Opened in 1978 and at over 6 kilometres, still the world's longest gondola cableway.
The Grindelwald–Männlichen Gondola Cableway was opened on 23 December 1978. The following passage is taken from the 1977 founding brochure, which was also an invitation to subscribe shares: «As a resort, Grindelwald has an extremely unfavourable relationship between transport capacity from the valley and accommodation capacity. The sizeable amount of excursion traffic in particular demands additional transport capacity.»
The initiators of the gondola cableway regarded it as essential to improve transport capacity to the high-altitude facilities in winter and also to be able to carry summer guests up to vantage points and hiking areas. They argued that construction of the GGM was a matter of urgency if it was considered that the snow-safe and sheltered Männlichen ski region would enjoy direct access and thus the ski season extended into spring. In addition, new and interesting round-trips and hiking attractions would be created in summer.
The initiators were ambitious: at over 6 kilometres long, the Grindelwald–Männlichen Gondola Cableway would be the longest gondola cableway in the world – and indeed has remained so to this day. Building costs at the time were around 22 million francs, half of which was financed from own capital resources.