Pöstlingberg & Grottenbahn in Linz 

Autumn 2021. In theory we could travel to other continents, but destinations we had in mind such as Japan or the United Kingdom were impossible to plan ahead. Instead we organised a rail trip to Eastern Europe, travelling to Berlin, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Karlovy Vary, Pilsen, Bratislava, Poprad, Vienna, Linz and Salzburg. By travelling to Germany, Poland, Czechia, Slovakia and Austria, we explore an area which was in the (not too distant) past bonded together by the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation and by Austria-Hungary.

We travelled from Vienna to Linz in Upper Austria using Deutsche Bahn‘s ICE to Frankfurt. As we have reviewed ICE travel so often, we’re not writing another.

In Linz we checked in at Motel One and we went straight up the Pöstlingberg using the Pöstlingbergbahn. We were inspired by Gerhard Liebenberger‘s video on the subject. 


The Pöstlingberg is a 539 metres (1,768 ft) high hill on the left bank of the Danube inLinz. It is a popular tourist destination, with a viewing platform over the city, and is the site of the Pöstlingberg pilgrimage church, and the Grottenbahn.

The Pöstlingberg is reached from the city centre by line 50 of the Linz tramway, running over the Pöstlingbergbahn mountain tramway. 

The Pöstlingbergbahn opened in 1898. For 110 years the metre-gauge railway ran from a terminal station in Linz’s Urfahr neighbourhood, located across from the terminus of urban tram route 3, to Pöstlingberg. In 2009, service was extended from Urfahr to the city centre. 

To permit this change, the railway was regauged from 1,000 mm (3 ft 3+3⁄8 in) metre gauge to 900 mm (2 ft 11+7⁄16 in) and a track connection to the Linz tram network was built. With a maximum grade of 11.6% the Pöstlingbergbahn is one of the steepest adhesion railways in the world.

There are steeper grades on at least one other tram system, that of Lisbon in Portugal, but the Pöstlingbergbahn is still among the world’s steepest adhesion railways and has the steepest grade of any in Austria. 

The ride

The ride was “cute”. Tram 50 meanders on its way to the top. The tram stops are signposted in a gothic typeface, the annoiuncements are long. Signs mark the gradient. 


On the Pöstlingberg mountain there’s a zoo, a church, some restaurants and there’s the Grottenbahn or Grotto Railway. 

“A trip on the Dragon Express through Linz’s Grottenbahn spirits visitors away into the realm of dwarves, forest animals and fairy tales. The Grottenbahn will enchant you with scenes from famous fairy tales, and takes visitors back to the olden days with a stroll on Linz Hauptplatz in miniature at the turn of the century. A great excursion destination for families”, the Linz website says.

The ride does three small loops, each time highlighting different aspects of the dwarf community. Afterwards there’s a fairytale marketplace with diaromas of famous and less famous fairytales. It’s all kind of cute.

2021 Rail Tour of Imperial Europe

  1. POTSDAM 2021 | Schloss Sanssouci.
  2. 1945 Potsdam Conference’s Cecilienhof Palace.
  3. Potsdam 2021.
  4. REVIEW | InterContinental Berlin.
  5. BERLIN 2021 | Pergamon, ‘Das Panorama’.
  6. BERLIN 2021 | Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace.
  7. BERLIN 2021 | The Bundestag in the Reichstag.
  8. Berlin 2021.
  9. By train from Berlin to Gdansk via Szczecin.
  10. Stopover in Szczecin.
  11. REVIEW | Restauracja Ritz in Gdańsk.
  12. REVIEW | Holiday Inn Gdansk.
  13. GDAŃSK | Museum of the Second World War.
  14. GDAŃSK | European Solidarity Centre or Europejskie Centrum Solidarności.
  15. A walk through Gdańsk.
  16. Gdańsk 2021.
  17. POLAND | PKP Intercity Gdansk to Wroclaw via Warsaw.
  18. Wrocław Museum of Architecture.
  19. The Dwarfs of Wrocław.
  20. Wrocław.
  21. Poland 2021.
  22. By train from Wroclaw to Karlovy Vary.
  23. Karlovy Vary.
  24. REVIEW | Hotel Imperial Karlovy Vary.
  25. Czechia’s Great Spa Town of Europe Františkovy Lázně.
  26. CZECHIA | Pilsen Historical Underground Tunnels.
  27. CZECHIA | Pilsner Urquell Brewery Tour.
  28. CZECHIA | Pilsen.
  29. CZECHIA 2021 | Cheb and its castle.
  30. Hotel room for one.
  31. By train from Karlovy Vary to Prague via Pilsen.
  32. Czechia 2021.
  33. RegioJet from Prague to Bratislava.
  34. Bratislava Castle.
  35. REVIEW | Crowne Plaza Bratislava.
  36. Bratislava on a rainy Monday.
  37. ZSSK Fast Train Tatran from Bratislava to Strba.
  38. The Tatra rack and electric Railway from Strba via Strbske Pleso to Poprad tatry.
  39. SLOVAKIA | AquaCity Poprad.
  40. REVIEW | Hotel Seasons AquaCity Poprad.
  41. Slovakia 2021.
  42. Poprad – Bratislava – Vienna with ZSSK’s intercity train.
  43. VIENNA | Restaurant Steirereck.
  44. REVIEW | InterContinental Wien.
  45. VIENNA | Luxury Sisi’s in Schönbrunn Palace.
  46. The Hofburg in Vienna.
  47. Vienna’s Furniture Museum.
  48. Vienna 2021.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Wonderful! I love it! So beautiful place!
    Last video was amazing! Love the tunel, lights, every detail,..
    Thank’s for share Timothy.
    Have a lovely day!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      Yes it’s very cute.

      Have a fairy day, Elvira.


      Liked by 1 person

      1. elvira797mx says:

        Exactly a fairy day.. So kind.
        Thank’s. Aww! You as well, Timothy.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. My uncle took me there when I was a little kid and that trip left a strong impression. Well, my hometown is just 100 km from there but it was a big trip for me then. Thank you for brushing up my memories 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Timothy says:

      Oh it’s nice you still remember it. I can imagine that as a kid it’s really impressive.


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