Kirnitzsch Valley Tramway

Kirnitzschtalbahn in Bad Schandau

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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
Stations: 9
Track width: 1,000 mm
Of interest: Up to 30 % of the trams' energy needs come from solar power.
Operator: OVPS – Oberelbische Verkehrsgesellschaft Pirna-Sebnitz mbH

The wheels keep turning ...

The Kirnitzsch Valley Tramway will operate a winter timetable from 3rd November to 2nd April 2015 – every 70 minutes, daily, between the Bad Schandau Kurpark and the Lichtenhain waterfall. All the stops en route are ideal places to begin walking in the Saxon Switzerland National Park.


You can buy the following tickets from the staff:

   Reduced Normal
Single Journey 2.50 €1 5.00 €
Day ticket2 4.00 €1 8.00 €
Family day ticket3 20.00 €
10-trip ticket (in advance only)6 16.00 €1 32.00 €
Group ticket per person 1.50 €5 3.00 €4
Monthly pass 11.00 €1 16.00 €
Traditional transport surcharge 0.50 € 1.00 €

1 Price for children aged 6 to 14, and for taking a dog or bicycle.
2 Once validated, the day ticket is valid until the line closes for the day. You do this by getting it clipped on the tram.
3 Valid for 2 adults and 4 children
4 Valid for 11 people and over; journeys cannot be interrupted. Sold on the tram.
5 Valid for 11 children and more (aged from 6 to 14 inclusive) plus 1 accompanying adult, for 15 children and more plus up to 2 accompanying adults, for 21 children and more plus up to 3 accompanying adults; journeys cannot be interrupted. Sold on the tram.
6 10-trip tickets are only available in advance (Kirnitzsch Valley Tramway depot, and in the "Haus des Gastes").

As at: 1st August 2017

Tariff information

Do you have a weekly, monthly or annual pass which includes the Bad Schandau tariff zone (TZ 72)? If so, you can travel free on the Kirnitzsch Valley Tramway.

At weekends and on bank holidays, for those with a normal tariff monthly or annual pass, the rule applies that one other adult pays only the reduced price.

Will you be using a VVO day ticket or the Dresden Regio Card to get there?
If so, again, you only need to pay the reduced price.

Getting here

Come and go by bus & rail

You can get to Bad Schandau with the S 1 S-Bahn. To get to the Kurpark, take the station ferry to cross to the Bad Schandau Elbe pier. From there it is about 5 minutes on foot to the first Kirnitzsch Valley Tramway stop, Bad Schandau "Kurpark".

Special trips

For a particularly authentic trip, charter one of the original carriages from 1928. You can then enjoy the landscape and the 1930s style, with a conductor and an old coin changer, the so-called "galloping change machine".

Barrier-free travel

Passengers with restricted mobility can travel on the Kirnitzsch Valley Railway if they are able to climb on board (2 high steps) themselves or with a little help from another person. Wheelchairs must be folded. Unfortunately, electric wheelchairs cannot be carried.

Wheelchair users do not have to get in touch in advance, as it is assumed that travellers with restricted mobility will not be travelling alone.

Should you have any questions about your journey, please get in touch with the following transport company:

Logo der OVPS - Oberelbische Verkehrsgesellschaft Pirna-Sebnitz mbH OVPS – Oberelbische Verkehrsgesellschaft Pirna-Sebnitz mbH
Betrieb Bad Schandau
Kirnitzschtalstrasse 8
01814 Bad Schandau

Tel.: 035022 / 548 0