Please also refer to our terms and conditions of carriage.
General information on the use of the Schauinslandbahn
The Schauinslandbahn is a cable car with which you can overcome an altitude difference of 760 m in about 20 minutes. The conductorless cabins are located up to 60 m above rough terrain.
Users in general, and in particular users with physical or other disabilities, or their accompanying persons on their behalf, must inform themselves independently about the conditions of carriage, and in particular about the requirements necessary for use, before using the cableway system (cableway and operating area). Please also refer to our information boards with rules of conduct.
Please use equipment appropriate to the climatic conditions.
The supervision of children is the responsibility of the accompanying persons. In particular, they must ensure that children do not kneel or stand on the seats and that they have a secure hold at all times during the journey.
In order to maintain scheduled service, all passengers should board and disembark quickly. When the impending departure is announced or the door closes, passengers are not permitted to enter or exit the cab.
Each passenger is required to maintain a firm footing in the vehicle at all times. The maintenance of a safe position of carried luggage and means of transport (such as wheelchairs, baby carriages ...) is to be ensured by engaging the parking brake or other suitable measures.
If you have any questions in this regard, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Notes for guests with restrictions and disabilities
Great importance is attached to accessibility at the Schauinslandbahn. When using the ropeway system by physically impaired persons, it is nevertheless necessary to observe a few notes. These are intended to enable safe use of the ropeway and minimize the risk of injury.
Should you require special assistance due to a disability or wish to use a special aid (e.g. breathing apparatus etc.), please contact us.
Unfortunately, we can only transport you if we can assume, based on your information about existing limitations, that this is possible for us (including a possible evacuation) safely and without risk of injury.
Persons using the cable car system must be mentally and physically able to follow the instructions of the operating personnel and evacuation assistants (with assistance, if necessary) in the event of an evacuation.
The individual conditions of the users must allow for injury-free evacuation from the cabins and subsequent transfer to a safe assembly point. The person transported or his or her legal representative shall be responsible for assessing compliance with this requirement.
Accompanying persons for persons with a degree of disability of more than 50% (identification B in the ID card) receive the cable car ride free of charge and are required to assist the person entrusted to them as follows
o Assistance in navigating the building.
o Assistance getting in and out of the cable car cabins.
Accompanying persons should give priority to the disabled person when entering the cable car cabin and get off first when leaving the cabin.
o Support of the recovery worker in case of evacuation.
If a person is transported in a wheelchair, the wheelchair should be pushed forward into the cabin and backward out of the cabin. The auxiliary support wheels should not be removed from the wheelchairs and should also be used to secure them.
Persons with acrophobia (fear of heights) must assess the effects on their well-being before using the cable car and, if necessary, refrain from using it.
Deaf persons and persons with severely impaired acoustic perception can only use the cable car in the company of a responsible person who compensates for the impairment, as the cable car cabin can only be supplied with information and instructions via loudspeakers in the event of a malfunction.
If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Guests we unfortunately can not carry
It is a great concern of the Schauinslandbahn team to enable all guests to travel by cable car by providing the best possible accessibility. Unfortunately, we are limited by technical and legal requirements, which force us to suspend the transport offer to individual persons:
Persons who, due to a health restriction, other illness or other handicap, cannot be safely rescued (without risk of injury) from the cable car cabin and/or moved to a safe assembly point in the event of an evacuation.
Children before the age of 12 may be excluded from transportation unless they are accompanied by a person of legal age for the entire journey.
Information on the evacuation case
The Schauinslandbahn stands for a great view and a relaxing cable car ride. Numerous preventive measures ensure your safety on the entire installation. So you can float to the top without a care in the world.
However, in the case of an unforeseen event, such as a serious technical defect, it may be necessary to evacuate passengers from the cabins.In this case, which has no impact on the safety of our passengers, it is very important that all passengers remain calm. The helpers of the Bergwacht Schwarzwald e.V. are prepared for this situation. The evacuation of people from cable cars is trained regularly.
Helpers of the Bergwacht drive from the supports over the suspension rope to the cabins. The rescuer enters the cabin via a roof hatch and immediately starts evacuation. A rappelling aid is located on the outside of the cabin. This allows the passengers to be lowered individually to the ground, secured by a rope. Once there, you will be met by other mountain rescue assistants and accompanied to the valley station. The instructions of the mountain rescue team must always be followed. Only with the help of the passengers can the evacuation be carried out without any problems.
