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
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 2023 fährt auf der Weißeritztalbahn ein offener Aussichtswagen mit. (Änderungen vorbehalten).
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 January 2022
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.
You can get directly to the Weisseritz Valley Railway in Freital-Hainsberg from Dresden's main railway station by taking S-Bahn S 3 and the RB 30 train.
Buses 344, 345, 348 and 363, and the Freital buses A and D also stop at the railway station in Freital-Hainsberg.
Taking a cycle is no problem because the train has a luggage and bike car with space for 30 bikes.
Broschüre „Auf Entdeckertour mit der 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.
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.
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:
SDG Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft mbH (SDG)
Am Bahnhof 1
On 14 April 2023, we invite you and your family to take tours by train, bus, tram and ferry. All you need is a family day ticket for one tariff zone. Another bonus: When travelling with the special means of transport, you will travel even cheaper on Discovery Day.