"Narrow-Gauge Steam Railway" Zittau Transportation Tip by german_eagle
Zittau Transportation: 6 reviews and 13 photos
One of the nicest way to do the side trip to the mountains south of Zittau is to ride the narrow-gauge steam railway, which operates since 1890. This steam train starts right next to the main train station Zittau where the trains from/to Dresden, Görlitz and Liberec arrive/depart.
The steam train runs in a half circle around the eastern part of Zittau, close to the German border, to Bertsdorf where the railroad splits - one goes to Kurort Oybin and the other to Kurort Jonsdorf. This allows you to take the steam train to one of them, e.g. Jonsdorf, explore the village and hike the two hours to Oybin, see the sights there and take the steam train back to Zittau from there.
Some trains have bistro cars where they offer simple food/beverages, some have open-air cars which are fun to ride.
The steam train company acknowledges the day- and weekly tickets of the regional transportation network ZVON but you have to pay a steam supplement. For example, you can ride the steam train with a ZVON day ticket (10 Euro) but have to pay a 4 Euro supplement (valid all day). For shorter train rides you need to buy individual single tickets from the steam train company (available on the train or in their small station).