A place of wild, romantic beauty, the Schwarza valley is also well-served by rail connections: VT 641 railcars operate between Rottenbach and Katzhütte and provide passengers with ever-changing views of their surroundings. Travellers can change for the Thüringer Bergbahn at Obstfelderschmiede valley station.

Taking the Fürstenkutsche carriage to the funicular

In the past, the princes of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt used Schwarzburg Castle as their residence during the summer and hunting season.

A royal touch returned to the Schwarzatal in May 2018. Since then, Princess Henriette and Prince Ludwig Friedrich II have offered royal journeys 300 years into the past.

We have lovingly transformed the railcars of the Schwarzatalbahn into Fürstenkutschen (Prince's carriages). On a ride in these carriages, you will learn more about the region's past, take part in the "Prince's Quiz" and have the chance to win a mountain railway surprise at the end.

The day tickets for the mountain railway include a ride on the Schwarzatalbahn.

Participating in the prince's quiz:

The closing date for submissions is 1 December. Simply pop your completed card into the royal letterbox on the train. Every December, we pick ten winners who answer the quiz questions correctly. We collect, process and use personal data only for the purpose of running the quiz. We publish the names of the winners on our website and Facebook page. It is not possible to receive a cash equivalent or transfer the prize to someone else. Winners are notified by post or phone. Recourse to legal action is excluded. Participants must be aged 17 and over. Train passengers can obtain full details regarding the terms and conditions of participation, as well as our data protection notice. Our privacy policy is also available on our website at Your consent to participating in the prize draw serves as the legal basis for processing your information (as per Article 6.1a GDPR). Party responsible for the prize draw:

DB RegioNetz Verkehrs GmbH, Stephensonstrasse 1, 60326 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Contact in case of questions:

Oberweissbacher Berg- und Schwarzatalbahn, An der Bergbahn 1, 98744 Schwarzatal, Germany; Tel: +49 (0) 36705 20134


All of the Schwarzatalbahn stops and vehicles are accessible to wheelchairs and prams.