Wuppertal is famous for its elevated railway, which snakes through the city center, over canals, and into the hearts of everyone who rides it. There's nothing quite like it, but it's not the only reason to visit this western German city. Wuppertal offers imaginative art in its sculpture parks and the Von der Heydt Museum. It has a fantastic zoo, captivating modern architecture, and a welcoming attitude - with an endearing sense of fun. That's why plenty of people pass through the Wuppertal Hbf train station all the time. And when tourists arrive, it always helps to know how to get back to the station when their visit has come to an end.
The main transport hub in Wuppertal, the Wuppertal Hbf train station, can be found south of the River Wupper, not far from the vast majority of the city's attractions. The city center is located near the Von der Heydt Museum. From there, travelers can catch the 622 bus straight to the station, or choose to take a taxi for marginally faster transfers - though there's not much difference. Visitors to the Botanical Garden can take the suspension rail network or the 611 bus. The suspension rail also runs south-west to the city zoo, as do conventional rail connections. Art fans can head back to the station from the Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden by catching the 628 bus. Everything in the city is well connected, and taxis will rarely be required. Finally, those coming from Dusseldorf Airport can take DB trains.
Wuppertal isn't a large city, but it helps to know exactly how long transfers are likely to take. For instance, the Von der Heydt Museum is two-tenths of a mile (0.4 kilometers) from the station, and buses will take seven minutes but walking isn't much slower. The suspension railway runs from the zoo in 15 minutes, although overground trains are far faster - covering the three miles (five kilometers) distance in five minutes. The suspension railway from the Botanical Garden takes approximately ten minutes and will be quicker than buses. Buses from the Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden reach the station in 15 minutes. The route from there is a little indirect, and taxis can reach the station in five minutes - good to know when time is short. Those coming from the airport at Dusseldorf should leave 45-50 minutes for train journeys, and 35-40 minutes for taxis.
One of Germany's oldest stations, the Wuppertal Hbf train station was rebuilt in 2009-2010, adding modern facilities to enhance its accessibility. That's good news for mobility-impaired visitors, who benefit from step-free access, ample disabled parking, adapted ticketing facilities, easy platform and boarding access, and in-person help when moving through the station. When they enter the building, wheelchair users should find using the cafes, stores, concourse, and station facilities, hassle-free. Limited-mobility visitors should plan in advance how they wish to get to the train station. For instance, when they travel to the station from Wuppertal city center, wheelchair users may want to use the Schwebebahn (suspension railway). The carriages themselves are spacious and well adapted for wheelchairs, but the elevated stations can cause issues for some people. There are elevators, but they may not be operational at all times. Buses are more reliable and overground rail links are accessible for the mobility impaired. However, if travelers want total peace of mind, it's advisable to book specialist taxi services.
If visitors have some time to kill at Wuppertal Hbf and are worrying about what to do near the train station, there are plenty of options. Firstly, they can hop on the Schwebebahn and head to the zoo, or just experience the unique elevated railway as it wanders through town. The zoo is 15 minutes away, and special return tickets are available, so it may be suitable for families if they have a few hours spare. Otherwise, it's easy to cross the Wupper river to the city center, where visitors can enter the Von der Heydt Museum. Filled with notable artworks from the 17th century and onward, it offers more than enough to make a couple of hours fly by. Alternatively, Skulpturenpark is only ten minutes away by bus. If the weather is good, it's an excellent place to walk, offering imaginative modern works by European masters.