A hanging tram: Schwebebahn in Wuppertal

The hanging tram, the monorail, the suspension train in my hometown Wuppertal, Germany, is called SCHWEBEBAHN – built 1901, down on the street: a fleamarket – comment by Thiophene (Pennsylvania): “it seems like a long-lost scene from Metropolis (but in color)” +++ comment by tigric (London): “great way to escape the crowds! thanks for sharing, I haven’t seen this before!” +++ comment by B. Kleinhans (San Francisco): “like the happy teeth on the outside of the tram car” +++ comment by breeblebox, Netherlands: “I alway pass the Wuppertal exit on the highway at German Autobahn-speed, usually heading for Italy. But now I see this I think I need to take that Ausfahrt (=Exit) some day. Great place!”

photo by frizztext, more via Monorail in Wuppertal, Germany; my picture was also introduced in the book “La Ville Mobile” by Constance Rubini, Biennale Internationale Design 2010 Saint-Étienne, France
another photo, featuring the Schwebebahn:
Schwebebahn Wuppertal

no-colorsMetropolis Angst

in the days of my childhood there – 1950/7/21 – a little elephant, his name was Tuffi – fell out off the suspension railway and landed in the river Wupper below the hanging tram, luckily he wasn’t hurt!
[more: “Tuffi and the suspension railway” by Ernst-Andreas Ziegler, published 1970 by J.H. Born GmbH, Wuppertal, Germany]

PINA BAUSCH, the famous dance company choreographer, worked also in my hometown. She died 2011. Wim Wenders created a 3D-movie, title “PINA”;
was nominated for an Oscar …

About frizztext

writer, photographer, guitarist

24 responses to “A hanging tram: Schwebebahn in Wuppertal

  1. This is so interesting. Never seen one of these hanging trams!


  2. Very nice, love the monorail.


  3. Very cool! Love the brightly colored tram cars.


  4. Ronnie@Hurtledto60

    Goodness me, that has taken me back. I had forgotten all about the tram in Wuppertal. We were stationed in Germany for three years 1960/1963 and used to visit the zoo regularly. Thank you for a reminder of happy memories.


  5. That looks like so much fun! Well done for getting your photo into the public eye like that! Poor little elephant 🙂


  6. Cool! I’ve never seen Schwebebahn before! Great way to see the city.


  7. Interesting! I didn’t know about this.


  8. Cool! Hadn’t heard of this either!


  9. Did you know there is a very small little village in South Africa that is also called Wuppertal?
    – a missionarie in the heart of Cederberg mountains started by German missionaries


  10. I’ve never seen a hanging tram before today, and I’m fascinated by it. Thank you so much for posting those photos.


  11. I can see why your photography was included, Frizz! Stunning, as always, sir!


  12. Great video! 🙂


  13. The hanging tram is amazing. I’d love to ride on it. 😉


  14. Interesting tram and tram ride. I have not seen this before.
    But I don’t like the crowds…the “foot-traffic jam.”


  15. Great idea and realization to manage the traffic
    Wonder it is not found also in another town


  16. really like those pictures, particularly the top 2 🙂


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