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Historic means of transport

Fancy slowing down?

Full steam ahead into the past!

Steamers, historic railways and more.

How about gliding elegantly across the Elbe on one of the oldest paddle steamers in the world? The ships of the "White Fleet" are true time machines - just like the Weißeritz Valley Railway, Germany's oldest public, steam-powered narrow-gauge railway. Steamers, railways, a time-honoured funicular railway and so much more: take a slow trip!




Cable cars


Narrow-gauge lines

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Saxon steamboat trip

Tuuuuuut always good!

The paddle wheel turns at a leisurely pace, it steams, hisses and stomps: anyone boarding one of the historic Elbe steamers of the famous "White Fleet" on Dresden's Terrassenufer can enjoy a five-hour journey through time: The longest scheduled trip takes you upstream to Bad Schandau. The world's oldest and largest paddle steamer fleet allows you to experience travelling as it did 100 years ago - even folding in the chimney on particularly low bridges is part of the experience. A special treat is the "Wine Route Line" from Dresden to Meißen or Diesbar - both wonderful wine towns!

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Historic narrow-gauge railways

Narrow track, great fun.

Of Saxony's seven remaining active narrow-gauge railways, the Weißeritztalbahn and the Lößnitzgrundbahn are two wonderful routes through Dresden Elbland. Treat yourself to one of the most beautiful ways to slow down: Rather leisurely, but full of power, the steam locomotives puff through valleys, pull the old carriages past lakes and rivers, pass cute old railway stations - and take the whole family on a journey through time. It gets really cosy in winter, when you can enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine on board.

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Historic cable cars

More beautiful on the hill.

If you want to get to the slopes of the Elbe in comfort, you have a choice in the Loschwitz district to the east: two different Dresden cable cars have been operating here for over 120 years - and the valley stations are just 150 metres apart near Körnerplatz. The difference? Above all, the climbing technology: one is a so-called funicular railway, the other a suspension railway. Both are steeped in history - and give a pretty good impression of how durable technology can stand the test of time.

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