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Historic public transport

Cable cars in Dresden

Built in 1901, this is the world’s oldest mountain suspension railway.
To make the ascent from Loschwitz to Oberloschwitz, the carriages
have to overcome a vertical rise of 84 metres. If you are interested in
industrial archaeology, you can visit the machine room at the top.

Since the year 1895, a funicular railway has linked the Dresden
suburb of Loschwitz with the Weißer Hirsch villa quarter. From the
summit station 95 metres up the hillside, you have a fantastic view out
across Dresden. The machine room is once again open to the public.

Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG
Tel. +49 351 8572410

Historical buses

The local transport heritage association (Verein Historische Kraftfahr zeuge
des Dresdner Nahverkehrs e. V.) maintains a number of historic omni buses
formerly operated by the Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe (Dresden Transport)
and makes them available for special outings and sightseeing tours of
the city. They have six vehicles in total, including four Ikarus models
and a Büssing NAG 900 N, one of the oldest surviving buses in Germany.
They also organise nostalgia outings, using a classic IFA H 6 B/L built
in 1958 and currently owned by Regionalverkehr Dresden.

Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe
Tel. +49 351 4243844

Regionalverkehr Dresden GmbH
Tel. +49 351 4921344

Historic trams

The 37 trams maintained by the Dresden Tram Museum (Dresden
Straßenbahnmuseum) include a 309 traction unit from 1902 and
the ‘Große Hecht’ (Big Fish) from 1931. All are available for evocative
sightseeing trips around the city.

Straßenbahnmuseum Dresden
Trachenberger Straße 38 | 01129 Dresden
Fax +49 (0)351 8583598

Paddle steamers

With nine historic paddle steamers, all built between 80 and 130 years
ago, Saxon Steamship Company (Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt) owns
the world’s oldest and largest fleet of such vessels. Classified as
‘protected monuments’, these side paddle steamers (seven of which
date back to the 19th-century) ply the River Elbe between Meißen and
Bad Schandau. They can also be booked for chartered cruises.

Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt
Tel. +49 (0)351 866090

Kirnitzsch Valley Tram

Probably unique in Germany, this tram plies a route through a rocky
valley. For over 110 years, the Kirnitzsch Valley Tram has been trundling
along an 8km stretch of the romantic Kirnitzsch valley between Bad
Schandau and the waterfall at Lichtenhain in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.
NB: Services may be affected by current construction work.

Oberelbische Verkehrsgesellschaft Pirna-Sebnitz (OVPS)
Tel. +49 35022 5480

Narrow-gauge railways

Lößnitz Valley Railway

The 125-year-old Lößnitz Valley Railway –
affectionately known as the ‘Lößnitzdackel’ (Lößnitz Dachshund) – is
one of the oldest narrow-gauge steam railways in Germany. Every day
of the week, steam locomotives chug along the 17km track from Radebeul
(East) to Radeburg via Moritzburg, pulling carriages full of railway

Weißeritz Valley Railway This is the longest-serving narrow-gauge
railway in Germany. Since 1882, it has been merrily puffing up and
down the Rabenau valley between Freital-Hainsberg (near Dresden)
and Kipsdorf in the eastern Erzgebirge. The track was partly washed
away in the floods of 2002 but has been rebuilt and once again carries
regular steam train traffic between Freital-Hainsberg and Dippoldiswalde.

Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft mbH
Tel. +49 35207 89290