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Wuppertaler Schwebebahn

Public transport in Wuppertal is a unique experience, and also quite an adventure, especially if you're scared of heights. To get in and out of the swaying carriages of the Schwebebahn („floating train“) takes a bit of strong nerves but you'll be rewarded with a fun ride and (more or less) exclusive views into people's backyards – keep your camera ready!

Public transport in Wuppertal is a unique experience, and also quite an adventure, especially if you’re scared of heights. To get in and out of the swaying carriages of the Schwebebahn („floating train“) takes a bit of strong nerves but you’ll be rewarded with a fun ride and (more or less) exclusive views into people’s backyards – keep your camera ready!

The Schwebebahn is a suspended monorail which connects Oberbarmen in the east of Wuppertal with Vohwinkel, the western part of the city.

The city of Wuppertal has a bit of a peculiar topography, it stretches along a valley formed by the river Wupper with more or less steep hills on either side of the river. So when the city grew and the planar ground got scarce in the 19th century, a good solution for the public transport system needed to be found. Due to geological reasons building a tube system was not an option for Wuppertal, so the idea was born to have trains running on a level about 8m above the ground.
The Schwebebahn was opened up to public in 1901 and is – with a couple of modernisations – still running today. It is considered one of the safest public transport systems of the world.

During rush hours, you can catch a train every three minutes. Getting from one terminus to the other takes about half an hour. For most of the journey you’ll „float“ above the river, but you’ll also cross the premises of Bayer and the Autobahn A46 on your way.
To take a ride, you’ll only need a regular public transport ticket which you can buy at every station.

The Schwebebahn is a very popular motif for photographers from all over the world. It is also regularly featured in movies and TV series, for example in Wim Wenders’ „Alice in the Cities“, Tom Tykwer’s „The Princess and the Warrior“ or the 1990s version of the kids’ TV show „The Little Vampire“.

http://www.schwebebahn.de/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuppertal_Schwebebahn

written by scorpie

5 comments

  1. gemma81de

    gemma81de

    Great location, although I'm a bit sick to the stomach now. ;) I had no idea about the history of the Schwebebahn and how relatively old it is. Wow!

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  2. camerao

    camerao

    great story (did not know about the films) and a great job with Horizon! Feel a bit like gemma, but have been two or three times in the Schwebebahn, for making photos, and forgot about my sikness!

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  3. scorpie

    scorpie

    thank you for your comments!

    i am scared of heights myself, but being on the schwebebahn isn't that bad - it's the getting in and out again, that still freaks me out a little ;)

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  4. li-li

    li-li

    oh i love it, it's such a great thing :-) i live in a city next to Wuppertal and had the pleasure to travel in the Schwebebahn a few times already. Although it still feels a bit weird each time and scares me I think it's amazing!
    over 3 years ago · report as spam
  5. gepo1303

    gepo1303

    Sas will ich auch mal knipsen. Es gibt einfach zuviel zu knipsen...

    about 2 years ago · report as spam

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