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Kurwaldbahn Railway

One of the steepest cable cars in the world

Above the roofs of Bad Ems

With a 78 percent gradient, the Kurwaldbahn is one of the steepest funicular railways in the world. Already the ascent reveals new insights and views with every meter. Over a distance of 220 metres in length and 132 metres in altitude, the cable car connects the Kurviertel with the Bismarckhöhe in a shuttle service. It could hardly be faster and more environmentally friendly. When you arrive at the top station, you have a great view of the spa town, Lahn valley and Taunus. It's a good thing that an excursion restaurant with a panoramic terrace invites you to linger. The top station is also the starting point for a number of hiking trails and the Nordic Walking course.


78 %


220 meters


132 meters


Ticket prices

Travel Price
Single trip 2,50 Euro
Double trip/mountain and valley 4,00 Euro
10er card 16,00 Euro
weekly ticket 19,00 Euro
4 week ticket 56,00 Euro
Annual ticket 296,00 Euro

Travel times  

Weekdays Time
Monday to Saturday 06:15 to 21:00
Sundays 09:00 to 22.00
Special/event trips by arrangement

Around the mountain station

When you arrive at the Bismarckhöhe by train, you can experience this