Grotte des Demoiselles et l’ours des cavernes funicular

The « grotte » or cave des Demoiselles is located in the high valleys of the Hérault at the heart of Languedoc Roussillon, between the Cévennes and the Mediterranean. Visit us and discover giant stalagmites and stalactites, calcite flows, large columns, translucent draperies which impressed the inventors of modern speleology (Edouard Alfred MARTEL, Robert de JOLY, Norbert CASTERET, etc) and which constitute a true library of geological times.
In this genuine cathedral from the abyss equipped with the first underground touristic funicular in Europe, you can relax in our new reception and service pavilion and enjoy the panoramic terrace in an enchanting environment.

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Data sheet

Administrative
Station GROTTE DES DEMOISELLES
Firm number 340001
Category FUN-Funiculaire
Name GROTTE des DEMOISELLES
Opening year 1931
Last refurbishment year 1931
Operator SMLM SA
Main manufacturer Unknown
Authorized up traffic 300 p/h
Authorized down traffic 300 p/h
Uphill operating speed 1.1 m/s
Downhill operating speed
Technical
Altitude difference 51.0 m
Lower station elevation 360 m
Upper station elevation 411 m
Developed lenght 152.0 m
Horizontal length
Spacing
Maximum gradient (%) 36 %
Average gradient
Theoretical operating speed 1.1 m/s
Theroretical up traffic 300 p/h
Theoretical down  traffic 300 p/h
Motor cab position Uphill
Cable
Installation year 1997 (1997 original)
Function Uphill haul rope
Position Uphill
Manufacturer
Ultimate strength (UTS) 24400.0 DecaN
Diameter 19.0 mm
Electrical
Main engine type
Engine power