The Thuringian mountain railroad

The Thuringian mountain railroad in the Schwarza valley approx. 26.2 km (approx. 32 min. by car) from Rudolstadt

The Thuringian Mountain Railway is a very famous tourist attraction, for those who love culture and nature.

The history of the mountain railway

The mountain railroad has a long and interesting history. It was opened for passenger transport as early as 1923 and was the most modern cable car in Germany at that time. The Thuringian Mountain Railway was a great success and attracted many visitors to the region. Over the years, the mountain railroad was modernized and expanded several times. Today, it is one of the main attractions in the region and a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. In addition, it is considered the only wide-gauge cable car in Germany & the steepest funicular in the world, as it climbs about 323 meters in altitude on its journey, with a gradient of 25%.


Rides with the mountain railway

The Thuringian mountain railroad is divided into the cable car & the flat track. The cable car goes from the Obstfelderschmiede stop to the Lichtenhain mountain station. On this way it overcomes 323 m altitude difference. The flat route then starts from Lichtenhain and ends in Cursdorf, stopping in Oberweißbach-Deesbach. This route is run every half hour, from 6 am to 8 pm.


Since May 01, the Germany ticket is valid, which can also be used for the trips with the mountain railroad.

If you do not have a Deutschlandticket, you can find all the prices for the fares on this website:


Attractions and activities on the mountain

On the ride itself, they experience the Thuringian Forest from its most beautiful side. Breathtaking scenery and even a gorge they cross.

Hunger is also taken care of. If your stomach is growling, you’ll find both a dining car at the Lichtenhainer Station and the restaurant “Die Talstation” at the Oberweißbacher mountain railway.

The mountain railroad is just the beginning. Once at the top, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding area and go on a hike through the forest. In winter, you can even go skiing and snowboarding here. Also to be found at the Lichtenhainer Bergbahn is the Maschinarium, where you can actively follow how the technology of the railroad works. In addition, the Froebel Forest is located here, where children can playfully learn about the forest and the creatures that live there. On the playground they can let off steam and enjoy the fresh air. Get ready for an unforgettable day on the mountain.

So if you want to combine a trip to nature with a touch of nostalgia and adventure, the Thuringian Mountain Railway is the right place for you.


A complete, up-to-date calendar of events can also be found here: