie are currently visiting several construction sites in India:
1. route inspection and "on-site planning" for a cable car to the Khamakhya temple in Guwahati, Assam. In the future, the cable car will take visitors directly from the urban surroundings of the railway station to the temple district.
2nd site visit to India's first urban ropeway in Varanasi. Foundation work is currently underway on the stations and support foundations. In addition, a site visit took place for the next expansion stage Varanasi Phase 2, for which the Bernard-Salzmann joint venture has again been commissioned with the planning. This cableway is to run from the same starting point, Varanasi Cantt Station, to Namo Ghat.
Picture from left to right: Mrigank Shekhar (Bernard Consult India), Stephan Salzmann, Marie Bach (Salzmann Ingenieure), Lukas Fritsch (Bernard Group Austria)
Foundations with shifting option
The construction progress of the Kieserl ropeway in Großarl currently provides a good insight into the foundations with shifting option. Thus, the slope movements to be expected in the future are taken into account and the supports can be adapted.
Newsletter Ski Grebenzen: Start into a new era
Realization in record time +++ modern 10-cabin monocable ropeway for small ski area +++ increase in capacity and comfort +++ basis for future year-round operation +++ ideal cooperation of regional trades +++ cost-efficient general planning +++ ropeway planner as general contractor
VRN ropeway day at BUGA 23 in Mannheim: Now it's time to implement meaningful projects.
The Rhine-Neckar Transport Association (VRN) invited to the ropeway day to discuss and further develop urban ropeways as a building block for the transport turnaround in the expert circle. Among others, 16 cities/counties, 12 planners/consultants and 2 manufacturing companies were present. Our office was represented by Loris Rau. Read his summary here.
Read the following articles: System change to barrier-free access +++ ultra-modern 8-seater cabins for single-cable gondola +++
barrier-free access and comfort +++ short time window for construction measures +++ meticulous planning +++
architecturally sophisticated realization
Noise and vibration reduction in Großarl
The planning of the new Kieserlbahn in Großarl places a great focus on noise emission reduction. The new 10EUB ropeway will travel faster, but not louder. One of the measures is the use of a sound emission-optimized Performa rope. In the planning process, changes are evaluated in a before-and-after comparison and further planning is optimized - for example, in the sound absorption of the supports and the building openings.
Impressions of a trip to India
Jörg, you currently have 20 projects in India. What is the difference beetween your Indian projects and those in the Alpine region?
A big difference is usually the task itself: Often it's ropeways to religious sites such as temples on mountains, caves with shrines, etc. Otherwise, we are dealing with urban ropeways and with ropeways to tourist destinations (palaces, lookout points). And we have to deal with various restrictions such as flight bans that make aerial photography of the terrain by means of LIDAR drones impossible, or with clearing bans that fundamentally call into question the construction of some ropeways.
Urban ropeway lines for Shimla
We have recently been awarded a substantial contract for an urban project in India. In partnership with Bernard Consult, we have been commissioned to plan the ropeway lines for Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh. The ropeway system will comprise of three lines and a total of fifteen ropeway sections. Given the city's topography, ropeways offer an optimal solution to address the current traffic issues. In the accompanying picture, you can see Stephan Salzmann (Salzmann Ingenieure), Mrigank Shekar (Bernard India), Lukas Fritsch (Bernard Austria), as well as representatives from the client WAPCOS and the project operator RTDC during their site visit to Shimla.
Welcome to our team
"I am very interested in the development of urban mobility and mountain destinations with cable cars. We accompany our customers from the initial idea to the removal of installations. This makes our field of activity very varied and offers exciting challenges every day. From my time as an intern, I know that I can rely on the great team and look forward to mastering the challenges together."
- Loris Rau -
Our team at Interalpin 2023
3 days and more than 35,000 visitors: international ropeway spirit, a lot of exchange and many exciting projects and topics we experienced in Innsbruck. Information, photos and press releases can be found here.
From left to right: Stephan, Loris, Jörg, Marie, Katrin and Simon.
Ropeway in Varanasi
Varanasi's urban ropeway project, which was planned and tendered by Salzmann Ingenieure in cooperation with Bernard Consult, is now entering the implementation phase!
On the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a video highlighting the enormously high value of the project in India.
