Ritten’s narrow-gauge railway

History stays alive on a train ride

The day was August 13, the year 1907, when an important part of Ritten’s history was written: the inauguration of the Rittner Bahn, the railway Ritten leading from the main square Piazza Walther in the heart of Bolzano directly to the plateau of Ritten. From Bolzano to Maria Himmelfahrt  the train puffed up the mountain on a cog drive, mastering an elevation gain of 1000 meters. Once at the top, the tracks led flat and even on to Oberbozen/Soprabolzano, Lichtenstern/Stella and finally Klobenstein/Collalbo.

The Railway Renon was designed on the model of Swiss mountain railways during the Belle Epoque, a time when mountains were made more accessible for wealthy tourists. However, through the decades, the construction of this railway would prove a great benefit for the local population as well.
In 1966, the cog railway was shut down and a then modern cable car was built, connecting the city and the mountain from Bolzano to Soprabolzano. In May 2009, this original cable car was replaced by the present modern gondola ropeway. Meanwhile, the historic narrow-gauge railway still runs from Collalbo to Maria Assunta, operating partly with original cars and partly with more modern ones.
It is the only one of its kind left in South Tyrol. The spectacular view of the Dolomites along the track is reason enough to catch a ride on this witness of past times. Plus, at every stop you can get off and start a hike on one of numerous trails leading right into the natural green of meadows and forests.
Timetable & tickets
The Railway Ritten travels all year round. It connects the villages of Klobenstein and Oberbozen in 18 minutes.

Single tickets:
One way: € 3,50
Return: € 6,00
Free of charge for children under 6 years, Ritten Card and Mobil Card holders.

Group tickets for 10 persons and more:
One way: € 2,50 per person
Return: € 5,00 per person
Combined ticket cable car / train for groups:
One way: € 7,00 per person
Return: € 14,00 per person
It is not possible to reserve a seat or buy a ticket in advance.
Facts & FiguresFacts & FiguresGauge: 1 m
Route length: 6,8 km
max. ascent: 4,5 %
Contact wire tension: 850 V
Speed: 30 km/h
Travel time: 18 min. from Oberbozen to Klobenstein
                     4 min. from Oberbozen to Maria Himmelfahrt
Operating time: daily, all year round
Since 13th august 1907
Historic rail cars: Four-axle and two-axle vehicles, Alioth
FleetFleetThe historic railway has been completed with modern 
Trogener rail cars from Switzerland
Years of construction: 1975/1977
Length: 30,20 m
Width: 2,20 m
Height: 4 m
No. traction motors: 4
Axle arrangement: Bo'Bo' - 2' 2'
Wagon construction: FFA Altenrhein/Switzerland
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