Standseilbahn: from Loschwitz to Weisser Hirsch
Dresden’s Standseilbahn cable railway has been taking passengers from the district of Loschwitz up to that of Weißer Hirsch since 1895. At first the route was intended only to connect the city centre with the newly founded residential area Weißer Hirsch. Following the construction of a sanatorium, the district had become renowned for its spas.
Today, the Standseilbahn has become an important tourist attraction in Dresden. The railway itself, which has been listed as a historical monument since 1984, is well worth a visit. The attractive surrounding landscape makes a trip on the cable railway a very special experience. As it travels up the hill, the railway winds its way through a picturesque natural environment, along two short tunnels and over a 102-metre viaduct.
From the upper station, visitors enjoy a wonderful view of the Elbe valley and urban Dresden. The nearby “Luisenhof” restaurant is not only the perfect place to set out on a walk through the Weißer Hirsch villas, but also an inviting spot for a break when on an outing.
Two carriages travel along this naturally attractive route, joined by a cable and driven by the stationary hoisting machine. Unlike the Schwebebahn, which has operating stations at both ends, the Standseilbahn is run entirely from the upper station.
In a nutshell
- Model: Standseilbahn cable railway with Abt passing loop
- Operation: shuttle
- Stations: Lower station in Loschwitz, upper station in Weißer Hirsch
- Length of route: 547 m
- Height difference: 95 m
- Minimum gradient: 9.5 %
- Maximum gradient: 29.0 %
- Track gauge: 1,000 mm
- Cable: 610 m long; 38 mm thick
- Drive power: 199 kW hauling engine: two rigidly coupled driving discs
- Capacity: 630 people per hour in each direction
- Maximum speed: 4 m/s
- Journey time: 5 minutes