The lower section of the funicular (the Molkenkurbahn) opened in 1890, and its original form used the water ballast system of propulsion, similar to that still used by the Nerobergbahn in Wiesbaden. The line was rebuilt to use a conventional electric drive in 1907. Between 1961 and 1962 the section was rebuilt and new cars provided in order to handle the volume of traffic to Heidelberg Castle; at this time new stations were built at Kornmarkt and Heidelberg Castle. The section was closed between October 2003 and March 2005; during the closure period the existing cars were scrapped and replaced by new and larger cars to a modern design, and Kornmarkt and Heidelberg Castle stations were again rebuilt.
The section has the following technical parameters:
- Length: 471 metres
- Height: 171 metres
- Maximum steepness: 43 %
- Configuration: Single track with passing loop
- Journey time: 5 minutes
- Cars: 2
- Capacity: 130 passengers per car
- Track gauge: 1 metre
- Traction: Electricity
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