The "Öchsle", as the only still traffic-capable narrow-gauge railway in Baden-Württemberg is affectionately called, brings back memories of bygone times. On a distance of 19 km between Warthausen near Biberach and Ochsenhausen, the 750 mm railway runs as a technical cultural monument and tourist attraction. The lavishly restored carriages offer space for 300 guests in the flair of the 20th century. In addition to an open summer car, there is also a restaurant car, which offers refreshment for in between.
The Öchsle runs from May to the beginning of October every Sunday, on every 1st + 3rd Saturday of the month and on all Thursdays from 04 July to 05 September. Departure in Warthausen is at 10:30 and 14:45, in Ochsenhausen at 12:00 and 16:15.
Highlights on the route
Passing numerous historic railway stations from the Wilhelminian era, the impressive complex of the former Benedictine Imperial Abbey can be seen shortly before reaching its destination in Ochsenhausen. The monastery was the Benedictine residence for over 700 years and today serves for concerts and exhibitions. In Ochsenhausen you can explore the beautiful city centre with numerous cafés and restaurants or walk along the paths of the monks of the old monastery. A nature trail along the Krummbach shows how the water supply used to function, a museum explains the life of the monks and the Gabler organ can be admired in the monastery church. The former brick pond, a former clay pit, now serves as an outdoor pool for cooling down in summer.
How to get there
Information on how to get there by car and bus can be found under the attached link:
Arrival by train: The Öchsle is connected to the wide world!
On the Südbahn line Ulm-Friedrichshafen, local DB trains stop at Warthausen and run at regular intervals.