Hillside railways: ride up and look down!
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.
|1 trip up or down||€4.00||€2.50 2|
|1 trip up and down on the same day||€5.00||€3.00 2
Family return ticket
|1 trip up and down on the same day for a group of up to 6 people, of whom at most 2 may be over age 14
Hillside railway card
One special option for frequent travellers on the hillside railways is the BergBahnCard (Hillside Railway card). All Dresden residents can acquire this special customer card for the hillside railways for a €5.00 fee. 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, monthly and yearly tickets for Dresden include the hillside railways. On weekends and public holiday, holders of a monthly or yearly pass can take one other adult with them at the concessionary hillside railway fare.
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.