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The Dresden Suspension Railway (German: Schwebebahn Dresden) is a suspended funicular located in Dresden, Germany, and connects the districts of Loschwitz and Oberloschwitz (Rochwitz side). It is one of the oldest suspension railways, having entered service on 6 May 1901, the same year the Wuppertal Schwebebahn entered service. Like the Wuppertal railway, this system was designed by Eugen Langen. The line is 274 metres (899 ft) long and is supported on 33 pillars.

Despite its unusual suspended format, the Dresden Suspension Railway is operated as a conventional funicular railway. The two cars are attached to each other by a cable, which runs around a drum at the top of the incline. The ascending car is pulled up the hill by the weight of the descending car, assisted if necessary by an electric drive to the drum.

The line has the following technical parameters:

  • Length: 274 metres (899 ft)

  • Height: 84 metres (276 ft)

  • Maximum Steepness: 39.2%

  • Cars: 2

  • Capacity: 40 passengers per car

  • Configuration: Double suspension track (Monorail)

  • Maximum speed: 2.5 metres per second (8.2 ft/s)

  • Traction: Electricity

The Schwebebahn was not damaged in World War II, but it was out of service from 1984 to 1992 due to reconstruction. In 1990 and 2002, extensive repair works took place and there is now a new lookout point on the roof of the station.

The Schwebebahn is one of two funicular railways in Dresden, the other being the much more conventional Dresden Cable Car. 


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We move to Dresden - by trams, buses, mountain railways and ferries. We have over half a million passengers on weekdays. As a mobility service provider, we offer citizens and guests of the state capital Dresden fast, safe and punctual public transport. With our transport services, we help free roads from traffic, protect the climate and make Dresden livable. Our customers value a dense network, short cycle times, modern vehicles, barrier-free stops and comprehensive information. We are also shaping the transition to mobility with complementary offerings such as bike and car rental.

In the middle of the 19th century, on the top of the Oberlovschitz hill, on the right bank of the Elbe, several fashionable villas with beautiful parks were built. And in 1901 a monorail suspended road was built along its slope. The author of the original design is the inventor Eugen Langen, known for his participation in the work on the internal combustion engine. His brainchild survived two world wars and only 100 years later was stopped for reconstruction. Since 2002, the Dresden cable car is back in service.

The Lovschitz cable car in Dresden is located near the Blue Miracle Bridge on the Elbe. You can climb to the observation deck, from where there is a beautiful view of Dresden and the Elbe.