In the summer of 1898, the "Continental Society for Electrical Enterprises" commenced with the construction of the suspension railway over the Wupper river. Around two and a half years later, the "Wupper Valley" was immersed in a sea of flags: Wilhelm II and his consort Auguste Viktoria themselves rode the suspension railway on 24 October 1900, on an imperial trial run from Döppersberg to Vohwinkel. How fortunate that Carriage No. 5 has been preserved for posterity. After painstaking restoration work, the Wuppertal Stadtwerke municipal utility company has put it and an identical secondary carriage into service as the "suspended lounge of Wuppertal". The nostalgic Imperial Carriage is now available for you and your festivities. Glide imperially with your guests over the Wupper river - an unforgettable experience! There are enough occasions for festivities in the Imperial Carriage: birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, stag parties or weddings...
Throughout the entire year the historic carriage is in use for relaxing trips in a cosy atmosphere or convivial journeys on which one can enjoy a pre-lunch drink or two. In the evening the Imperial Carriage is starting out for its Tour of Lights. The tours take about one hour. Hostesses in historic costumes accompany you on these round trips and provide you with fascinating insights into the history of our city.
Tickets for the Imperial Carriage tours can be easily booked online on www.kaiserwagen.de or directly at Wuppertal Touristik, Kirchstraße 16 under telephone number +49 (0)202 563 2270.
Your prince has already wooed you. But before you harness the horses to the wedding carriage, why not walk in the Kaiser's footsteps!
The Imperial Carriage, with a total of 61 seats and including the conductor, is available to hire: simply call us on telephone number 0202 569-5260, and we can take a look and see whether the train is still free on your desired date. We are also happy to provide advisory services regarding furnishings, decorations and catering for your festivities.
A PDF containing the latest price information, and including a form for booking inquiries, can be found here.
Our PDF flyer "Wedding in the Imperial Carriage" can be found here.
Booking other carriages
We will gladly reserve a modern suspension railway articulated train carriage for you. We will be happy to advise you – and already wish you a good trip. A PDF containing the latest price information, and including a form for booking inquiries, can be found here.