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aka Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Date of opening4 Oct 1981
Network length12.98 km (8.07 mi)
Stations20 (19*)
Stations per line10.00
Avg. station distance721 m (0.45 mi)
Avg. line length6.49 km (4.03 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 6 Jun 2016
Rhein-Ruhr Stadtbahn Album 1
System typeLRT, known as Stadtbahn
Daily ridership
Fare collectionHonour system
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyOverhead wire, 600 V
Air-conditioned trains
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
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Latest Openings

20 Feb 2016 – The new tunnel through the city centre replaces existing tram lines and links to them at both ends. New line, 3.4 km, 6 stations.

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 1 star – interesting!  Duesseldorf

The 3.4 km underground Wehrhahn Line (U71, U72, U73, U83), crossing the city centre since 2016, was conceptualized to be an "art parcours" after an international architectural competition. All six stations are designed by six different artists who all have graduated from the Duesseldorf Arts Academy. [].

Photo []: Schadowstrasse station of 2016 by Ursula Damm: Street-level cameras and sensors, detecting movements of the passers-by above, are being computed into psychedelic animations on large LED screens on the platform walls.
The subway tunnel between the stations of the Wehrhahn Line, itself snaking through the city centre, is, consequently, tiled in a snake-skin pattern, a concept being called "continuum". The municipality has invested three million euros for the art projects in the ad-free stations on the Wehrhahn Line. To counteract vandalism, a dedicated cleaning concept has been developed.

Photo [Thomas Stricker,]: Benrather Strasse station of 2016 by Thomas Stricker: Video screens, like panoramic windows of a space ship, show 90 minutes of galactic scenes in 3D animations. With the stainless steel interior, video screens and inclined pillars, the artist intended the station to open a "window to infinity".
The earliest metro line in Duesseldorf has simple yet somewhat classy stations from 1988 to 1993, all looking similar.

Photo: Oststrasse station from 1988 on line U79 with seating furniture by Charles and Ray Eames.

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

There's a modern suspended monorail at the airport. Lines S1 or S7 take you to the city. You can see the older standard Düsseldorf Stadtbahn station type on lines U74-U79 between Nordstraße and Hauptbahnhof, the newer type between Hauptbahnhof and Oberbilk. A must-see is the century-old suspended monorail in the neighbouring city of Wuppertal. To catch it, take line S8 to Wuppertal-Hauptbahnhof or Wuppertal-Oberbarmen.

Other Rail Transport in Duesseldorf

S-Bahn (suburban metro)

Metro City Hopping

Duesseldorf is part of the Rhine-Ruhr cluster of metro/subway cities with the following urban rail connections:

  Bochum    Tram line 302 (tram)    Gelsenkirchen      7 km
  Cologne    Line 16 or 18 (LRT)    Bonn      24 km
  Cologne    Lines S6 or S11 (commuter metro)    Duesseldorf      34 km
  Dortmund    Line S1 (commuter metro)    Bochum      18 km
  Duesseldorf    Line U79 (LRT)    Duisburg      23 km
  Duesseldorf    Line S8 (commuter metro)    Wuppertal      28 km
  Duisburg    Tram line 901 (tram)    Muelheim      8 km
  Essen    Line U11 or tram 107 (LRT)    Gelsenkirchen      10 km
  Essen    Line U18 (metro)    Muelheim      9 km

Relationships with Other Metros

Rhine-Ruhr LRT family
Members: Bochum, Bonn, Cologne, Dortmund, Duesseldorf, Essen, Muelheim,
Characteristics: Using very similar (Type B) trains.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

Suspended monorail linking Duesseldorf Airport with the S-Bahn.

Duration: 0:09 

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  Duesseldorf photo gallery.

Handpicked Resources Official website

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