Don´t forget to visit the horse railway station in Kerschbaum. It houses a museum (it can be visited with guided tours only) and a cafeteria ("Kutscherstüberl) , where you can try a "Gleishupfa" (a kind of schnaps) and a "Rossknödel" (here it is a sweet dish and very delicious).
Upstairs there are held some interesting events, which depends of the time of the year. There always a Christmas market (before Christmas) and on the last weekend in October the event "Wein, Kunst und Nostalgie" (wine, art and nostalgy) which is always well visited.
The train is now ready for start and waiting for passengers. In a few minutes he start. You should join it when you are there.
Kerschbaum is a nice daytrip from Linz - but also from places in nearby Bohemia. And you can go to Ceske Budejovice (Budweis) or Cesky Krumlov (Krumau) from there in an easy way. This places are not far from Kerschbaum because it is just a few kilometers from the czech border.
Further Freistadt (another of these great medival towns!) is very close from here.
Lots of things to see and to do !!
Here you can see how the "train" is prepared to go back to Kerschbaum. The horse is spanned in front of the car (two people do it in normal cases) making ready the train to depart. The first passengers get on the train.
Click to enlarge the picture to see all the details!
Before you go and have a little snack watch how they change the horse. It is very intersting. Here you can see the carriage without the horse. They have been so eager to restore the old carriages.
Click on the picture to see the wonderful details of the carriage!
(Unfortuneatly pictures are rather small....)
Some time later it developed into a busy passenger service. In those days, the journey between Linz and Budweis took 14 hours and it was a complete new experience of travelling, because it was free from pushes. You have to consider that the roads that time where not the same as nowadays ....
Even the austrian "Kaiser" (emperor) Franz I. and his wife came to have a look to the new transportation system. In Kerschbaum the travellers had a meal.
The railway started in Bohemia in 1827. One year later it was expanded to Leopoldschlag in Upper Austria. It was constructed by a younger architect, his name was Matthias Schönerer. In 1832 the railway service between Linz and Ceske Budejovice (Budweis) started.
In 1834 the construction from Linz to Gmunden began, to make the transport of the salt more efficient and in 1836 the salt could transported from Gmunden directly to Bohemia.
In the beginning of the 19th century there were transported 50.400 tons of salt from Upper Austria (it was raised in the mines of the "Salzkammergut" region) to Bohemia, Moravia and Lower Austria. There went daily about 250 cars with salt to the north and it needed 3 til 5 days úntil the salt arrived in Bohemia.
There were different plans to reduce the transportation time, and so the officals also considered a "water road" between the River Moldau and the River Danube. But a man, Franz Josef von Gerstner, got the idea to build a horse railway. And that time, the history of railway in Austria began and there followed further pionier works.