Euroregion Elbe/Labe

Suspension railway Dresden

Oldest suspension railway in the world with viewing terrace

The oldest mountain railway in the world, which has been a listed building since 1975, is still in daily operation and has only required minor technical adjustments over the years. The suspension railway system, which opened in 1901, is based on the monorail principle of the Cologne engineer Eugen Langen. The two car bodies hang on one of the rails, which is supported by 33 supports, and are moved by a pull rope. The associated conveyor machine is in the mountain station. Initially powered by a compound steam engine, a direct current motor has been used since 1909.

The railway connects the Loschwitz district of Dresden with Oberloschwitz, which is 84 meters higher, over a distance of 274 meters. The journey time is 4.5 minutes.

Since 2002, a modern panoramic elevator has taken visitors to the tower above the machine house and offers a wonderful view over Dresden and the Elbe valley from the viewing platform. The railway takes a break twice a year to allow for an overhaul. Furthermore, an exhibition about the history of the railway and a café are integrated in the upper station's building.

Further information also at


Pillnitzer Landstraße 5
01326 Dresden

Opening hours

The suspension railway runs daily from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. from April to October and from November to March between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. every 15 minutes.

Revisions take place for a few weeks in March and November.



A single ticket for one trip costs 4.00 euros, reduced price: 2.50 euros, return trip 6.00 euros, reduced price 3.50 euros, family ticket 15.00 euros.

Zlevněné jízdné platí pro děti do 15. narozenin a držitele platné denní jízdenky na tarifní zónu Drážďany.

Season tickets (weekly, monthly, subscription-monthly tickets) for the Dresden fare zone are valid on the suspension railway. The Germany ticket is not valid.


guided tours of the machine house (upon registration)

café at the upper station

viewing terrace

exhibition about the history


From the Körnerplatz bus stop directions_railway directions_bus (lines 61, 63 and 84/521) it is about a 150 meter walk to the lower station on Pillnitzer Landstraße.

In addition, the upper station in Oberloschwitz directions_railway directions_bus is served every hour by bus line 84.

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