Hillside railways: ride up and look down!
To make sure that the hillside railways provide their service reliably all year round, they need to be checked twice a year.
The following down times apply:
- March 20, 2023 – March 31, 2023
- November 20, 2023 – December 1, 2023
- January 23, 2023 – March 17, 2023
- November 6, 2023 – November 17, 2023
The cable railways have helped define the landscape on the picturesque slopes of the Elbe at Loschwitz for more than 100 years. As well as being used for public transport, the two railways have become established as an important Dresden tourist attraction. The Standseilbahn – a track-running cable railway – runs from Körnerplatz to the district of Weißer Hirsch, a well-known exclusive residential area in Dresden. The lower station of the Schwebebahn – a cable-run suspension railway – is just around the corner from Körnerplatz and goes to Oberloschwitz.
Travelling on the hillside railways in Dresden is a special experience, not only thanks to their unique charm. The upper station of the Schwebebahn offers visitors a lovely view of the Elbe valley and, for technology enthusiasts, interesting exhibitions on how the railways are operated. The viewing tower and exhibition are open every day during the Schwebebahn operating times.
Getting there is child's play! The lower stations of the Standseilbahn and the Schwebebahn are both right by Körnerplatz. Bus routes 61, 63 and 84 stop at Körnerplatz, or you can take trams 6 or 12, or bus 65, to the Schillerplatz stop. From there it is just a short walk across the famous “Blue Wonder” bridge to Körnerplatz.
valid from April 1, 2022
trip up or down
|one single trip up or down||price|
|normal ticket||€ 4.00|
|discounted ticket1||€ 2.50|
|familiy ticket2||€ 10.00|
|group ticket3> 10 persons||€ 2.50 per person|
trip up and down
|one trip up and down4||price|
|normal ticket||€ 6.00|
|discounted ticket1||€ 3.50|
|familiy ticket2||€ 15.00|
|group ticket3> 10 persons||€ 5.00 per person|
|for 12 single trips||price|
|normal ticket||€ 30.00|
|discounted ticket1||€ 18.00|
BergbahnCard (hillside railway card)
To residents a BergbahnCard is offered for an annual fee of 5.00 euros. It is valid for one year from the date of issue, is non-transferable and entitles the holder to purchase discount hillside railway tickets.
Weekly and (subscriber‘s) monthly passes for Dresden are also valid for the hillside railways. On weekdays from 6 p.m., and all-day on weekends and public holidays, holders of a (subscriber‘s) onemonth pass at the normal rate can take another adult with them at the discounted hillside railway fare.
Valid one-day passes (normal price), one-day family passes and small group tickets must be shown at the hillside railway station in order to receive the discounted fare. Children under school age can travel free of charge.
- November 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023: every day 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- April 1, 2023 – October 31, 2023: every day 9.30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- November 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023:
- Monday – Friday 6.30 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
- Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
- April 1, 2023 – October 31, 2023:
- Monday – Friday 6.30 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.
- Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.
Tours and exhibitions
If you want to find out more – at weekends and on public holidays, anyone who is interested can find out from our experts how the Standseilbahn is powered, and how it was historically supplied with energy. If you would like to visit the machine rooms please book in advance.
In the upper station of the Schwebebahn a small exhibition reveals the engineering and history behind this technologically unique monument. There are daily tours of the drive mechanism in the Schwebebahn machine room. For large groups we also recommend booking in advance. The entrance fees for the machine roum tours are:
- for adults € 2.50
- for reduced persons € 1.00
- for families (two adults and up to four scholl childrens until the 15th birthday) € 5.00