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Day 29 Freudenstadt to Stuttgart

Riding the Zacke Cog-Wheel Train

rain 17 °C
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We woke this morning to rain but it had stopped by the time we left so we took the scenic route of about 52 miles to Stuttgart. We rode through heavy rain and arrived quite wet on the outside, dry on the inside 😃 with ample parking spaces we are parked in the IBIS underground car park all safe and well.

We arrived just before 1200h, parked up and couldn't check in as no room was ready at that time so we had a hot drink and waited until 1250h to check in. After checking in we went for a light lunch and a glass of beer & wine:

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We shared a very spicy pizza.

The main reason that we arrived early was to have a ride in the Zacke cog-wheel train. The publicity about it is:

"The straightest route is known to be the shortest. In Stuttgart, that means overcoming extreme gradients. From Marienplatz to Degerloch, the cogwheel railway, affectionately known as the "Zacke" by the people of Stuttgart, has been climbing up the up to 17.8 percent steep route since 1884 - with the most magnificent Stuttgart panoramic views. An incomparable tour that you can't miss.

The Stuttgart Zacke is the only rack-and-pinion railway in Germany that mainly serves the normal, daily commuter traffic of a large city. The Zacke's rolling stock consists of three four-axle ZT 4 rack-and-pinion railcars (built in 1982), with two cars always in service as scheduled."

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You can see that the middle "rail" is a set of "teeth," there is a cog beneath the train that uses these teeth to propel the train enabling it to travel up and down steep inclines.

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The train also has a special cycle carriage, no one would want to cycle up that incline 😝🥵.

Before our evening meal we did another train ride, up and back, to see the views in sunshine as the rain had passed over.

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You can see how high we were from the sign:

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It climbes very high over a short distance.

When we arrived back we went for our evening meal. We found a traditional bar/restaurant not too far from the hotel and had a really nice evening and great food. It was a "smokers" bar, with lots of air coming through, soft rock music from the 80's / 90's and a great atmosphere. We ordered our food and a large jug of local wine:

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We shared the dishes, Sand ordered mushrooms and I ordered chicken mmmmmmmmmmmmm both in spicy tomato sauce with 1 portion of fries and bread. We almost finished it !!!!!!!

We have a whole day here tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, watch this space.........

Posted by RickAdderley 19:06 Archived in Germany

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