Konigstuhl Funicular (Bergbahn)

Konigstuhl Funicular (Bergbahn)

Konigstuhl Funicular (Bergbahn)
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  • scrappy121
    Georgia714 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Up. Shoot Photos of View. Down.
    A German version of the Pike's Peak cog railway albeit at a few thousand feet lower altitude and not as long a up and down duration. It's all about the view, of course. You go up, spend a few minutes taking photos and you go down. Great value when combined with a visit to the big Schloss. A genuine fine climb time.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2023
  • woodie49
    Brighton, United Kingdom791 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get there early to avoid the queue!!!
    Good value as we didnt even realise it included entry to the castle. But of the queue. Had we realised it would take so long we would likely have walked up. There did not seem to be a good queueing method as we saw people just walking past. Still, it was a good experience and we enjoyed the trip.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Ian S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views From Heidelberg Castle
    On Tuesday 8th August, 2023, we docked at Mannheim on our Rhine Cruise. We boarded the coach for the optional excursion to Heidelberg. After a conducted tour of the town we decided to walk along high street to look at the shops and other attractions. It's a picturesque town on the Neckar River. It felt like a fairy tale place with wooded hills on each side of the river and the Castle up above. Eventually we queued up at the Funicular Railway Station. It was very crowded and the queue seemed endless. Finally we purchased our return tickets (9 euros each) to the Castle. It was a short ride - we alighted and walked to the Castle. The views were spectacular of the Neckar River and the town below. Spent some time walking around the Castle's attractions. A nice experience and we enjoyed the visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 27, 2023
  • cojosurfer
    Pismo Beach, California31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally worth it
    Definitely a must while in Heidelberg. If you have kids in tow then it’s most definitely a must. It’s a three section funicular that starts at the Alstadt Kornmkt and lifts to the Schloss Castle. You can debark there and check out the castle which is amazing. Once you have had your fill you can ride a second funicular to a cool little mountain style station to board the last funicular that goes to the kings stool or Kronigs Schtule. It’s the hill behind the castle with the two antennas that is visible from town. The two first funiculars are modern. The last one is a funky replica of the 1900 original. It climbs slopes of between 22-40%. The views from top are amazing if it’s clear. Pro tips: early bird gets the worm. Show up at 0900 and be rewarded with no lines and low human count. Later and it will feel like a July weekend at Disneyland. Get the panorama tickets which gets you the full Monty. Bier Garten and a kids fun zone at the top!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • lowryepp
    Epping, United Kingdom911 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, quite exciting
    Starts at a modern station in the cornmarket, just up from village centre. Not cheap, and signage confusing - 2 stages, different categories / ages. The last section is historic. Staff helped. Be aware that the top level is often in cloud and mist. Views should be good.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 31, 2023
  • Kelly B
    Iowa4,371 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy way to get to the castle
    We took this just up to the castle. Maybe if we had gone up higher, I would have thought it more impressive. They packed the cars quite tightly when we were there, making it difficult to look out. Even so, there wasn’t much to see. This really is just a more convenient way to get up to the castle, rather than hiking it. We had to wait about fifteen minutes at the bottom to board, and ten at the top to come back down. There are some steps to reach the funicular cars.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written November 4, 2023
  • FraserD1969
    52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buy the panoramic ticket for best experience
    There are 2 parts to the funicular. The first section takes you to the castle and higher to a midway point. This is a modern computer controlled vehicle. The second part going to the very top is a delightful experience in a more traditional vehicle. Definitely recommend booking the panoramic ticket. The journey and views from the top are breathtaking.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 13, 2023
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FraserD1969
West London52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
There are 2 parts to the funicular. The first section takes you to the castle and higher to a midway point. This is a modern computer controlled vehicle. The second part going to the very top is a delightful experience in a more traditional vehicle. Definitely recommend booking the panoramic ticket. The journey and views from the top are breathtaking.
Written December 13, 2023
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Kelly B
Iowa4,371 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We took this just up to the castle. Maybe if we had gone up higher, I would have thought it more impressive.

They packed the cars quite tightly when we were there, making it difficult to look out. Even so, there wasn’t much to see. This really is just a more convenient way to get up to the castle, rather than hiking it.

