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Chemin de fer de Ritten (Rittnerbahn)
Chemin de fer de Ritten (Rittnerbahn)

Chemin de fer de Ritten (Rittnerbahn)

Le chemin de fer de Ritten, connu sous le nom de Rittnerbahn en allemand, dessert le tronçon entre Bolzano et Ritten dans le nord de l'Italie depuis 1907. Construit à l'origine comme un tramway, le chemin de fer de Ritten relie deux parties de la région du Tyrol du Sud en Italie - Bolzano et le plateau de Ritten - afin que les habitants de Bolzano puissent passer des week-ends dans la ville de montagne de Ritten. Le chemin de fer monte à plus de 3 240 pieds.

Aujourd'hui, il y a aussi une route qui relie Bolzano et Ritten, et le chemin de fer est tombé en désuétude. Une télécabine aérienne est en construction, mais le chemin de fer de Ritten a été rénové et est généralement utilisé par les touristes et les passionnés de chemin de fer - y compris le tramway d'origine, qui est toujours utilisé.

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Via del Paese 5, Railway station, Ritten, Italy

The basics

Originally built as a tramway, the Ritten Railway (also known as the Renon Railway or the Rittnerbahn in German) connects Bolzano to Soprabolzano (Oberbozen) and Collalbo (Klobenstein) on the Ritten plateau above. The only historic rail line still running in South Tyrol’s Dolomites, the route includes a modern cable car that runs directly from Bolzano to the historic upper rail route beginning in Soprabolzano, where train cars continue to Collalbo on the scenic plateau above. Catch this cable car and rail line for some of the most dramatic scenery in the Dolomites, including the “earth pyramid” rock formations, the Corno del Renon peak, and the Costalovara (Wolfsgrubner) Lake.

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Things to know before you go

  • The cable car ride from Bolzano to Soprabolzano takes 12 minutes; the train ride from Soprabolzano to Collalbo takes about 15 minutes.
  • The cable car and train timetables are coordinated.
  • The train also stops in Costalovara (Wolfsgruben), Stella (Lichtenstern), and Rappersbichl.
  • The cable cars are accessible to wheelchair users, but some of the historic trains are not. Confirm in advance.
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How to get there

You can access the Ritten Railway by taking the scenic cable car from Bolzano, or by driving up to Soprabolzano and catching the train directly from the station.

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When to get there

The Ritten Railway runs daily all year round. For lush Alpine scenery, catch the train during the summer months. For dramatic winter views, ride from November to April.

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The History of the Ritten Railway

The original Ritten Renon rail route began with a tram in Bolzano, which was coupled to a cog engine to climb the 3,000-plus feet of rack railway to the Ritten plateau. Once on the plateau, the car would uncouple and continue on from the village of Maria Himmelfahrt once again as a tram. The rack railway was replaced with a cable car in 1966 after a fatal derailing, and the lower tram route was permanently discontinued, though the upper route still takes train enthusiasts and tourists to the Ritten plateau today.

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