Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway - B

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway - B

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Route

At Rosenheim the line runs to the northeast and crosses the Inn. The former branch line to Frasdorf branches off at the former Landl station; it is now runs only to Rohrdorf and only carries freight to the local cement plant. After that, the route makes a steep climb to Simssee. This is followed by Bad Endorf (Oberbay) station, where a branch line branches off to Obing. It was closed down by Deutsche Bahn in 1996, but reopened on 1 July 2006 as a tourist railway known as the Chiemgau Lokalbahn (local railway), operating mainly on summer Sundays and public holidays. The line continues west of the Chiemsee lake towards Prien am Chiemsee station, where two lines connect.

On the northern side is the narrow gauge Chiemsee Railway (Chiemseebahn) to the port of Prien-Stock on Chiemsee, said to be the oldest continuously operating steam railway in the world. On the south side is the Chiemgau Railway (Chiemgau Bahn) to Aschau im Chiemgau. The line then runs through Bernau am Chiemsee station and continues to the east. A line formerly ran from Übersee station to Marquartstein. It crosses the Tiroler Ache river at Übersee and then follows a gradient of 1:100 to Bergen (Oberbay) station.

The next station is Traunstein, where several lines branch off: the line to Ruhpolding, the line to Traunreut and Garching and the line to Waging. In Traunstein the railway passes over a bridge over the Traun. The line runs over a steep downhill section towards Freilassing. Shortly after leaving Traunstein station, Ettendorf church (St. Vitus and Anna) lies next to the line. In Freilassing station a branch from Mühldorf and another branch from Berchtesgaden join the line.

On the outskirts of Freilassing the line crosses the border, which runs along the Saalach river, into Austria and the outskirts of Salzburg. In Siezenheim there is a freight yard with sidings to a large chipboard factory in an industrial area and to the Schwarzenberg barracks. Then the line runs between the districts of Taxham, Maxglan and Mülln to the south and Lehen and Liefering to the north across the Salzach to Salzburg Hauptbahnhof.

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Operating Points


The station was opened on 24 October 1857 with the Mangfall Valley Railway as a provisional station. Because of some delays, the permanent station was not opened until 13 November 1858. Due to a lack of space, the old station was closed and a new one was opened west of the old station on 19 April 1876. The Rosenheim locomotive depot (Bahnbetriebswerk) was also significant for the line.

Today, the station is the seventh largest station in Bavaria with about 20,000 passengers each day. It is used by about 150 regional and long-distance passenger services each day.

Landl (Oberbay) Junction

The Royal Bavarian State Railways (Königlich Bayerischen Staatseisenbahnen) established Landl (Oberbay) junction on 27 January 1913 as a block post (Blockstelle). On 9 May 1914, the junction became a halt on the branch line from Rosenheim to Frasdorf. The station had two sidings and a station building in which the mechanical signal box was located. The last passenger train served the station and ran on the line to Frasdorf in September 1970. The station was then rebuilt as a branch point. The mechanical signal box was replaced by the relay interlocking in Rosenheim station in 1977.

Stephanskirchen Station

The station was opened in 1860 with a crossing loop on the first single-track railway line. A loading ramp, loading road and a goods shed were available for goods traffic. Passenger traffic was abandoned on 31 May 1981 and freight traffic ended four years later on 25 November 1985.

Simssee Halt

The halt (Haltepunkt) was put into operation in 1934. It mainly served excursion traffic to the Simssee and was therefore served for many years only in the summer season. The station was closed on 28 August 1967.

Krottenmühl Halt

A halt for passenger traffic was opened in Krottenmühl on 15 October 1895; a few years later it was also used for freight traffic. A mechanical signal box has controlled the switches and signals since 5 February 1901. The freight and passenger traffic was discontinued on 31 May 1981. The entrance building still exists.

Bad Endorf (Oberbay) Station

Bad Endorf station was opened in 1860. The station became a junction station when the branch line to Obing was opened on 15 October 1908. The Obing line was closed for passenger operations in 1986 and for freight in 1996. The line to Obing was reopened as a heritage railway in 2006.