We had to wait about fifteen minutes at the bottom to board, and ten at the top to come back down. There are some steps to reach the funicular cars.
Written November 4, 2023
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lowryepp
Epping, UK911 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Starts at a modern station in the cornmarket, just up from village centre. Not cheap, and signage confusing - 2 stages, different categories / ages. The last section is historic. Staff helped. Be aware that the top level is often in cloud and mist. Views should be good.
Written October 31, 2023
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,775 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
The Heidelberg funicular has a 100-year history and is the most convenient option to climb to the Heidelberg Castle and to the observation deck on the mountain. It is not too cheap and because it is not a division of Deutsche Bank - the German ticket is not valid here. Sadness. The first section runs from the lower station at Kornmarkt in Altstadt through the intermediate station at Heidelberg Castle to the upper station at Molkenkur. This is a modern funicular. if you want to explore the whole city, the Neckar River and even see Mannheim in good weather, then you need to transfer to the second section and climb to a height of 550 meters on the Koenigstuhl mountain. A one-way ticket to Molincourt will cost 9 euros, with a return of 14 euros. To Koenigstuhl on an old funicular - 15 euros. I didn't have much time. So I went up to the castle and walked back down.
Written October 29, 2023
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Boondoggler
Moray, UK534 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
If you’re only going to the castle then the funicular is an expensive way to save you a walk however if you pay the extra few euros to go to the top it is well worth it.

The last section in the period vehicle is much longer and takes you to an area with lovely views and decent food and drink options
Written October 3, 2023
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cojosurfer
Pismo Beach, CA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Definitely a must while in Heidelberg. If you have kids in tow then it’s most definitely a must. It’s a three section funicular that starts at the Alstadt Kornmkt and lifts to the Schloss Castle. You can debark there and check out the castle which is amazing. Once you have had your fill you can ride a second funicular to a cool little mountain style station to board the last funicular that goes to the kings stool or Kronigs Schtule. It’s the hill behind the castle with the two antennas that is visible from town. The two first funiculars are modern. The last one is a funky replica of the 1900 original. It climbs slopes of between 22-40%. The views from top are amazing if it’s clear. Pro tips: early bird gets the worm. Show up at 0900 and be rewarded with no lines and low human count. Later and it will feel like a July weekend at Disneyland. Get the panorama tickets which gets you the full Monty. Bier Garten and a kids fun zone at the top!
Written September 18, 2023
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Ian S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
On Tuesday 8th August, 2023, we docked at Mannheim on our Rhine Cruise. We boarded the coach for the optional excursion to Heidelberg. After a conducted tour of the town we decided to walk along high street to look at the shops and other attractions. It's a picturesque town on the Neckar River. It felt like a fairy tale place with wooded hills on each side of the river and the Castle up above. Eventually we queued up at the Funicular Railway Station. It was very crowded and the queue seemed endless. Finally we purchased our return tickets (9 euros each) to the Castle. It was a short ride - we alighted and walked to the Castle. The views were spectacular of the Neckar River and the town below. Spent some time walking around the Castle's attractions. A nice experience and we enjoyed the visit.
Written August 27, 2023
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woodie49
Brighton, UK791 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Good value as we didnt even realise it included entry to the castle. But of the queue. Had we realised it would take so long we would likely have walked up. There did not seem to be a good queueing method as we saw people just walking past. Still, it was a good experience and we enjoyed the trip.
Written July 24, 2023
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David N
Hawthorne, CA799 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This is the older, slower funicular that takes you the rest of the way up the mountain to the Konigstuhl (King's throne). It was originally built in 1907. Riding these trains is an interesting experience. The cars in each direction are connected by a cable and they pass each other at the halfway point of the journey. The cars themselves are constructed using the original wooden style and it does feel somewhat like you are taking a journey back in time.

There is a small kiosk at the top, where you can purchase snacks or lunch and there are some hiking trails, in addition to the Konigstuhl, that you can explore. If you have the time and interest, I recommend purchasing the round trip combo ticket for both bergbahns.
Written July 14, 2023
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,848 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
One of the best things to do in Heidelberg, particularly if you love this form of transport. There are actually two funiculars on one ticket (which can be purchased at the bottom near the Kornmarkt) - a modern version to the castle and a rickety old and slow model (opened in 1907!) to the top. Don't miss the winding house at the top. And of course great views. Definitely worth doing both. Brilliant!
Written June 20, 2023
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