2 Jul 2018

The coolest public transport system in the world: The Schwebebahn in Wuppertal

Schwebebahn in Wuppertal above the Wupper river

Little did I know that Wuppertal had such a fun surprise in store for me.

Wuppertal is the home to a suspension railway referred to as the 'Schwebebahn'. It's basically a 13 km metro system that floates mainly over the 'Wupper' river.

It's said to be the safest and in my opinion also the coolest public transport system in the world.

Let me take you for a ride in the video below ;-)

Tuffi the diving Elephant 

There's been one funny incident with an elephant on the Schwebebahn. In 1950 a circus director wanted to promote his circus arriving in town by taking an elephant on board of the Schwebebahn. The baby elephant panicked and jumped out of the Schwebebahn ending up in the river below.

Luckily the elephant survived with some minor injuries and since that day it was called 'Tuffi' which means 'Waterdive' in Italian :-)

place where Tuffi the elephant jumped out of the Schwebebahn in Wuppertal
This is the spot where Tuffi the elephant jumped out of the Schwebebahn in Wuppertal. 

Wuppertal Schwebebahn in photos

Schwebebahn gliding over the Wupper river in Wuppertal

Schwebebahn in action over the Wupper river in Wuppertal

Schwebebahn in action GIF over the Wupper river in Wuppertal

Schwebebahn station in Wuppertal

Adlerbruecke Schwebebahn stop in Wuppertal

Schwebebahn train approaching the station in Wuppertal

Hold on tight while you glide

Schwebebahn in city logo

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Where I stayed

I stayed at the MK Hotel which is a brewery combined with a hotel. My kind of place alright.
Check out my hypertour of the hotel below.

Book your stay here as well and support my blog ;-)

More blog posts about NRW... 

In the footsteps of Charlemagne in Aachen
Xanten, where you find Romans by the Rhine
Exploring the castles of Muensterland
Discovering the halde art installations in the Ruhr district


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