Discover the Pöstlingberg!

Take a ride with the Pöstlingbergbahn, enjoy the museum and much more!

The mountain railway up the Pöstlingberg

Mountains, dwarves and magic

A family trip up the Pöstlingberg and its attractions is a magical experience. And here, the journey really is (part of) the reward. Take the Pöstlingberg mountain railway to climb the landmark mountain of Linz. Since 1898, it has been fascinating visitors from all over the world with its remarkable and idyllic route. Half-way up the Pöstlingberg you can find the Zoo of Linz. About 600 exotic and native animals from about 110 species beckon guests to take a break amidst lush green landscapes. Upon arrival at the mountain station of the Pöstlingbergbahn, it is only a short walk to the pilgrimage basilica Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Built between 1742 and 1747, the church on the Pöstlingberg has become one of the landmarks of the city and an important pilgrimage site.

The Pöstlingbergmuseum

We cordially invite all friends of the Pöstlingbergbahn to the museum set up with a lot of love and care in the former valley station, providing a really graceful setting. The museum was set up as an information centre about the operation of the Pöstlingbergbahn in the past and in present times and shows an interesting collection of exhibits. The contrast between historical objects and new modern material makes for an exciting presentation.

Fans of the old mountain railway will find rails, pantographs and wall displays as well as a shaft with a sprocket and a clasp brake. A simulator allows visitors to experience a downhill journey from the perspective of a driver. In our small cinema, visitors get acquainted with the history and present-day operation of the Pöstlingbergbahn.

Opening hours: 1 March to 1 November

  • Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Weekdays on request (for groups of 10 persons or more)

Free admission!

Tickets are available at the ticket vending machines, at the LINZ AG LINIEN-Infocenter at the Main Square, at the Tourist Information in the Old Town Hall (Main Square) and at selected tobacconists. Please choose from the following ticket options:

Ticket for Pöstlingbergbahn only
Price
Uphill and downhill journey
EUR 6.40
Uphill and downhill journey, reduced fare
EUR 3.20
Uphill or downhill journey
EUR 3.90
Uphill or downhill journey, reduced fare
EUR 2.00
   
Combined Ticket*
 
Erlebnisticket
EUR 9.70
Erlebnisticket, reduced fare
EUR 4.90

*Includes:

  • Uphill and downhill journey
  • 24-hour ticket valid across the entire network of LINZ AG LINIEN within the city centre (Kernzone)

Valid for 24 hours upon time printed onto the ticket or time of validation for travelling within the centre zone (Kernzone) of LINZ AG LINIEN and one uphill and one downhill journey on the Pöstlingbergbahn. The last journey must be completed before the expiry of the 24-hour period.

PLEASE NOTE: The Pöstlingberg Erlebnisticket is valid only during the relevant operating hours. Rides on the Grottenbahn are NOT allowed.

Monday to Saturday:

  • departing from Pöstlingberg: in 30-minute intervals starting at 5:30 a.m.
  • departing from Hauptplatz: in 30-minute intervals starting at 6 a.m.

Sunday and public holidays:

  • departing from Pöstlingberg: in 30-min intervals starting at 7 a.m.
  • departing from Hauptplatz: in 30-minute intervals starting at 7:30 a.m.
  • Last uphill journey at 10 p.m., last downhill journey at 10:30 p.m.

NOTE! The Pöstlingbergbahn operates in 15-minute intervals:

  • from 1 March to 31 October on Saturday, Sunday and on public holidays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • on Sundays in Advent between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • from Monday to Friday between Hauptplatz and Bruckneruniversität from 7:30 a.m. tp 9 a.m. (except on school holidays)

The following persons are entitled to reduced fares:

  • children under 15 years - Upon request, age must be certified by means of an official photo-ID.
  • disabled persons with an Austrian disability ID issued by the Federal Office for Social Affairs (Bundessozialamt) certifying a minimum disability rating of 70% or mentioning that the owner of the ID is entitled to reduced fares according to the Austrian law on persons with disabilities
  • severely injured or disabled war veterans with an ID for severely disabled war veterans
  • seniors with the senior citizens ID of LINZ AG LINIEN
  • owners of an Aktivpass issued by the city of Linz, type D or F
  • dogs must be kept on a short leash and have to wear a muzzle or adequate bite protection

Extended transport entitlement:

  • with any valid ticket: up to two children under 6 years. This extended transport entitlement does not apply to kindergarten groups. A children’s ticket must be bought for each kindergarten child;
  • disabled persons can travel with an accompanying person and/or an assistance dog without extra charge provided the disabled persons are travelling in a wheelchair or their disability ID mentions that they require an accompanying person;
  • severely injured and severely disabled war veterans can travel with an accompanying person and / or an assistance dog free of charge provided this is mentioned in their ID for severely disabled war veterans.

