Fichtelbergbahn narrow-gauge steam train

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Oberwiesenthal, Germany

Fichtelbergbahn narrow-gauge steam train Oberwiesenthal Reviews

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A relaxing and scenic ride the historic steam train Feb 14, 2017
The most enjoyable way to get to Oberwiesenthal is - in my opinion - the narrow-gauge steam train "Fichtelbergbahn", which runs from Cranzahl to Oberwiesenthal. To get to Cranzahl take the trains of Erzgebirgsbahn from Chemnitz via Annaberg-Buchholz (or, if you start in Dresden, hop on a train in direction Chemnitz and change in Flöha), or the bus from Annaberg-Buchholz. For schedules see www.bahn.de, please. The schedules are more or less timed, some connections are tight in Cranzahl, with others you have to wait for a half hour or so.

The Fichtelbergbahn steam train was opened in 1897. The route is 17,35 km long and the train climbs 238 m up until it reaches Oberwiesenthal at 893 m elevation after 7 stops along the way and one hour travel time. The engines and cars are historic and well restored. Some trains have dining cars (I had a piece of cake and a hot chocolate - pretty good), others have open-air cars for panoramic views - in summer only.

A single trip is 7.60 Euro, round trip is 14 Euro for adults (in 2017). Kids pay 3/4.50 Euro. You can catch the train on a stop along the way, it's a bit cheaper then. Skis, sleds and usual luggage is transported for free, bikes for 2 Euro (single trip). If you stay longer in the area and plan to take this steam train more than once, think about their 5-trip ticket: 20 Euro, meaning 4 Euro for one trip.

Sachsen-Ticket is not valid on the steam train, but it is on the buses and the other trains (Erzgebirgsbahn). Erzgebirgscard is a good deal, the cost for 4 days validity within one calender year is 37 Euro (in 2017). This covers all means of transportation, like trains, steam train, buses, even cable car and chair lift in Oberwiesenthal. Also available for 48 hours.

For schedules see www.bahn.de and www.vms.de (the regional transportation network).
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