Rimsting Station

In 1881, the halt of Rimsting was built so that king Ludwig II could visit the construction site of the New Herrenchiemsee Palace. 70 years later, in 1981, the station was closed for passenger traffic. A siding still exists for freight traffic. The station building, which was built in 1911 and is now heritage-listed, houses a cultural meeting place.

Prien am Chiemsee Station

The station was put into operation with the opening of the line in 1860. Here the Chiemgau Railway (Chiemgaubahn), which went into operation in 1878, branches off to Aschau. Since 1887, the station has also been starting point of the Chiemsee Railway (Chiemseebahn) to Prien-Stock.

Bernau am Chiemsee Halt

Bernau am Chiemsee station was opened in 1860. The station had two platform tracks and a third track and some sidings for freight. The station had a two-storey entrance building, which was extended in 1875 by two side buildings. A mechanical signal box was completed in July 1904. The station was downgraded to a halt in early 1980. Ten years later, freight traffic was abandoned. The station building was renovated in 2003.

Rottau Crossover

Rottau station was put into operation in December 1920. It was used to load peat from the Rottau peat railway. In June 1988, the operations of the peat railway were abandoned and the station became a crossover.

Übersee Station

Übersee station was put into operation in 1860. It became a junction station in 1885 with the opening of the Übersee-Marquartstein railway. This ended in 1992 when the line to Marquartstein was closed.

Bergen (Oberbay) Halt

Bergen station was commissioned in 1860 with the opening of the line. The station was converted to a halt before 1990. The entrance building is heritage-listed.

Traunstein Station

The station was opened on 7 May 1860 with the Rosenheim-Salzburg railway. The station became a railway junction in the following years. Today there are connecting lines to Ruhpolding, Waging and Trostberg / Traunreut.

Lauter (Oberbay) Crossover

Lauter (Oberbay) station was opened with the opening of the Rosenheim-Salzburg railway. There were two platform tracks and another dead-end track with a loading ramp and a goods shed. The station was closed for passenger traffic in 1982 and for freight in 1990. Since then Lauter has been a crossover.

Rückstetten Halt

The Rückstetten block post has existed since March 1906 and passenger trains have also stopped there since 1908. The Rückstetten block post was closed in July 1969 and Rückstetten station was closed on 23 May 1982.

Teisendorf Station

Teisendorf station was opened with the railway in 1860. After its opening, the station had larger than usual passenger and freight traffic because a road ran from Teisendorf to Bad Reichenhall and Berchtesgaden. The station had two platform tracks and another track and several sidings for freight. Around 1900, a mechanical signal box was completed in Teisendorf; this was replaced in 1978 by a relay interlocking controlled using a track plan display. Freight operations were stopped in the 1990s, except for a rail connection to an LPG depot. The entrance building has been privately owned since 2008.

Niederstraß Halt

A halt was established in Niederstraß in 1895; this mainly served the loading of peat from the surrounding area. After the First World War, it was also connected to its own narrow-gauge peat railway. Parts of it are operated as a museum railway operated by the Freunde Ainringer Moos e.V. The halt was closed for passenger traffic on 1 October 1978. The building has been privately owned since April 1984; it has been rebuilt and as a result it is no longer accessible to the public. The peat loading ended in May 1990. After the realignment of the federal highway B 304 on 26 October 2015, the level crossing was closed and the barriers were dismantled. The siding for the former peat plant and the warehouse were already dismantled before the end of peat mining.

Freilassing Station

The station was put into operation with the opening of the line in 1860 and served as a border station between Bavaria and Austria. In 1905, an important locomotive depot was opened in the station. Today, the Freilassing Locomotive World (Lokwelt Freilassing) is located in the locomotive depot. It is also a stop of the Salzburg S-Bahn.

Salzburg Liefering Yard

During the Nazi period, Liefering station was put into operation on 1 June 1943 exclusively for invited guests to Obersalzberg. It was no longer used for passenger services after the war. It remained in use, however, as a goods yard and operational yard. The station was reopened as a halt in December 2013 as part of the establishment of the Salzburg S-Bahn.

