The Railway Renon– Tradition and History in Motion

Renon is a popular vacation region mainly because of its mild climate and unique natural beauty. But, this sunny plateau also has historical treasures up its sleeve:
The historic Railway Renon (Rittner Bahn) takes you on a comfy nostalgic ride along 5 villages on the high plateau. If you want to reach the center of Bolzano comfortably in a jiffy, then the new state-of-the-art Renon Cable Car will get you there - breathtaking view included on the ride. RittenCard bearers amongst our guests may access both attractions for free.
Like many other sites in Renon, also the greatest historic one is inseparable from our region’s history of tourism. The idea to build a cog railway from Bolzano to Collalbo was born in the 19th century, with the rise of tourism here on the Renon mountain. Inaugurated in 1907, the railway connected the sunny plateau with Bolzano’s city center. Despite its humble speed of 7km/h , the Renon Railway brought great economic upswing to the villages along its tracks. In the 1960s, a cable car was built to replace the cog railway on the stretch from Bolzano to Soprabolzano.
Today, a super-modern cable car fulfills this purpose: Renon’s new cable car is one of the longest worldwide, running every 4 minutes, connecting the region’s capital city and the Renon mountain.
Meanwhile, the historic Renon Railway has been preserved to this day. Affectionately dubbed “s’ Rittner Bahndl” in the local vernacular, it connects the villages of Maria Assunta, Soprabolzano, Costalovara, Stella and Collalbo. Even the historic railcars, meticulously maintained, are still operating today, taking turns with the vehicles of the Stuttgart Tramway and the Swiss Trogen Railway. Their history-steeped elegance, wood-paneled compartments and noble wooden bench seats take passengers on a journey into a long-gone past. When you board the Renon Railway, you are in for an unforgettable train ride, a fascinating nostalgic railway experience on the sunny plateau.

Whether historic and cozy or super-modern and technically inspiring – a ride on the Renon Railway is surely a moving experience.
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