February 2014 - The Uludağ Mountain range in the north-west of Turkey is a popular vacation destination. In summer it attracts visitors to the national park, while in winter it is home to one of Turkey’s largest ski resorts. Until a few months ago, the trip from the city of Bursa was a laborious affair, relying on a 50-year-old ropeway followed by a bus or taxi ride. The city of Bursa commissioned LEITNER ropeways to install the longest monocable gondola lift in the world, which has now made the journey considerably faster and more comfortable. Bursa Teleferik A.Ş. was founded in December 2012 to manage the construction and operation of the new ropeway. The ropeway connection to the mountains has traditionally been one of the main attractions of Bursa, the fourth largest city in Turkey.
Now guests are transported from Bursa to their final destination within 22 minutes, on a ropeway boasting 139 cabins and 44 support towers. The valley station of the GD8 ropeway is located at 395 meters, while the top station is at almost 1,800 meters.
Instead of traveling 35 kilometers by road, the gondola ropeway covers just nine kilometers and offers panoramic views. One special feature of the ropeway is the design of the stations, which were created by local architect Yamaç Korfalı. The new ropeway is both an urban and tourist facility and makes the Uludağ Mountains even more attractive by reducing the journey time. The ski resort and the national park with its species-rich vegetation are also popular with guests from nearby Istanbul. This city on the Bosporus is just two hours from Bursa by car or around 90 minutes by ferry.