Wuppertal, The City with the Flying Train

By Ruben Alexander

GERMANY – Wuppertal (population: +/- 350,000), which as the name suggests, lies in the valley of the river Wupper, is a town I had long wanted to visit for two reasons. Firstly, “only” 40% of it was destroyed in WW2, making it good place to see what other towns in the heavily industrialised Rhine-Ruhr region (most of which were almost completely destroyed) must have looked like before. Secondly, its schwebebahn (‘floating train’), which is suspended over the river Wupper, is unique in the world.

1. Tannenbergstraße

My first impression was similar to that of the much smaller Belgian town of Verviers:

2. Friedrich Ebert-Straße
3. Friedrich Ebert-Straße
4. Friedrich Ebert-Straße
5. Friedrich Ebert-Straße

The monorail again:

6. Friedrich Ebert-Straße
7. Friedrich Ebert-Straße
8. Friedrich Ebert-Straße

It’s almost surrealistic to see such long rows of nineteenth century houses in a German town this size:

9. Friedrich Ebert-Straße
10. Friedrich Ebert-Straße

Wuppertal, which translates as Wupper Valley, is much longer than it is wide, and follows the valley for about 10 kilomters:

11. Friedrich Ebert-Straße
12. Friedrich Ebert-Straße
13. Friedrich Ebert-Straße

Of course I couldn’t visit Wuppertal without taking the monorail, which is quite noisy and not very comfortable:

14. Wuppertal Schwebebahn

I got off at Oberbarmen, at the eastern end of town:

15. Oberbarmen station
16. Oberbarmen station

This area seems to have been more heavily bombed, and fewer pre-war buildings remain:

17. Berliner Straße
18. Färberstraße
19. Berliner Straße
20. Werther Brücke station

The center of Barmen, which I think functions as the main center of the whole of Wuppertal:

21. Lindenstraße
22. Lindenstraße

Apart from the monorail, this area looks similar to other West-German towns that were rebuilt after the war:

23. Friedrich-Engels-Allee

Continuing westwards (I had my folding bike with me), back into the part of town that wasn’t bombed:

24. Farbmühle
25. Farbmühle
26. Hünefeldstraße
27. Hünefeldstraße
28. Hardtufer
29. Hofkamp

The center of Wuppertal itself:

30.

Close to where I initially got on the monorail:

31. Friedrich Ebert-Straße
32. Friedrich Ebert-Straße

Climbing a hill in the eastern end of town:

33. Eugen-Langen-Straße
34. Haeselerstraße
35. Westend station

Back on the bridge from which I took the first picture (which is close to the central station):

36. Tannenbergstraße
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