Salzburg Taxham Europark Station

The line was upgraded for S-Bahn operations between Salzburg and Freilassing and received new stations. Salzburg Taxham Europark station was put into operation on 17 June 2006. The station has three platform tracks and is served by S-Bahn services and some regional services. The station was named after the adjoining Europark shopping centre.

Salzburg Aiglhof Halt

The S-Bahn halt of Salzburg Aiglhof was opened on 13 December 2009 and it served mainly by S-Bahn services, but it is also served by some regional trains. The halt is named after the adjacent settlement of Aiglhof. The building of the barrier-free island platform required the demolition of freight tracks. The platform is covered for 70 metres and has steps and lifts at both ends.

Salzburg Mülln-Altstadt Halt

The halt was opened for the S -Bahn operations between Freilassing and Salzburg on 13 December 2009. Like Salzburg Aiglhof, it is served mainly by S-Bahn and regional operations. It has a barrier-free island platform and there are lifts at the two exits. The halt is located directly on the banks of the Salzach and serves, inter alia, the Salzburg district of Altstadt (old town).

Salzburg Hauptbahnhof

The station was opened simultaneously with the Rosenheim-Salzburg railway and the Austrian Western Railway in 1860.

Salzburg Hauptbahnhof developed into an international transport hub. It is now used by about 25,000 passengers daily.

Viaduct near Traunstein

The viaduct that crosses the Traun was initially not built over the river. Instead the river was diverted under the viaduct prior to its formal opening on 19 July 1859. The viaduct is 105 metres long and has five 30 metre-high arches. The bridge is made of nagelfluh (a variety of conglomerate) with decorated keystones. Ten people were killed during its construction.

Current Operations

Frequent local passenger services, long-distance passenger services run over the line.

The entire route is served by trains from Munich to Salzburg, which are operated by Meridian, a brand of the Bayerische Oberlandbahn. In addition, a train pair runs on the line from Rosenheim to Traunstein. The section between Freilassing and Salzburg is also served by two variations of line 3 of the Salzburg S-Bahn with different routes, together providing services at 20-minute intervals. Individual Regionalbahn services to/from Mühldorf run between Freilassing and Salzburg. An extension of line S 2 from Salzburg Hauptbahnhof to Freilassing is planned.
Train Class Route Frequency Operator
M Munich - Rosenheim - Traunstein - Freilassing - Salzburg Hourly Meridian
RB (Landshut -) Mühldorf - Freilassing - Salzburg Individual services Südostbayernbahn
S3 Bad Reichenhall - Freilassing - Salzburg - Golling-Abtenau - (Saalfelden) Hourly  
S3 Freilassing - Salzburg - Golling-Abtenau - Schwarzach-St. Veit Hourly  

EuroCity (EC) trains run between Frankfurt am Main and Salzburg via Rosenheim every two hours with stops at Prien, Traunstein and Freilassing. Since the 2008 timetable change, these trains continue beyond Salzburg to Graz and Klagenfurt in alternation. In between the EC trains, Railjet services from Munich to destinations in Austria and Hungary pass through without stopping between Munich and Salzburg. In addition, a pair of InterCity trains, named Königssee runs each day between Hamburg and Berchtesgaden via the line.

The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) operate long-distance trains on the Vienna-Salzburg-Innsbruck-Vorarlberg route on the line between Salzburg and Kufstein via Landl/Rosenheim every two hours non-stop.

