Of historic train rides and narrow-gauge railways
Steam on, we say to all railway buffs. Saxony and Thuringia are a paradise for anyone who loves nostalgic train rides through enchanting scenery
Saxony has its very own Saxon Steam Railway Route where you can travel in good old-fashioned style on a historic narrow gauge steam train along along 430 miles. The route is based on a network of old narrow gauge railway lines such as the Fichtelberg railway that leads to the ski resort of Oberwiesenthal in the Ore Mountains. Other destinations serviced on the different stretches of the route are Freital, Zittau or Bad Muskau. Best: You can go on a romantic ride all throughout the year!
Over in Thuringia, the town of Meiningen provides a special treat for steam train aficionados in the shape of the Meiningen Steam Locomotive Works: The railway repair shop specialises in the maintenance of museum steam locomotives and visitors can tour it twice a month on Saturdays. Only 45 minutes along the road, Arnstadt is home to a Steam Railway Museum which is run by the local historic locomotive shed support club. For a ride on the world’s steepest funicular railway, hop on the Oberweissbach Mountain and Schwarza Valley Railway running through the picturesque Schwarza Valley up to Cursdorf. Last but not least, the Thuringian Forest Railway and Gotha Tramway Company takes you on the scenic 14-mile ride from Gotha to Tabarz.