Kirnitzsch Valley Tramway
Exactly where you would least expect it, right in the middle of the fascinating, rocky landscape of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, a tram has been taking walkers, tourists and spa visitors from Bad Schandau into the Saxon Switzerland National Park since 1898.
Though the line reeks of nostalgia, it has extremely innovative technology. Almost 30 % of total annual power requirements are generated using a large photovoltaic installation on the roof of the depot.
The 8 km long Kirnitzsch Valley Tramway starts at the Bad Schandau Kurpark and trickles along the wildly romantic Kirnitzsch valley to the terminus at the Lichtenhain waterfall. From the valley's tram stops, footpaths lead to glorious cliffs and views including the small and big Winterberg, the Affenstein and Schrammstein rocks, and the Kuhstall ("Cowshed"), an eleven metre high natural arch.
About the Kirnitzsch Valley Tramway:
Length: 8 km
Track width: 1,000 mm
Of interest: Up to 30 % of the trams' energy needs come from solar power.
Operator: Regionalverkehr Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge GmbH (RVSOE)