Wiesbaden’s Neroberg mountain railway rides

The Rope Railway Nerobergbahn at the top station on Neroberg Wiesbaden. Photo by Klaus Hoffmann via 123RF.
The Rope Railway Nerobergbahn at the top station on Neroberg Wiesbaden. Photo by Klaus Hoffmann via 123RF.

Wiesbaden’s Neroberg mountain railway rides

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

For stunning views of Wiesbaden, the spa city’s very own “mountain” known as the Neroberg is hard to beat. From its 800-foot summit, day-trippers are treated to eagle-eye views of the city’s roofs and church steeples, sloping vineyards and the distant mountains of the Taunus range.

For more than 130 years, Wiesbaden residents and visitors have enjoyed a fun and convenient way to reach the top of the Neroberg: by hopping aboard an adorable, old-timey train known as the Nerobergbahn. Powered by water, it’s Europe’s second-oldest funicular railway of its kind.

You don’t need to be an engineer to appreciate the functioning of this little gem. Two bright yellow carriages take turns ascending and descending along a quarter-mile track. The carriage located at the top of the mountain is filled with 1850 gallons of water before it travels down a steel cable, propelling the second carriage located at the foot of the hill upward as it goes down. Once the carriage reaches the bottom, the water is pumped back up to the top of the hill and the process begins anew. Cogs keep the carriages firmly attached to the tracks built onto a slope with a 25 percent gradient at its steepest.

A seasonal attraction that generally runs between the months of March and October, the Nerobergbahn delights riders of all ages as it hauls them from valley through the forest to top of the hill.

Once the 3 ½ minute ride is over and the views have been taken in, visitors have several tempting options at their disposal. The Monopteros, a white temple with graceful arches, is worth a closer look. Der Turm is a cafe with an outdoor terrace. The Kletterwald, or climbing forest, has been operational once again since June.  The golden-domed Russian Orthodox Church impresses from both outside and in. When the day is hot and sweaty, the Opelbad swimming pool, a fine example of Bauhaus architecture, offers bathers the chance to cool off in style.

Reaching the Nerobergbahn is pretty straightforward. The valley station is located at Nerotal 66, at which limited free parking is available. Another way to get there is by boarding bus number 1 from the main train station and riding it to the final station. A one-way trip on the Nerobergbahn costs 4.50 euros for adults, 2.50 euros for children ages 6 – 14, and 12 euros for a family of two adults and up to three children. For now at least, several COVID-19 regulations apply. Riders must wear medical masks, fill out contact tracing forms, and show proof of either a negative Corona test taken within the previous 24 hours or completion of the vaccination regime. The maximum number of guests on board is presently limited to 20, which can result in longer-than-usual waiting times. For the latest conditions, see https://www.nerobergbahn.de/.

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