It might not sound romantic — swaying back and forth in a large tin can hundreds of feet in the air, literally hanging on by a cable - but that vulnerability, coupled with those unmatched views, quite simply brings people together. Here, the highest, the sweetest, the viewiest gondola rides on the planet.

Gondola Rides of the Gods

It might not sound romantic — swaying back and forth in a large tin can hundreds of feet in the air, literally hanging on by a cable - but that vulnerability, coupled with those unmatched views, quite simply brings people together. Here, the highest, the sweetest, the viewiest gondola rides on the planet. Warm on the Inside Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images Warm on the Inside Sleek, white, and futuristic, the gondola at the Grand Hirafu resorts in Kutchan, Japan, has another sly benefit: You not only gaze upon beautiful snow fields, but also skiers and snowboarders shivering on the nearby — and quite unprotected — chairlift. Make it a Double JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images Make it a Double The Vanoise Express is a double-decker cable car linking La Plagne with Les Arcs ski resorts in the French Alps. Note: No promises that you'll catch site of a highliner, as seen in this picture. Kashmir Express Christian Aslund Kashmir Express You will not ride a gondola at a higher altitude than this: At an incredible 13,600 feet above sea level, with a descent of nearly 5,000 feet, this gondola in Gulmarg, Kashmir, is your Everest.

A gondola of the Skyway cable car arrives at Pointe...Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty ImagesWay Above ItalyConsidered the world's most expensive cable car installation, the SkyWay aerial tram to Punta Helbronner, Italy, cost nearly $125 million to build. The tram ferries travelers up to three slightly space-age stations (lots of glass and steel). At over 11,000 feet, the highest station, with its circular terrace, offers 360-degree views over most of the highest peaks of the Western Alps.

Action in Jackson Lucas Gilman Action in Jackson Larger than your standard gondola, the Aerial Tram carries passengers over 4,000 vertical feet in 12 minutes, with views of the valley floor, the Tetons, and nearby mountain ranges. When in France James D. Morgan/Getty Images When in France The ride is long: 20 minutes. The views are amazing: the mountains of Italy and Switzerland. The base is unbeatable: Chamonix. People Mover Bruce Yuanyue Bi People Mover The gondola that departs from the town of St. Anton in Austria is powerful: It has 28 cabins that carry 24 people each. It replaces the original, more delicate, tram which was built in 1937. That's good: Few people like riding old trams. Bavaria's Best Wolfgang Ehn / LOOK-foto Bavaria's Best Wallberg mountain is known as a recreational hotspot in Bavaria, Germany, and the gondola offers startlingly expansive views of the Austrian Alps, a gorgeous lake, and trees that go on forever. Bonus: The restaurant at the top of the mountain serves strudel! Whistle While You Gape Keith Levit / Design Pics Whistle While You Gape There's plenty to say about the gondola that connects Canada's Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, but nothing is more compelling than this: Some of the gondolas have glass bottoms, allowing you to see tree tops and skiers from a birds-eye-view. It also happens to be the world’s longest unsupported span for a lift of this kind (nearly two miles) and the ride takes 11 minutes. But, again: glass bottoms.