Family get trapped in lift on Pyramiden-Kogel

A family was trapped in a lift whilst trying to reach the viewing platform of the newly opened Pyramiden Kogel in Keutschach, Carinthia.

On the last ride of the day the doors would not open to release the family – only after some minutes was it possible for the doors to be opened.

This is a recurrent problem – only last Wednesday there were problems with the lift and it was out of action for three days whilst work was carried out.

Parts were replaced and the electronics were reprogrammed and now the rope construction is to be changed.

Today (Thursday) passengers can only walk to the 100 metre summit.

Local mayor Gerhard Oleschko said: “This is a type of lift construction being used worldwide for the first time. Therefore adaptations are necessary.

The entry price is currently half price due tot he problems.

Nevertheless more than 100,000 visitors in its first six weeks.

The 100,000th visitor from Voitsberg, Styria was making a day trip to Carinthia when she became the 100,000th visitor.

She was greeted by Austrian MP Wolfgang Waldner from the ÖVP and local mayor Gerhard Oleschko from the FPÖ.

The most visitors in one day was on July 30th when 2,738 visitors came to admire the view.

So far 24,000 of the visitors have used the quickest way down the tower by sliding down the 52-metre-long slide.