Historic steam engine

Ready to time travel? Take a ride with an original steam engine along the Frankfurt riverside. Impressive contrast to the modern skyline.

2 hours Visit an old railway switch cabin
Taking a ride with a steam engine train Suitable for families

1. How to get there

You want to get to Frankfurt, Dom/Römer.
Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Start: Konstablerwache Take U4, direction Bockenheimer Warte
U5, direction Hauptbahnhof
Arrival: Dom/Römer From here walk to the river, to the bridge “Eiserner Steg”

2. Activity on site

Take a ride with a historic railway

The historic railway club Frankfurt offers special train rides on the tracks along the river within the city.

Start at “Eiserner Steg”, look for this sign:

Stop sign for the historic steam engine


Check their calendar for upcoming dates and up to date timetable.

3. Map

This map shows the tracks the historic railway is using. This is not a hiking map!


1. Eiserner Steg: Start your round trip here

2. EZB: It doesn’t always stop there, make sure to take great pictures

3. Turning point: Get off and check out the old railway switch mechanism in the cabin

4. Tips

Going one direction is enough

The historic railway does two loops. One to the East (described above) and one to the West. I recommend to go only one direction, spending the rest of the time outside the train taking pictures of the train.

Taking the East loop is much more exciting as you will pass the European Central Bank, the industrial harbor and the former railway switch cabin. This loop takes about 45 minutes.

Check the map for details.

More information about the historic railway Frankfurt

Check out this great Wikipedia article.

5. How to get back

Check the RMV website for the up to date timetable.

Start: Dom/Römer Take U4, direction Seckbach
U5, direction Preungesheim
Arrival: Konstablerwache

6. Costs

Inner city transport

Round trip: Adult – one way: € 2.75
Adult – day pass: € 5.35
Group day pass (5 people): € 11.30

Historic railway

Ticket One loop (either East or West) Full tour (includes both loops)
Adult € 7.00 € 10.00
Child* € 3.00 € 5.00
Family ** € 17.00 € 24.00

*Children under 6 travel for free. Children between 6 and 14 pay 50% of the fee.
**Family = 2 adults and 2 kids

7. Highlights

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Steam engine - Travel back in time.