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Schwebebahn Wuppertal, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler

The coolest trans­port­a­tion sys­tem in the world: The Schwebe­bahn in Wup­per­tal

The Ber­gis­che-Drei-Mis­sion: Wup­per­tal is known for a very spe­cial kind of pub­lic trans­port­a­tion. I had to get on board and find the place where 50 years ago a cir­cus an­im­al jumped out.

With two thirds of the city covered in green, Wup­per­tal is the green­est city of Ger­many! It?s a fun city that of­fers great hik­ing op­por­tun­it­ies, or, when you feel like rest­ing your feet for a while, en­joy the coolest pub­lic trans­port­a­tion in the world! The Schwebe­bahn is a sus­pen­sion rail­way, so tak­ing a ride makes you feel like you are hov­er­ing above the city. It?s a great ex­per­i­ence and a fun way to see the city!

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    Schwebebahn Wuppertal, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
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    Schwebebahn Wuppertal, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
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    Schwebebahn Wuppertal, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
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    Schwebebahn Wuppertal, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler
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Schwebebahn Wuppertal, © Bjorn Troch, The Social Traveler

The story goes that in the 1950?s, a cir­cus dir­ect­or wanted to pro­mote his cir­cus and took a ride in the Schwebe­bahn with one of his baby ele­phants. Dur­ing the ride, the baby ele­phant got scared and jumped straight in­to the river be­low the train. Since then, the little ele­phant is known as ?Tuffi?, or ?Little diver?. The place where he jumped out of the train is marked and can be seen from the train. For those con­cerned about Tuffi?s well-be­ing: he was res­cued out of the river and re­turned to the cir­cus safe and sound! ;-)

Read more about The So­cial Trav­el­er in Wup­per­tal.

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