"Fichtelbergbahn Narrow Gauge Steam Railway" Kurort Oberwiesenthal Transportation Tip by Kathrin_E
Kurort Oberwiesenthal Transportation: 8 reviews and 35 photos
Oberwiesenthal's main connection with the outside world is the Fichtelbergbahn, a narrow gauge railway which has been steaming through the forests since 1897. It connects Oberwiesenthal with Cranzahl where you can change for the modern DB trains of the Erzgebirgsbahn. (Ok there is the bus 411 straight to Annaberg which is faster but... boring.)
The railway line leads through forests and small valleys past a handful of villages in between and takes you along the total of 17.35 kms in one hour. The train has to cope with (for a train) rather steep ascents in between. I felt reminded of the locomotive in "Dumbo"... (remember?) If you like nostalgic train rides, this one is highly recommended, both for the train and for the landscape views.
Adults are allowed to stand on the balconies at the front and end of the cars. But please keep doors and windows closed, otherwise the smoke enters the cars **cough**
One of the two trains has an open "cabrio" car. Great to enjoy the views on fine days but you'll smell like a smoked ham afterwards, and better wear dark clothes. The other train has a bistro car where you can enjoy some food and drink.
Fares: 7 ? one way, 12 ? return ticket (adults), included in ErzgebirgsCard
Tickets can be obtained: in Cranzahl in the flower and gift shop inside the station building, in Oberwiesenthal there is a real ticket office at the station which also sells souvenirs.
ErzgebirgsCard holders can simply hop on, the card is checked on board the train.
Check the timetable carefully, and check it again. There are some limitations about certain trains which are tricky to understand. I only noticed last minute that the train I had planned to take wasn't running that day and that I had to run to catch an earlier one.
The railway company have issued a flyer with lots of information and background about the locomotives and train cars, the route and what you see along it, the history of the railway, a map etc. etc. in four languages - make sure you grab one. The English version can alos be downloaded here
More photos are in my travelogues!
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