The oldest suspension railway in the world is Wuppertals star attraction. The route is 13 km long [ 8 miles ] Top speed is 60 km/h. It is suspended over the river Wupper and streets. Tickets are bought at a kiosk.
Staying in a nearby hotel so a trip to see the penguins in the zoo pretty much guaranteed! Most of the usual suspects on show here and, of course, the penguins put on a good show.
Enjoyed our short visit here.
Wuppertal historic sites
About 40% of buildings in the city were destroyed by Allied bombing during World War II. However, a lot of historic sites have been preserved among them:
Concert hall (Stadthalle),
Sankt Laurentius church,
Ölberg, literally “Oil Mountain”, Germany’s largest original working class district, is protected as a historic monument.
You can watch my 2 min 55 sec Video Wuppertal out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
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Wuppertal Suspension Railway
The Wuppertal Suspension Railway is a suspension railway in Wuppertal and one of the most famous in Germany.
Its full name is "Electric Elevated Railway Installation (Suspension Railway), Eugen Langen System". It is the oldest electric elevated railway with hanging cars in the world and is a unique system.
Designed by Eugen Langen to sell to the city of Berlin. The installation with elevated stations was built in between 1897 and 1903, the first track opened in 1901.
The suspension railway travels along a route of 13.3 kilometres, at a height of about 12 metres above the river Wupper.
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The building was built in 1900 in the eclectic style of pseudogothic. The Town Hall building with penthouse has four floors on the south facade of the New Market area. On the north side adjusted later as a part of the skewed letter "U" with a closed courtyard.
The main structural element of the building – the 79-meter tower at the south facade crowned by a peaked roof covered with copper patina. The tower clock equipped with bells battle dials are on all four sides of the tower.
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Ride the Schwebebahn
Sitting in the unique traffic vehicle known around the world it is just like sitting in a boat.
When driving through curves the cars keep on swinging for a while when going back onto straight forward.
However, since the "Schwebebahn" is following the course of the river, swinging is quite a steady movement. Not really for everybody, if seasickness is a problem.
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Art Nouveau Stations
Whilst many of the stations are being modernised, with glass and steel with easier access for wheelchair users via modern lifts, it was good to see that some stations were being preserved as listed buildings. This is one such station at Landgericht.
The western terminal of the 8.3 mile length of the track is Vohwinkel - one of 4 overland stations. The easternmost station is Oberbarmen and it takes about 30 minutes to ride the length. The 20 stationsx are a mix of modern (glass) and old styles (art nouveay). We parked the car near Westende station, one of the modern ones and rode sections in either direction but not the complete route.
We spent several minutes on the Landgericht station admiring its charm and views of the bridges over the River Wupper.
With trains running ever couple of minutes or so it was no problem to let a few trains go past and take some pics before getting another one.
Construction on the Schwebebahn began in 1898 with its official opening in summer of 1901. The last section was opened to the public in 1903. In the 1970's the carriages were replaced with modern ones - all except for the Kaiser carriage which is used on special occassions - unfortunately we did not see this one.
Hammerstein is a relatively new station - opened in August 2001. Its just after the Sonnborner station and passes the Sonnborner busy road junction which was built in the 1970's. It was Europe's biggest junction with its 14 roads, railway bridge and pylons of the Schwebebahn
Sonnborner Station is one of the 4 that travels overland and over one of the busiest shopping areas too -especially when street market is on! The track is squeezed into a tight space and you can almost peer through the windows of the buildings as you pass by!
Don't think I'd live to live in one of those buildings :-S
Tons of Bridges!
In the construction of the suspended railway a total of 19,200 tons of iron were used and includes 472 supporting iron trestles and bridges - quite an engineering feat!. Here's a view through the engine window of some of the ironwork. The train driver was kind enough to open the window betweeb his cab and the passenger coach for me - what a kind man!
A ride on this old suspended railway along the wuppertal is a real fun experience. It runs for a distance of 8.3 miles and there are 20 stations on route - 4 are over land and the other 16 follow the River Wupper.
Wuppertal used to be a really prosperous city.
Around the year 1900 a lot of building works where going on...
The houses build in that time are witnesses of a rich period.
In whole Wuppertal you can find great houses except in the pedestrian center in the middle of town.
We found this beautifull ornament in the Haarlhausstrasse. Witch is a side street of the Friedrich-ebert strasse. The houses where build in 1897 and the style is rather ecclectic...
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