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Historic railways

A special attraction of Thuringia is the various railways, each of them a unique technical monument. They are as much part of the Free State as the beautiful landscapes which they are running through.

Cross the Harz Mountains on board of the Harz Narrow Gauge Railway and experience the flair of railway travel a hundred years ago. See the Oberweissbach Mountain and Schwarza Valley Railway – the steepest funicular railway for transportation of normal-gauge railway carriages. Take a ride on a historic tram and discover Thuringia’s capital Erfurt in the pace of the Sixties. Or visit the Steam Railways Museum in Arnstadt and be amazed by the historic locomotive shed with its nostalgic steam, diesel and shunting engines.

Oberweissbach Mountain and Schwarza Valley Railway

The Oberweissbach Mountain and Schwarza Valley Railway provides an unforgettable experience for all rail fans. The route leads through the picturesque Schwarza Valley before the train masters the ascent to Cursdorf on the steepest funicular railway in the world.

Harz Narrow Gauge Railway

The steam engines of the Harz Narrow Gauge Railways run on Europe’s longest historical rail network, which is about 140 kilometres long. Ascending the Brocken Mountain, visitors are on the trail of Goethe and visit the original settings for his play “Faust”.

Historic tramway in Erfurt

The Erfurt electric tramway has been making its way tirelessly around the city since 1894. A tour of Erfurt on this historic tramway will take you to the most important sights. A short walk through the historical old town as far as the Merchants’ Bridge rounds off this guided tour.

Steam Locomotive Days

The Meiningen steam locomotive club (Meininger Dampflokverein) offers in cooperation with the Meiningen steam locomotive works a come-together for locomotive fans on every year's first weekend of September.

Belvedere Express Weimar

The two replicas of a 1925 Talbot with up to 35 seats provide a comfortable and exclusive regular service several times every day and go to almost all of Weimar’s major sights.

The service includes guided tours at Belvedere Palace and Sundays also at Am Horn House or Tiefurt Castle. The bus cinema experience is also available for English-speaking guests.

Railway museums

Meiningen Steam Locomotive Works

Guided tours through the last locomotive works for maintenance, repair and overhaul in Western Europe take place monthly at 10 a.m. on every first and third Saturday.

Steam Railways Museum Arnstadt

Discover a very special museum operated by the members of the Arnstadt historic engine shed support club.

Weimar Railway Workshop

Visit the Weimar Railway Workshop, where the largest collection of historic steam engines in Thuringia can be found.

Railway Nostalgia

Experience an unforgettable nostalgic day on a steam train ride through Thuringia.

Thuringian Forest Railway and Gotha Tramway Company

Experience one of the finest local country railway journeys in Germany on the 22.7 kilometres long route from Gotha to Tabarz.


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