If you are someone who likes to travel by train, this story will definitely inspire you to book your tickets to Germany right away! Well, you must have traveled on several trains, but what the Wuppertal Schwebebahn in Germany offers is quite unique, as they are the only “upside down” railways in the world!
Yes, you read that right. You’ll be amazed to see the Wuppertal Schwebebahn “upside down” railway, which looks like an out-of-the-ordinary scene
Explaining Upside Down Railroads
The “upside down” or suspended railway is an elevated monorail, in which the vehicle is suspended from a fixed track, built just above waterways or roads. The train hangs under a railway track and carries loads or people.
History of the monorail
Construction of this monorail began in 1898, and the train began operating in 1901. By 1925, the railway had carried its 20 millionth passenger across the Wupper River, creating a milestone. Cut to 2019, the wagons were replaced with new “Generation 15” wagons.
Located in Wuppertal in the north of the Rhine, the monorail has become an important part of the city and transports nearly 80,000 passengers daily. For the best views, try to sit in the back of one of the wagons. Locals love traveling on this reverse train, not only because the views are amazing, but also because it saves them from heavy traffic.
The frequency of the train is approximately every five minutes, so there is never a long wait. Today, the railway has become a landmark, an emblematic symbol of the region. The locals are proud of it and brag about it.
The train stops at 20 stations and the entire journey is covered in just 30 minutes.
A dot: For those in town for a day, consider purchasing unlimited 24-hour access to the Schwebebahn for €7.30 (around INR 606) and single rides are available for €3 (INR 249).