In the 2008 timetable a pair of Railjet services ran for the first between Budapest, Vienna and Munich.
Line Route Frequency
IC 26 Königssee: Hamburg-Altona - Hamburg - Hannover - Göttingen - Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe - Fulda - Würzburg - Augsburg - München Ost - Rosenheim - Berchtesgaden 1 train pair
EC 32 Wörthersee: (Münster (Westf) -) Dortmund - Essen - Düsseldorf - Cologne - Koblenz - Frankfurt - Mannheim - Heidelberg - Stuttgart - Augsburg - Munich - Rosenheim - Salzburg - Klagenfurt 1 train pair
EC 60 Karlsruhe - Stuttgart - Ulm - Augsburg - Munich - Rosenheim - Salzburg 1 train pair
EC 62 Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Stuttgart - or Saarbrücken - Mannheim - Stuttgart - Ulm - Augsburg - Munich - Rosenheim - Salzburg (- Klagenfurt / Graz / Linz) Every 2 hours
RJ 90 Munich - (Rosenheim -) Salzburg - Vienna - Budapest Every 2 hours
RJ (Zürich - Bregenz - Bludenz -) Innsbruck - Salzburg - Vienna - Vienna Airport (- Budapest) Hourly

Future of the Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway

This route is part of the TEN project No. 17 "Magistrale for Europe" from Paris to Budapest. This should lead to further upgrading projects. This is being promoted especially by the ÖBB as it expects the journey time between Salzburg and Munich to be reduced to 1 hour instead of 1.5 hours today.

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Overview

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Native Name: Bahnstrecke
Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Status: Operational
Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Owner: Deutsche Bahn
Austrian Federal Railways
Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Line Number: 5703 (Rosenheim-Border of the states)
217 01 (Border of the states-Salzburg)
Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Locale: Bavaria in Germany
Salzburg in Austria
Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Termini:
Stations: 13

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Service

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Type: Heavy rail, Passenger/freight rail,
Intercity rail, Regional rail, Commuter rail
Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Route: Number 951
200 (Freilassing - Saalfelden)
Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Operator(s): DB Bahn, EuroCity
Austrian Federal Railways

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway History

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Opened: Two stages in 1860

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Technical

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Line length: 88.6 km (55.1 mi)
Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Number of tracks: Double track
3 (Salzburg Liefering - Salzburg Hbf)
Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Electrification: 15 kV/16.7 Hz AC overhead catenary
Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Operating Speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)

Rosenheim-Salzburg Railway Route Map Legend

main line from Munich
from Mühldorf
Mangfall Valley Railway from Holzkirchen
0.0 Rosenheim 448 m
main line to Kufstein
Rosenheim loop from Rosenheim Süd
Rosenheim Ost (siding)
3.3 Landl (Oberbay) junction 461 m
to Rohrdorf
6.4 Stephanskirchen 480 m
8.3 Simssee
11.5 Krottenmühl 484 m
15.0 Bergham
from Obing
16.7 Bad Endorf (Oberbay) 525 m
20.6 Rimsting (siding, former station) 546 m
Chiemsee-Bahn (until 1908)

Prien am Chiemsee
connection to Chiemsee-Bahn

532 m
Chiemgau Railway to Aschau
A 8
30.2 Bernau am Chiemsee 525 m
Bernauer Ache
33.4 Rottau (crossover)
34.2 Torfbahnhof Grassau-Rottau (until 1988)
38.3 Übersee 526 m
formerly to Marquartstein
Tiroler Ache
44.5 Rumgraben (crossover)
46.6 Bergen (Oberbay) 585 m
Bergen viaduct, A 8
from Traunreut and Garching
from Ruhpolding
53.3 Traunstein 597 m
55.4 Hufschlag junction 609 m
to Waging
59.6 Lauter (siding) 606 m
64.9 Rückstetten 552 m
69.8 Teisendorf 504 m
78.0 Niederstraß 433 m
from Berchtesgaden
from Mühldorf
81.7 Freilassing 421 m
B 20
82.8 Saalach,


83.3 Salzburg Liefering
West Autobahn (A1)
85.2 Salzburg Taxham Europark
Stiegl Railway (only freight)
86.7 Salzburg Aiglhof
Rudolf-Biebl-Straße (B1)
87.2 Salzburg Mülln-Altstadt
Salzburg-Hangender Stein railway
Nelböck viaduct (B1)
88.6 Salzburg Hbf 423 m
to Wörgl

Western Railway to Vienna

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