Ropeways are among the safest means of transport. This is ensured by state-of-the-art technology, well-trained employees and strict legal requirements. These requirements are met through various control, inspection and maintenance measures. To this end, the Schauinslandbahn is also subjected to an annual technical inspection. In addition, daily, weekly and monthly control and maintenance work is carried out. All measures are explained in more detail under the heading of safety. There you will also find information on how an evacuation would proceed in the event of a cable car breakdown.
Passengers can also actively contribute to the safe operation of the ropeway system. Please read the General Information. In addition to general instructions for all guests, persons with restrictions and disabilities will find further information here.
Supervisory inspection (Seilbahn-TÜV)
German ropeways are subject to two main inspections per year. Once by the management and its employees; and once by a recognized external expert. In the case of the Schauinslandbahn, the technical official from the State Office for Geology, Raw Materials and Mining (LGRB) is responsible. As part of this technical supervisory inspection, all assemblies and functions relevant to the safety of the railroad are examined in detail, in addition to the proper operation of the railroad. The entire installation is also inspected by the authority's expert and checked for proper condition. Operating logs and inspection certificates obtained are inspected. Only if the supervisory inspection is passed does the state office grant permission to operate the plant for a further year.
Maintenance and checks are carried out monthly, weekly and daily. Among other things, settings on the entire system are checked and corrected if necessary.
Twice a year, the Schauinslandbahn technicians, with the support of manufacturers and specialist companies, put the entire system through its paces. In addition, wearing parts are replaced at an early stage and lubricant depots are replenished.
Every day, before the first guest boards the cable car, the Schauinslandbahn technicians carry out specified checks in the top and bottom stations and on the cabins. In addition, the cable car route between the top and bottom stations is driven along and checked for its operationally safe condition. Only when all these checks have been carried out and documented without negative findings is the ropeway released for operation with guests. Weather conditions also play a decisive role here.
During operation of the ropeway, ropeway technicians monitor the flow of passengers, the ropeway technology and the weather conditions in the top and bottom stations. If necessary, they can intervene at an early stage to ensure that the ropeway operates as planned.
Cessation of operations due to weather
In certain weather conditions it may happen that the Schauinslandbahn has to stop operation. Therefore, all weather data is constantly monitored. For example, the legislator stipulates that the Schauinslandbahn must be shut down when wind speeds reach 60 km/h. For safety reasons and for the benefit of the passengers, the operation of the Schauinslandbahn is already stopped at a slightly lower wind speed than required by law. Another reason for a weather-related suspension of operation of the Schauinslandbahn can be a thunderstorm. Although the cabins would act as a so-called Faraday cage for the passengers, the ride comfort for the guests is no longer guaranteed during thunderstorms, so the cabins are safely retracted into the top and bottom stations. Depending on the extent and duration of the thunderstorm, the operations management sets up a bus replacement service.
Standstill means safety. For this reason, there is nothing wrong if the ropeway comes to a standstill. If this is the case, the ropeway technicians clarify the cause of the shutdown, rectify it and then put the ropeway back into operation. If necessary, the cabins can also be safely retracted into the stations at reduced speed with the aid of the emergency drive before the fault is rectified.
Availability of the system, evacuation
The Schauinslandbahn technicians monitor the system before, during and after the ride. Their special training and technical equipment ensure that the system is always available and that passengers can float up without worry. A number of assemblies are duplicated to provide adequate safety reserves.
The Schauinslandbahn is also well prepared for the event of a power failure. Both the top station and the bottom station have independent backup power generators that can be used to safely retract the ropeway cabins into the stations.
Should the cabins, despite the many technical possibilities, not be able to enter the stations, the Bergwacht Schwarzwald e.V. will support the safe evacuation of the guests. In this case - which has never been necessary before - the helpers of the Bergwacht would rope the guests out of the cabins and escort them back to the stations. In order to leave nothing to chance even in this improbable scenario, the mountain rescue helpers regularly train to evacuate the cable car.
