Sunday, July 6, 2014

Düsseldorf, Wuppertal

(Please note this post was made 2017-04-06). Sorting my old photos, and now I've reached my summer trip of 2014. During the July, I've travelled two times to Amsterdam, first by plane, second time by train. In this post I'll cover my visit to Düsseldorf and Wuppertal.
 Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof, built 1932-1936
 Clock tower
 It is Germany's fourth busiest station. Here Coradia Lint train for NWB RE10 Düsseldorf Hbf  – Kleve line.
 RE2 Rhein-Haard-Express Münster - Düsseldorf
 Stadler Flirt train for Eurobahn service RE13 Maas-Wupper-Express from Hamm to Venlo
 That is my train to Wuppertal.
 Eurobahn is a brand name used by Keolis which is owned by SNCF.
 After a short trip, I'm in Wuppertal
 The train continues to Hamm
 DBAG Class 423 S-Bahn train
 ICE 2 train

 That is the main reason for my visit to Wuppertal. Wuppertal suspension railway is the oldest electric elevated railway with hanging cars in the world and is a unique system.
 Located above the river Wupper
 The first train started operating in 1901. On 24 October 1900, Emperor Wilhelm II participated in a monorail trial run.

 Landgericht station

 Kaiserwagen is a famous car on the Wuppertal Suspension Railway that was built in 1900.

 Oberbarmen end station
 The whole trip takes 30min and it is 13km long

Wuppertal-Arrenberg. "Alltagsmenschen" ("ordinary people") by Christel Lechner

 Some part of the railway is over the streets, like here at Sonnborner Straße

 I've reached the other loop station - Vohwinkel Schwebebahn

 Germany was about to win FIFA World Cup in 2014, which they did on 13th of July.

 At Zoo/Stadion the suspension railway is crossing the ordinary railway

 Schwebebahn lauf is a half marathon arranged every summer

 Rathaus Elberfeld
 Jubiläumsbrunnen with a Neptune
 Zuckerfritz, a statue commemorating Fritz Poth, a peddler from the town. He got this name because he liked to accept sugar bits and sweets (but also cigarette butts).

 Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof

 Carl Eugen Langen was the inventor of the suspension railway in Wuppertal
 I'm back at the station.
 ICE 3 train
 S7 line Wuppertal-Solingen-Dussedorf operated by Abellio with Coradia Lint train
 I'm taking same train I was coming with, this time heading to Venlo in the Netherlands

 I'm now visiting Düsseldorf
 Also here was a sport event that day - Düsseldorf Thriathlon

 Neuer Zollhof is one of the landmarks in Düsseldorf
 The building complex consisting of three separate buildings, was designed by American architect Frank O. Gehry and completed in 1998.

 Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the seventh most populous city in Germany.
 Like many other cities in Germany, Düsseldorf was heavily bombed during World War II.
 One of the building in harbour district
 Rheinturm TV tower, built 1981
 There is a viewing platform on top

 Runners below

 Rhein river
 Oberkasseler Brücke
 Metallurgical plants Krupp Mannesmann

Boats from Netherlands

 Goose Fountain (Gänsebrunnen), by Willy Meller in 1956
 Kö-Bogen, designed by the New York architect Daniel Libeskind is a mixed use building completed in 2013 housing both office and retail space in downtown Dusseldorf.

 Old and new

 Schloss Jägerhof
 What are these lamps doing in a park?
It is a light park bench installation "UV-A UV-B" by the Düsseldorf artist Stefan Sous at night along the Reitallee.

 Reitallee at Hofgarten

 Düsseldorf Stadtbahn is a light railway opened in 1988.
 Operated with B80D and B80C rail cars

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