Regulations for holders of passes:

Holders of valid monthly or annual passes issued by either LINZ AG LINIEN or the Upper Austrian transport association OÖVV are entitled to use the Pöstlingbergbahn without any extra charge. Any extended transportation entitlement associated with such a pass is valid also for the Pöstlingbergbahn.

The beginning of something big …

In 1891, the engineer Josef Urbanski was the first to start planning a steam driven rack and pinion railway up the Pöstlingberg. His proposal was generally well received but a Consortium for the construction of electric facilities in Linz proposed an electrically driven adhesion railway – a project that was finally implemented. At that time, there was no other adhesion railway in Europe with as steep a gradient as the Pöstlingberg route, i.e. 105 ‰.

Construction work started in 1897 and proved to be intense and very demanding for the workers, since all the ground work was done manually at that time. Heavy materials such as cable reels and catenary supports had to be transported by oxcarts. Despite these difficult circumstances, the works proceeded quickly and after not even a year, in other words only 10 months after the beginning of the works, the Pöstlingbergbahn took up operation on 29 May 1898.

Adaptations over time

Since its construction, the line has undergone several technical adaptations and improvements: Considerable wear of the rails called for the introduction of guard rails and changes in the wheelsets just after World War I. Also, the wooden catenary supports were replaced by steel pylons, the stops Hagen and Pöstlingberg were enlarged and the trolley poles replaced by collector shoes. After the renovation of twelve carriages between 1950 and 1960, the valley station was fundamentally renovated for the first time in 1978. In 1988/1989, the valley station was modernised, yet its outside design remained unchanged. In 1988, the operation mode was switched to one-man-operation, which necessitated the introduction of a special safety break and electrical switches.

Passenger numbers reflect the state of the economy. World War I brought a lot of foreigners to Linz and the Pöstlingbergbahn reached its first passenger records. The economic crisis following the end of the war made passenger numbers drop considerably. It was only during World War II that passenger numbers started increasing again and reached an all-time record high of almost 1.3 million passengers in 1943. Between the end of the war and 1956 there was little change in passenger numbers which ranged around 1 million, but the ensuing wave of individual motorisation meant considerable passenger losses for the Pöstlingbergbahn and all other tourist trains. Then the development of residential areas on the Pöstlingberg led to a constant passenger flow also outside of summer peaks and passenger numbers ranging around 500.000 passengers per year.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Pöstlingbergbahn, numerous festivities tool place in 1998. A special issue stamp was printed for the occasion, a special postmark released and the concession extended to 2008.

Great innovations

After 110 years of operation, the Pöstlingberg narrow gauge railway (1000 mm) with its extraordinary wheel-rail-system went out of operation. Between March 2008 and March 2009, the entire route was changed to the new 900 mm gauge.

This allowed integrating the railway into the LINZ AG tramway network. Since March 2009, the train up the Pöstlingberg has been departing from the main square of the city (Hauptplatz). Over a distance of 4.14 km, the Pöstlingbergbagn negotiates an altitude difference of 255 meters in 20 minutes. The maximum gradient is 11.6 %. Even today, the Pöstlingbergbahn is among the steepest adhesion railways in the world.

The trains operate on a single-track with three passing loops allowing operation in 15-minute intervals with three coaches in each direction at peak times. Normal operation is in 30-minute intervals. Today three refurbished historic railcars and 4 low-floor carriages are in use.

Technical data - since 2009
track lengh
4,140.00 m
altitude difference
254.68 m
smallest radius
43.00 m
masimum gradient
11.6 %
track gauge
900 m
engine rating
2 x 68 HP
contact wire voltage
600 volts
carriage weight, empty
14,400 kg
carriage weight, occupied
16,700 kg
max. speed uphill
25 km/h
max. speed downhill
50 km/h

Hearonymus-App


On your ride up the Pöstlingberg, make use of the Hearonymus-App, our free-of-charge audio guide. 29 audio guide chapters await you: 7 chapters along the route of the mountain railway, 3 chapters on the walkway at the top of the Pöstlingberg and 19 chapters inside the Grottenbahn. Have fun and enjoy this special audio tour!

And this is how it works:

  • Simply download the free Hearonymus App to your smartphone, either directly from the store or using the adjacent QR codes.
  • Search for the keyword ‘Linz’ or just select ‘Linz’.
  • Plug in your earphones and enjoy perfect sound!

LINZ AG LINIEN Infocenter
LINZ AG LINIEN Infocenter
Hauptplatz 34
4020 Linz
Tel. 0732/3400-7000