Travelling Wuppertal and find street art is as easy as can be. Take a day ticket for the suspension railway, hop-on and off and fun is guaranteed. The worlds most famous electric elevated railway with hanging cars is a unique system. On weekdays it runs every 4 minutes between Wuppertal Vohwinkel and Wuppertal Oberbarmen. The entire trip takes about 30 minutes while the train runs along a route of 13 kilometres, at a height of about 12 metres above the river Wupper. Keep your eyes wide open to both sides of the track and, when get a spectacular piece in sight, hop off the train and have a look around. Perhaps you will not be able to find the piece you had seen from the train. I suggest that most of the pieces were made for passengers of the trains, to be seen from an elevated position only. But be sure, you’ll find others on the ground.
I started my day in Wuppertal Vohwinkel. Vohwinkel station is the most western station in the city of Wuppertal. No long distance services stop at the station, but it is served by urban trains. The station building, which is more than a hundred years old, is the town’s landmark and was built at the beginning of the 20th century as a cathedral of traffic. It is a listed building and it is run by a civil citizen association to improve quality of life and living in Wuppertal-Vohwinkel.
A short walk takes you to the station of the suspension railway, now the fun can already start. Hop on a train and take a seat or take a standing place next to a window. My first stop and hop off the train was at „Kluse“ station. It has an elevator made of glass that leads to a location called „Klusesprung“. The graffiti-painted staircase was visible from afar which animated me to leave the train and have a look on it.
I then took a train back to „Robert-Daum-Platz“. Passing this station before, I saw a mural in a loud orange colour. On closer examination it was a mural designed by Martin Heuwold aka MEGX. The new designed facade of GEFA Bank, Robert-Daum-Platz 1, marks the entry of the new stretch of „Wupperweg“ between Robert-Daum-Platz and Arrenberg.
It was a short walk of 200 meters along the river only, that led me to Arrenberg with the former „ELBA Hallen“. ELBA is a well-known brand for file folders. Today lofts are housed in the former industrial site and an event location too. Have a look around. The facade of „ELBA Hallen“ was painted by MEGX and the Clown at the front too. There is a gable in Simonstraße designed 2001 by Mural Global; and there is somewhere an oversized LYP THA graffiti at a facade in Simonstraße and, and, and… Wuppertal 2015
The next stage of my trip brought me to „Loher Brücke“, where I had seen a flashy building near the track. The colour sceme of this building recalls the corporate identity of a well-known german book-retailer. So I was surprised to find out, that this building is home of an education centre for young people, so called „Junior-Uni“. In the neighbourhood there is a substation designed by MEGX. At the end of the day and after a lot of LYPS VRS TÖF CITY and all the others, I was a bit dizzy from all those impressions. I fear I have to come back later, to have a look at Obelix and the Marsupilami and – not to forget – the Lucky Luke Cowboy, somewhere along the line. And, as ever, the pictures taken at this walk are to be find here.
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