Weisseritz Valley Railway


The Weisseritz Valley Railway is the oldest narrow gauge railway still in service in Germany. The small train from Freital-Hainsberg, near Dresden, to the Eastern Ore Mountains has been steaming away since 1883.

The sightseeing train's section is one of the most beautiful in Europe. The train huffs and puffs along the Rabenauer Grund valley over numerous bridges, up and up to the Malter dam, past the station at Dippoldiswalde and now, since June 17th 2017, continues to the spa town of Kipsdorf.

Once the Weisseritz Valley Railway leaves the town of Freital, home to the Dresden Saxon Porcelain Manufactory, it crosses the wildly romantic Rabenauer Grund valley. The German Chair Making Museum in Rabenau is well worth a visit. It continues along the Red Weisseritz river towards the Malter Dam, and then deeper into the hilly countryside of the Eastern Ore Mountains.

Once in Dippoldiswalde, we recommend a ramble over Dippoldiswalde Heath and a visit to the Tanning Museum.

About the Weisseritz Valley Railway:

Length: 26.3 km
Stations: 13
Difference in elevation: 350 m
Track width: 750 mm
Top speed: 30 km/h
Structures: 32 bridges
Operator: Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft mbH



Die Weißeritztalbahn fährt täglich von Freital-Hainsberg über Rabenau, Dippoldiswalde in den Kurort Kipsdorf.

Vom 1. Mai bis 30. September 2024 fährt auf der Weißeritztalbahn ein offener Aussichts­wa­gen mit. (Änderungen vorbehalten).


Die Weißeritztalbahn fährt an folgenden Tagen nach Sonderfahrplan:

Das Schmalspurbahn-Festival findet erst 2025 wieder statt.

Sonderzugverkehr gilt:

  • am 30.11. und 01.12.2024 zu „Bimmelbahn & Lichterglanz“ – Fahrplan wird separat veröffentlicht.

Vollsperrung auf der Weißeritztalbahn

Vom 04. bis 22. März 2024 sowie vom 04. bis 22. November 2024 ist die Strecke der Weißeritztalbahn aufgrund von Wartungs­arbeiten gesperrt. Die Züge fallen ersatzlos aus.


Tickets for the narrow gauge railway are available in 5 price levels for both individual and group travel. They can be purchased from the guard.

All prices are based on the price table:

Fares valid As of 1 May 2023

Ticket purchase: Get tickets here

Tariff Tip for 7 day- , Monthly- or Monthly subscription ticket

Do you have a weekly, monthly or Monthly subscription which includes the tariff zone Freital, Dippoldiswalde or Altenberg (TZ 60, TZ 61, TZ 63)? If so, you can travel free on the Weisseritz Valley railway.

The weekly, monthly and Monthly subscription rules on accompaniment do not apply at weekends or on bank holidays.

Deutschlandticket (GermanyTicket) - with Historic Surcharge

You already have a Deutschlandticket? Then you pay a historical surcharge on the narrow-gauge railways (Lößnitzgrundbahn/ Weißeritztalbahn) at a price of 8 euros per person.

The Historic Surcharge is valid as a day ticket on both narrow-gauge railways.

Getting here

How to get to the Weißeritztalbahn stops

In Freital-Hainsberg, the Weißeritztalbahn can be reached directly from Dresden main station with the S-Bahn S 3 and the train RB 30.

Bus lines 344, 345, 348, 363, 376 and Freital city bus lines 160 (formerly A) and 164 (formerly D) also stop at the station in Freital-Hainsberg.

If you get off the Weißeritztalbahn in the spa town of Kipsdorf, bus lines +360, 367 and 370 will take you into the region, e.g. to Altenberg, Schmiedeberg or to Dresden.


Taking a cycle is no problem because the train has a luggage and bike car with space for 30 bikes.   

Brochure „Auf Entdeckertour mit der Weißeritztalbahn“

Titel VVO-Flyer Fahrradtourenkarte Weisseritztalbahn

Take a journey of discovery to the Eastern Ore Mountains. We can advise you on how to combine a pleasant journey on the Weisseritz Valley Railway and a cycle ride through the Paulsdorfer Heide woods or a ramble along the Rabenauer Grund valley. There are numerous ideas for sightseeing and excursions, and recommendations for interesting stop-offs, plus an overview map for guidance.

Saxon dreams – explore & enjoy

With an exclusive trip on the "Master Brewer's Steam Train" you can sample both the romance of the railways and the art of brewing. The opportunity to taste specialist Saxon beers and hear beer brewing stories will make this train journey one to remember.

Barrier-free travel

We would ask passengers with disabilities and restricted mobility to let us know in advance that they intend to travel, so that they can relax on their VVO narrow gauge railways journey. Please let us know, at least 1 day before you travel, your start and end station and your departure date (departure time) by contacting:

Logo der Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft mbH SDG Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft mbH (SDG)
Am Bahnhof 1
01468 Moritzburg

Tel.: 035207 / 89 29 - 0
Web: www.sdg-bahn.de

All information is subject to Change.