Hanging out on the Schwebebahn

This week I went with my visiting father and my youngest daughter to Wuppertal and took a ride on the Schwebebahn.

My grandfather lived in Wuppertal around 1911 – and he had told my father about the marvellous “hanging railway” which runs along the route of the Wupper river, from one end of Wuppertal to the other. So here we were, nearly a century later – three more generations of the family – taking a ride on our ancestor’s route to work.

The first thing you see as you approach the tracks is an amazing iron structure spanning the river and stretching off into the distance in each direction.


The train carriages are suspended from the overhead rail… quite a long way up over the river…


When we got on the train it was packed… but I managed to position myself behind the driver’s cab where you get the best view over the river…

It’s a fabulous way to see Wuppertal – the views across all parts of the city are spectacular. Particularly as you are suspended so high up.

Every now and then you meet another Schwebebahn coming the other way.

We went all the way from the city centre up to Oberbarmen and back – about half an hour’s round trip.

I’d like to give a vote of thanks to this part of the train…

… this was the bit that kept us attached to the overhead rail.




Filed under About Germany, Life in Germany

3 responses to “Hanging out on the Schwebebahn

  1. Nicole

    I love the Schwebebahn and Wuppertal! My mother was born and raised in Wuppertal then came to the States and got married. As a child I visited Wuppertal just about every summer. My own children have been twice – my son fell in love with the Schwebebahn. However, when we were there this past summer all of the trains were in the shed for 2 weeks while they repaired the stations – so sad! Thanks for writing about the Schwebebahn and thanks for writing you blog. I am really enjoying it.

  2. Doris and Don Estridge.

    I was born in Wuppertal, lived there till I was 15 years old, I was riding in it since I was 7 years . Live in USA now , but went back for many years , took my Kids and Husband to ride in the schwebebahn to.

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