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Wuppertal is actually just one of many German cities, somewhere between a village and a big city. Often overshadowed in its popularity by the two neighboring cities of Düsseldorf and Cologne, Wuppertal nevertheless has one very special feature that cannot be found in any other city in the world: The suspension railroad. Built in 1901, it glides, suspended from a green rail frame, over the Wupper River and across the valley axis over a distance of 13.3 km from station to station.
In 1930, the cities of Barmen, Elberfeld and Vohwinkel joined to form today's Wuppertal. Even today, one can feel the striking differences between these districts, and not only spatially. The meticulously maintained streets in Germany's largest contiguous villa district run within walking distance of alternative and also poverty-stricken neighborhoods with run-down old and post-war buildings. Each district has its own image.Little new is happening in this city.
Philipp Czampiel was born in Wuppertal...