How India wants to become the most important country in the world (Der Standard)
A detailed report in the Standard newspaper examines a multitude of influencing factors and framework conditions for the former poverty state's fast development. To attract industry, the people of India are planning massive infrastructure investments in the highway network, railways and ropeway projects. They are referring to our feasibility studies in many regions of India.
Opening ceremony in St. Lambrecht
We were delighted to attend the opening ceremony of the 10 MGD Grebenzen in St. Lambrecht (Styria). We congratulate on the successful commissioning of the ropeway and wish you many enjoyable mountain rides in the future.
Enclosure improves guest comfort
With the new enclosure of the top station of the 8EUB Zwieselalm, it is now well protected from all weather conditions, especially during inclement periods. In the entrance and exit area, sectional gates have been installed that are open during regular operation.
The western facade was equipped with photovoltaic cells integrated into the glazing to generate electricity.
During stormy conditions both the ropeway technology and the guests are protected inside the station.
The new enclosed mountain station's east side was realized with new glazed facades and a roof (flat roof)
New ropeway era
The Valisera ropeway is not only Austria's first autonomous ropeway, but also the world's first two-section lift of its kind.
"Our guests are already experiencing the future of international ropeway technology in the new Valisera lift. It guarantees rapid and smooth transportation, provides the highest level of service and comfort, blends harmoniously into the mountain landscape and also impresses with its sustainable and aesthetic design," emphasizes Martin Oberhammer, Managing Director of Silvretta Montafon Holding.
You can find the entire article here (in German).
Reconstruction Valisera ropeway
The reconstruction of the Valisera ropeway resulted in many innovations and technical highlights. What exactly can be read HERE in our new newsletter.
Our project in India
The simagazine reports about our project in India. More Details here.
First project: City ropeway in Varansi (India)
The media reports about the cooperation and development with the Bernard Group, the investment volume and the start of our project at a pilgrimage site in India. You can find details on the following articles: vol.at, wirtschaftszeit, wirtschaftspresseagentur, NEUE, seilbahn.net, VN, GsiNews, top.tirol.
Our cooperation with the Bernard Group
In the future, ropeways in various parts of India will ease traffic congestion and regulate the flow of pilgrims. We are carrying out essential studies and planning for eleven ropeway locations together with the Tyrol-based Bernard Group. The challenges here are significant topographical and climatic differences at the various locations. At the same time, we also want to ensure a transfer of knowledge in the sense of sustainable project management.
The ISR interview on the occasion of our company anniversary: successful projects, effects of the pandemic, future perspectives and other exciting developments.
You can find the whole article here (in German).
Virtual construction diary
Incredibly impressive pictures and the latest news due to the construction progress can be found in the Ski Grebenzen construction diary: the current status of the buildings, the helicopter flight, detailed photos of ropeway elements.
Team on Tour
We visited the 54th Ropeway Conference in Vorarlberg this week: Future strategies for economically and ecologically sustainable ropeway planning with new developments in tourism and ski industry have been the main topic. Highlight was the farewell of Edwin Fritz, who volunteered for 43 years in the Piste Quality Seal Commission. Markus Linder surprised Edwin Fritz and joined in a medly.
Stephan Salzmann reports on solutions for individual challenges. Retrovit, profitability and risk analyses, downsizing of ski areas and development of new revenue sources... Situations and demands of customers have changed over the last decades. Planning became more multi-layered and complex.
Download the ISR report (in German)
50 years of independent ropeway planning
Due to our anniversary, we are pleased to publish a report in the international ropeway review about the development of independent planning and its value for ski resort development in the Alpine region.
We are celebrating our anniversary
and looking back on fascinating projects from 50 years of Salzmann. You can find them in our interactive project map.
We are pleased about the current report on seilbahn.net about our commitment in India.
MorTH Manthan Expo Bangalore
Due to our strong involvement in the joint venture with Bernard Consult in India, where we were commissioned by the National Highway Logistics Management Limited (NHLML) to carry out preliminary studies and ropeway planning for more than 20 ropeway projects under the Parvatmala Pariyojana Programme, we are already recognised by the highest authorities as ropeway experts after a short period of time. Our Managing Director Stephan Salzmann was personally invited by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and National Highways Authority of India to give a presentation on the challenges of planning and implementing ropeway projects in India at the MorTH MANTHAN Expo in Bangalore.
