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Hillside railways: ride up and look down!

Panoramic photo with view of the Blue Wonder from the upper station

Further information

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:


  • November 18, 2024 – November 29, 2024


  • November 4, 2024 – November 15, 2024

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

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.

Section of the network map with connections to hillside railways


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.

Fare tip

Weekly and (subscriber‘s) monthly passes for Dresden (except Deutschlandticket) 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 (except Deutschlandticket) 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.

1The price is valid for school children until the 15th birthday, for holders of a one-day pass for Dresden fare zone and when transporting a bicycle or a dog.
2Price ist valid up to two adults and up to four school children (until the 15th birthday).
3The price is valid per person for a group size of 10 to 99 persons.
4The up and down ticket must be used on the same day, and you can use either hillside railway.

Opening times


  • March 29, 2024 – November 3, 2024: every day 9.30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • from November 4, 2024: every day 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


March 29, 2024 – November 3, 2024:

  • Monday – Friday 6.30 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9 a.m. – 9.30 p.m.

from November 4, 2024:

  • Monday – Friday 6.30 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Tours and exhibitions

Photo with view of the hillside railway machine room

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

Contact us

Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG

Hillside railways

Pillnitzer Landstraße 5
01326 Dresden
+49 351 8572410

Wir bewegen Dresden