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SchafbergBahn Cog Railway

  • Austria's steepest cog railway
  • up to the top in 35 minutes
  • In operation since 1893

Austria's steepest cog railway has been running from St. Wolfgang up the Schafberg since 1893. The train takes 35 minutes to cover a total distance of 5.85 kilometers, rising 1190 vertical meters. And one thing is for certain: The memorable experiences already begin during the journey to the top.

Opening Hours


The SchafbergBahn is operating daily. You can find the timetalbe here.

Current departure times and available seats on the SchafbergBahn can be found here.


Restaurant EQ

Restaurant EQ in the SchafbergBahn's ExperienceQuarter is open daily from 09.00 - 23.00. From April 6, breakfast will be served daily from 09:00 - 11:00 on the terrace and/or in the Cafe & Restaurant EQ. Further information about the restaurant can be found here

Up the Schafberg mountain by cog railway

The SchafbergBahn is the steepest cog railway in Austria.  It was put into operation in 1893. Thanks to its special drive, the SchafbergBahn cog railway is optimally prepared for the gradients of the Schafberg. It runs from the valley station in St. Wolfgang to the summit of the Schafberg.The locomotive can cover large gradients within a very short distance.

Reach the summit in comfort

At the top of the Schafberg, the former Himmelspforte shelter, the Hotel Schafbergspitze, and a 360° mountain panorama and a view of 11 different lakes await you. The Himmelpforte invites you to linger in an idyllic setting. You can enjoy snacks and drinks on the beautiful panoramic terrace.

From the valley station to the mountain station

On the journey to the summit of the Schafberg with the SchafbergBahn cog railway, you can choose between two exits. You can either get off at the Schafbergalm halt at 1,364 meters (middle station) after a 30-minute ride or you can ride up to the summit to the mountain station at 1,732 meters.

The valley station - the new ExperienceQuarter


The  valley station of the SchafbergBahn cog railway is called ExperienceQuarter. A large and light-flooded guest hall with ticket counter, a souvenir store, a small museum zone with a historic locomotive from the year 1893 as well as the Restaurant EQ await you here.

The restaurant is located on the top floor of the building. It has a unique lakeside terrace with a breathtaking view of lake Wolfgangsee. Whether breakfast, lunch, a snack oder dinner -  the restaurant EQ has it all!

The middle station – the Schafbergalm


After a journey of around 30 minutes and 4.2 km, the SchafbergBahn cog railway reaches the Schafbergalm halt at an altitude of 1,364 meters. If you want to climb the last few meters to the summit yourself, you should get out of the cog railway here.

This stop also marks the tree line of the mountain. From here, you have a beautiful view of the valley and Lake Wolfgangsee.

The mountain station – arriving at the summit


For the last stretch, the locomotive passes close to nearby rock faces and through two tunnels before reaching the mountain station at an altitude of 1,732 meters. Once here, you can marvel at one of the most beautiful mountain panoramas in Austria.

Flexible timetable & convenient ticket purchase

The timetable of the SchafbergBahn is very flexible: during the busiest times, departures can be increased to every 20 minutes. This means that waiting times can be kept to a minimum.  

If you still want to take advantage of a specific departure time, you can conveniently book your ticket online in advance. One-way trips (only ascent or descent) are also possible.

Perfect day at lake Wolfgangsee: SchafbergBahn cog railway & Wolfgangsee ferries

The area around the emerald-green Lake Wolfgangsee has plenty to offer its guests, both on the water and on the shore and in the surrounding mountains:  

Prices and Timetables

Planning to visit the Schafberg? You can find timetables, prices and tickets here.

Events and Experiences

Unique event highlights, exclusive excursions and an incredible selection of excursion tips await you here.

Facts and Pictures of SchafbergBahn

You will find complete information about Austria’s steepest cog railway, including historical as well as technological facts and figures, right here.


Are you planning a trip with the SchafbergBahn cog railway? All details about your arrival and parking possibilities can be found here.

Frequently asked questions about the SchafbergBahn



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