Together with the Bernard Group, we have been awarded the contract for the first urban ropeway project in India (Varanasi)
Feasibility studies for ropeway projects in Andrha Pradesh
We are looking forward to carrying out the next feasibility studies for ropeway projects in India in Andrha Pradesh. There might be 6 new ropeways. It will remain exciting.
Ropeways in India
We are delighted about the commitment to further projects in India. A total of 6 touristic ropeway projects in the north of India and an urban ropeway in New Delhi are to be implemented.
Salzmann goes India
The holy city at the Ganges - Varanasi - India - We are planning an urban ropeway with a total length of 3.8 km. The ropeway will be able to transport 4,500 people per hour and thus relieve the local traffic situation. The ropeway has a total of 5 stations.
Urban cable cars
Modern cable car systems open up new paths for mobility in our cities. Loris Rau chose this topic for his bachelor thesis. Click here for the article in the Si Urban 01/2020 issue.
8813 St. Lambrecht
July - December 2022
10MGD Valisera ropeway
Februar - Dezember 2021
August 2019 - December 2021
GASTEINER MOUNTAIN Ropeways
10MGD Panorama Link + 10MGD Flying Mozart
Flachauwinkel I Kleinarl
August 2019 - December 2021
Aerial tramway Lünersee
09/2019 - 08/2020
8-CLD/B Sonntagskogel II
May - October 2019
Construction time 2018
July - December 2018
6 CLD/B Lumberjack
April - November 2017
8 cabines monocable ropeway
May - december 2017
10MGD Mellau ropeway
60 Aerial tramway Grünberg
2013 - 2014
When realising such an ambitious project as our new reversible aerial tramway in Wagrain, committed and reliable partners are key to being successful. The fact that we have been working together with Salzmann Ingenieure for years is a great advantage for everyone involved.
Josef Viehhauser, Construction Manager Bergbahnen Wagrain AG
Ropeways are fascinating machines that cover great distances and differences in height, floatingly and, it seems, effortlessly. Planning ropeways is a challenge for us technicians, and we acquire new knowledge with every project. Finishing a project is always a moment of joy, even after more than 40 years in the business and 300 projects.
Stephan Salzmann, General Manager Salzmann Ingenieure
The masterplan thoroughly analyses the ski resort with all its ropeways, skiing slopes, stations and the corresponding conveying capacities. Based on this analysis, quality improvements through new pistes and facilities, expansions of the ski resort or mergers with others are developed. 3D animations visualise ropeway routes and the way they are embedded in the landscape.
Based on the masterplan or pre-existing considerations, we develop a custom-made ropeway project. We work with all established systems – be it gondola lifts, chairlifts, reversible aerial tramways or pulsed movement aerial ropeways. We are not dependant on any manufacturer. Our planning is based on calculation programmes developed in-house and comprises the entire technological aspect of ropeway planning including routes, stations and drives.
For an optimal price-performance ratio and fulfilment of all EU and EN standards, we call for tenders based on our own rope calculations and project planning. We draw up a specific and detailed bill of quantities. This enables the participants in the tender to calculate exactly and therefore ensures realistic and comparable tenders. Due to our experience with procurement law, we can guarantee competent contracting, which is especially important for clients from the public domain.
The submission project places high demands to the applicant for permit with regard to environmental law, ropeway law, water law, etc. – from the very first submission through the construction agreement negotiations up to the operating licence. As specialists in this field, we guarantee smooth operation in the entire process: planning; calculations; descriptions; coordination of safety analyses and safety reports; administration of fulfilling requirements from the protocol of negotiations, legal notices and safety reports; and the coordination of the implementation.
By detailed project we mean the creation of detailed plans for station constructions and constructions along the line, and of bills of quantities for tendering the construction works and supplementary works. Thus, we lay the foundations for a faultless and smooth construction phase. This reduces the risk of mistakes on site and raises the quality of the implementation with regard to construction physics and esthetics. Plus: proper planning shortens the construction period.
Construction and Project Management
Our construction and project management warrants that all technological and commercial agreements are kept, as well as all deadlines. Some of the essential elements are: weekly meetings, constant updates of cost and time schedules, noticing of impending budget or time schedule overruns, and invoice control after completion. This allows us to efficiently avoid unjustified additional costs and postponements. The client only pays for services that were actually provided