Frequently asked questions
Do you have a question about your trip with the Schauinslandbahn? Here you will find the answers. If you do not find what you are looking for, you can always contact us directly.
What precautions have been taken to prevent coronavirus?
The rooms, booths and waiting areas are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.
Our employees are trained on the subject of hygiene and are committed to compliance with hygiene rules.
What hygiene rules apply at the Schauinslandbahn?
The wearing of a mouth-nose protection is still recommended and is done on a voluntary basis.
How many passengers can be accommodated in one cabin?
The cabins offer 7 seats each.
What is the current weather like on the Schauinsland?
Reliable information including current webcam images can be found on our website at www.schauinslandbahn.de/weather.
What are the opening hours of the cable car?
The cable car is open from January to December from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During the Baden-Württemberg summer holidays from 28.07. –11.09.22, the cable car is in operation from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Both in spring and in autumn, the Schauinslandbahn undergoes a technical overhaul lasting several weeks. During this time the cable car is out of service.
When are the first or last cable car rides every day?
The Schauinslandbahn operates during the specified operating hours. The last opportunity to start an ascent or descent is 30 minutes before the end of the operating hours.
How long does the train run from the valley station to the mountain station?
The ride takes about 20 minutes.
What is the difference in altitude from the bottom station to the top station?
The bottom station is located at 473 m above sea level. The top station is located at an altitude of 1220 m above sea level. So, in total, the railroad overcomes a difference in altitude of 747 m.
Can people in wheelchairs use the train?
Yes. Wheelchair users can use the train at no extra charge.
Please visit www.schauinslandbahn.de/accessibility for information on your individual usage options.
Can blind people or people with visual impairments use the train?
Generally, this is possible. However, as we do not have a continuous guidance system for the blind, we recommend that you take an accompanying person with you. If you would like to use the Schauinslandbahn without an accompanying person, please contact us before you start your journey. Please note the Schauinslandbahn's terms and conditions of use and carriage and visit www.schauinslandbahn.de/accessibility for more information on your individual usage options.
Can people with strollers use the train?
Yes. The railroad can also be used with baby carriages at no extra charge. All important rooms of the Schauinslandbahn as well as the cabins are accessible barrier-free via ramps.
Are dogs and bicycles allowed?
Yes. However, a surcharge must be paid for this. For bringing a bicycle, a surcharge of € 10.50 per one-way trip is required. If you take a dog with you, you have to pay €6.50 per one-way trip, and € 8.50 for uphill and downhill trips.
You can find out more about the fares at www.schauinslandbahn.de/fares.
How do I register a group?
Group registrations are made through our Black Forest Connection service agency.
Tel.: +49 761 4511-777
Where to book breakfast?
Reservations can be made online at www.diebergstation.de. Here you will also find more information about the Café & Restaurant Die Bergstation.
Combined tickets for breakfast including the cable car ride are available at the Schauinslandbahn and in advance at the bike station, the VAG pluspunkt and in the VAG OnlineShop.
Can I get to the cable car by car or public transport? Do coaches have to observe clearance heights when approaching?
At the valley station there are numerous car parking spaces (incl. disabled parking spaces) and bus parking spaces. Line 21 stops directly at the valley station. Detailed information on how to get there by various means of transport can be found at: www.schauinslandbahn.de/directions
When driving through Günterstal, you must pass through the Günterstäler Tor gate with a clearance height of 3.60 meters.
What activities are offered around the mountain station?
Once at the summit, there are numerous recreational opportunities. The most popular activities are as follows:
You can find out everything about the activities and the different opening times of the individual providers by clicking on the following link: www.schauinslandbahn.de/activities.
What clothing or equipment do I need on the Schauinsland?
This is strongly dependent on the respective weather and the planned activities. Sturdy shoes are indispensable for a hiking trip. Reliable information including current webcam images can be found at www.schauinslandbahn.de/weather.
However, appropriate clothing or equipment is ultimately chosen on your own responsibility.
I have lost or forgotten something at the Schauinslandbahn. Who can I contact to get the lost property back?
The staff of the VAG Lost and Found Office can be contacted by phone at +49 761 4511-368.
What are the conditions of carriage?
You can download the conditions of carriage of the Schauinslandbahn here.