Yesterday I made an long excursion in the area of the association of transport companies (VRR). With my transit pass I can take all the trains, buses and trams in the region Düsseldorf South. From Monday to Friday it’s only valid from 1 a.m to 7 p.m without a additional charge in Essen.
I took the rail rapid train S 1 to Duisburg main station and then the local train RE 5 to Düsseldorf-Benrath. A RE = regional express doesn’t stop at every station (but this is not always the truth because they are subjected to the special purpose associations (every associations in Germany has a right of determination in his own district, the DB, German Railway is only the operator of the trains) and they decide where the local trains stop.
In Düsseldorf-Benrath I changed into the bus line 788 to Monheim. It’s a small town with 40.000 inhabitants on the Rhine. But the river is fare away from the centre. You can’t see it from the bus station. Here is a connection (line 233) to Leverkusen which is in the association of transport companies VRS. Monheim is a part of the VRS, too.
The city centre is small without a lot of shops. A commercial centre welcomes the visitors at the bus station but that’s all. The back of the city centre there are a lot of Turkish shops and yesterday was a market between this shops where veiled women go around. It’s a big contrast to the quarters where the bus line has crossed because in the quarter „Baumberg“ there are a lot of really nice houses. I decided to leave the town and go to Langenfeld with the bus line 791.
Langenfeld is the neighbourhood, with 56.000 inhabitants. In the former times Langenfeld was known to his badminton club that played in the first division. Björn Joppien, Thorsten Joppien, Fabrienne Deprez and Kathrin Wanhoff (ex. Kathrin Piotrowski) had played there.
In 2010 they relegated the to third German division.
The town has a lake for waterskiing in the north of the town otherwise a normal city centre with more shops as Monheim. The pedestrian area is here bigger, too. It was a short stay here because the city can’t really impressed myself. So I took the next bus of the line 785 to Hilden.
Hilden has 54.000 inhabitants and is situated in the south of Düsseldorf and in the west of Wuppertal and only one pedestrian area with the shops for the everyday life. In sports the town is only know with the sports club SV Hilden-Nord. There is an outdoor swimming pool in the forest, and other nices places. Hilden is discreet.
In order to get to Wuppertal I took the bus line 784. The bus line is operated by Rheinbahn and crosses two towns (Hilden and Haan) to their final stop in Wuppertal-Vohwinkel. In Haan (29.000 inhabitants) I didn’t make a stop. Whereas in Hilden there were a lot of cyclists, in Haan on the high ground of the Bergisches Land, there is nothing. The name „Bergisches Land“ comes from a foreign duchy and not why this region is mountainous that’s why there is no translation into English.
The final stop of the bus line 784 is the railway station of Wuppertal-Vohwinkel. The quarter Vohwinkel is situated in the west of the city centre this special town. The name Wuppertal was built after a long time because at first there were towns: Barmen and Elberfeld. In 1929 this area has the name „Wuppertal“. The landmark is the Wuppertal Suspension Railway that connects Oberbarmen in the East of the town with Vohwinkel in the west of the town. The first track opened in 1901. The line has a distance about 13 kilometres (8,3 miles). Every 4 or 5 minutes runs a train. In the evening every 15 minutes and you can use it without an additional charge.
Yesterday I took the train from Vohwinkel to main station (Döpperberg). The problem is at the moment the German railway wants to install a new train system for the next years. That’s signify that they must put up new signals and new points in Wuppertal. At first they wanted to get ready in 2014 but then they have detected a problem with the geological soil. For this reason the project slowed to 2017 and that why a lot of trains doesn’t run on the weekend to the normal final stops. In 2017 there are a big construction site when the German railway must stop every train connection in Wuppertal in order to realise the project.
My rail rapid train went in the last days only to Velbert-Langenberg instead of Wuppertal Vohwinkel. In the station there are a lot of subtle hint that the train doesn’t run to the final stop. On the one hand I wanted to show you the Wuppertal Suspension train on the other hand I wanted to avoid the rail replacement bus service (I don’t know the timetables), so I went the main station of Wuppertal. At the moment there is a big construction site because the new bus station is building but my favourite bus went to Velbert Langenberg. I took the line 647 to Velbert Langenberg that runs to Hattingen centre.
Waiting to the bus in the centre of Wuppertal is always tiring because the heat in summer is the narrow block of houses unbearable. It’s only in Wuppertal. Is there are no fresh air or draught? I don’t know. Or the situation in the valley? The city centre of Wuppertal is surrounded of high mountains. If you are going to the south of to the north the bus must work hard, that’s why in this city the bicycle has no chance.
The journey time is 47 minutes (Wuppertal-Velbert Langenberg). When the bus leaves the big city (with 343.000 inhabitants) the bus enters a rural area. In this idyllic situation is the transmitting installation of the broadcasting of WDR. Once times I was on the mountain where the transmitting installation is located.
Langenberg (15.000 inhabitants) has a lot of half-timbered houses in his centre. A girl with a Dutch textbook was sitting on a kerb and learn this language. Unfortunately I was surprised so that I couldn’t say something.
In the end I took the rail rapid train S 9 to Essen-West.