Barrier-free on the Cathedral hill

Due to its castle-like buildings and topography, access to the Cathedral hill has always been deliberately difficult and only possible to a very limited extent. Apart from a few footpaths on the green southern slope, for a long time the Cathedral hill was only accessible via the Obere and Untere Domberggasse; the Kanzlerbogen and Agilolfinger Gate still welcome visitors today and are a reminder of the fortifications.

The construction of an inclined lift from Bahnhofstraße up to the Cathedral hill has now opened up completely new ways of experiencing the Cathedral hill. The new Cathedral hill lift enables all Freising residents and visitors to the city to reach the cathedral hill plateau and the buildings and institutions located there quickly, comfortably and barrier-free. 

The Archdiocese of Munich and Freising has assumed the construction costs totalling around 5.8 million euros. The operating costs are borne by the city of Freising.


Interesting facts about using the lift:

  • The Dombergbahn lift can accommodate a maximum of 14 people.
  • Use of the lift is free of charge.
  • The lift is in regular operation daily from 6 am to 11 pm.
  • An ascent or descent in the fully glazed cabin takes about one and a half minutes.
  • With a travel speed of 0.5 metres per second, the system transports up to 220 people per hour up the mountain and just as many back down again at peak times.
  • This covers a height difference of 22 metres.
  • The bottom station, a gabled house in red, is located on Bahnhofstrasse and is reminiscent of the customs house that once stood there. The top station is designed as a portal in white - the gateway not only to the Diocesan Museum, which is directly adjacent, but also to facilities such as the district court and the cathedral grammar school, but above all to Freising Cathedral itself.