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 Ritten is open all the year.

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.

Ritten Railway Facts:
Time spent on train: around 18 minutes
Average speed: 30 km/h Track gauge: 1 m
Total track length: 6.8 km Maximum incline: 4.5 %
The train operates: all year round, 7 days a week
One-way ticket: € 3.50
Return ticket: € 6.00
Save money on ticket rates with a value card, the Mobilcard or RittenCard. Children up to 6 ride free of charge.
Group discounts for groups of 10+ people: one way € 2,- and return € 4,- for person.
Hotel Bemelmans
Hotel Tann
This website uses cookies. The use of cookies is regulated in European Directive 2009/136/EC (E-Privacy). For legitimate interest, we also use Google Analytics to analyze our website; the IP address will be transfered shortened to Google. By clicking on "OK" you agree. To protect your privacy, you can customize your preference management regarding online advertising in the current browser here. To stop third-party tracking technologies used on this website from using your information for personalized online advertising, click "Opt-Out".
» Privacy