Dresden has two mountain railways. Both of them take off from almost the same point (3 min. walk from each other), but each one goes up a different direction. That's why you can't use one to go up and the other to get down. You must take a round trip on EACH of them.
If you've read our review of the Schwebebahn, you already know that between the two mountain railways of Dresden we prefer the Schwebebahn. But we insist that you should try both of them!
The Standseilbahn is a funicular and it has it's own advantages. It has a better riding experience than the Schwebebahn, It is longer, taking you through tunnels and a very steep incline. Problem is...once you are up there, you have nothing to do (unless you live there). It is a ride for fun. Nothing more. Since there are lots of trees up there, you don't even get the opportunity to take some pictures of the Dresden Valley. Some reviewers say that there's a nice restaurant with a wonderful balcony. If taking pictures is your only purpose, you shouldn't enter the restaurant. Go for the Schwebebahn instead (named Bergbahn on the guiding signs).
The bottom like is that we absolutely enjoyed the ride and that what counts!
Cost: please note that day tickets for the public transportation do not include the mountain railways, but they do grant you 50% off the standard fee (for example: 5 euros for adult round trip, instead of 10 euros).
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