The Merkurbergbahn is a funicular railway
A funicular, also known as an inclined plane or cliff railway, is a cable railway in which a cable attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles on rails moves them up and down a steep slope; the ascending and descending vehicles counterbalance each other.-Operation:The basic principle of funicular...

 in the town of Baden-Baden
Baden-Baden is a spa town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is located on the western foothills of the Black Forest, on the banks of the Oos River, in the region of Karlsruhe...

 in Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg is one of the 16 states of Germany. Baden-Württemberg is in the southwestern part of the country to the east of the Upper Rhine, and is the third largest in both area and population of Germany's sixteen states, with an area of and 10.7 million inhabitants...

, Germany
Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...

. The line climbs Mount Merkur
Merkur (Baden-Baden)
Merkur is a mountain of the northern Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is located between Baden-Baden and Gernsbach. A funicular railway, the Merkurbergbahn, climbs the mountain from Baden-Baden. An observation and radio tower stands atop the Merkur....

, the location of the Observation Tower Baden-Baden Merkur
Observation Tower Baden-Baden Merkur
The observation tower Baden-Baden Merkur is an observation tower on Mount Merkur near Baden-Baden, at 8°16'50" E and 48°45'52" N. The tower has been in use since April 8, 1950 by the former SWF as a transmission tower for FM-radio and, since 1953, television.At the end of the 1970s the tower was...


The line opened in 1913 and closed in 1967. It was reopened on the 27th April 1979.

The funicular has the following technical parameters:
  • Length: 1192 metres (3,910.8 ft)
  • Height: 370 metres (1,213.9 ft)
  • Maximum Steepness: 54%
  • Cars: 2
  • Capacity: 30 passengers per car
  • Track gauge: 1435 millimetres (56.5 in)
  • Traction: Electricity
  • Control: Automatic

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