It’s not every day that normal, everyday public transportation fits on a “things to do” guide. But, the Schwebebahn in Wuppertal isn’t normal.
What makes this system so unique that it makes it into Germany’s Top 100 sites often? It’s a suspension railway. According to Wikipedia, it’s the world’s oldest electric elevated railway with hanging cars.
Its story dates back to the 19th century. The designer originally intended on selling the idea to Berlin, but ended up in Wuppertal. When construction finished in October 1900, Emperor Wilhelm II held one of the test runs. The car that he rode, the Kaiserswagon, is still used and can even be reserved for special events.
The Schwebebahn stops at 20 stations, and the whole journey takes approximately 30 minutes.
The address listed is for the Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof.
Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof, Wuppertal, Germany