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’, or ‘floating train’, which is suspended over the river Wupper, is unique in the world.

Coming from Cologne, I

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3. My first impression reminded me most of the much smaller Belgian town of Verviers

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6. The monorail again

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

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

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

15. I got off at Oberbarmen, at the eastern end of town

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17. Though some older buildings remain, this area seems to have been more heavily bombed

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20. Werther Brücke monorail station

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

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

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

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29. In the center of Wuppertal

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

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