More than 100 years, our steam-powered narrow-gauge railway (750mm gauge) even between Zittau and the resorts and Oybin Jonsdorf way on the 12 km route. 1890 was the first trip. Even today, the wrong, as we say, "Road Train" with steam locomotives in normal operation. So you can see several times a day the train ride or even better. From Zittau from the train runs towards the mountains. In the station Bertsdorf branches out the route. One leads to the spa resort Oybin Jonsdorf and one after. The range of up to Oybin Zittau suburb was once double track - a singularity at the Saxon narrow gauge railways. The journey to or from Zittau takes about 45 minutes. There remains plenty of time to consider the landscape. Also today is still "picking flowers banned while driving!" (Source: http://oybin.com/html/schmalspurbahn.html)
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