Germany, Ore Mountains – A Short Trip and a Ride On a Steam Train
We leave the car in front of the stylish train station at the station named by city - Oberwiesenthal, because we are also planning to come back there exactly. We are going on a trip and come back with a steam locomotive. It runs several times a day (we recommend downloading the timetable from the website) on the local narrow-gauge track Fichtelbergbahn from Cranzahl, which is part of the village of Sehmatal. Cranzahl is located at an altitude of 654 meters and the locomotive continues through several other stations to Oberwiesenthal, 17 kilometers away, at an altitude of 892 meters, before which it overcomes the Hüttenbachtal viaduct. The track has been open since 1897 and one ride costs 8 euros. We recommend buying a ticket at a larger station - for example, already in Oberwiesenthal.
We head up towards the cable car that leads to Fichtelberg. We reach the pointer to the forest border, where it is clearly marked where we get to Neudorf. There is, however, more possibilities to extend or shorten the journey, the forest paths are full.
As indicated here, one of the railway stations is also located in Vierenstrasse (just 3.8 km away). Vierenstrasse is part of our destination village Neudorf, where there are several stops. We are also passing through this station and until we meet a single tourist.
We go along a quiet forest road and the first sign of another civilization is a puffing steam locomotive just leaving the Vierenstrasse station. From here we can escape from the shade of the forest to the still warm autumn sunshine and liven up the path by crossing the ski slope, which offers beautiful views of the surroundings. Above, we reconnect to the original route, which will take us to the village of Neudorf, the railway station is easy to find. You can make your stay in Neudorf more pleasant by visiting the Soup Museum or the production of scented candles and Christmas franchises.
The steam locomotive arrives on time and we go back. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes and is definitely a great experience.
Text a foto: Veronika Schubertová
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