Barrier-free experiences in the Bergisches Land
Müngsten Bridge, Panarbora, and the industrial museum
Hilly landscapes and exciting cities – the Bergisches Land and the three “Bergische Drei” cities of Wuppertal, Solingen, and Remscheid are ideal destinations for those who love nature or want to explore cities.
Nature in the Bergisches Land lends itself to explorations on foot or by bike. If the name makes you think you’d have to go up- and downhill all the time, you’re wrong. Railway routes like the Bergischer Panoramaweg or the Balkantrasse follow former railway tracks through the region without any gradient to speak of. Views of impressive dams are included, since the Bergisches Land is the region with the most dams in Europe.
If you enjoy a long view, take a hike on the “Baumwipfelpfad” (tree summit path) in the Panarbora Nature Discovery Park to enjoy the view of the Bergisches Land. Visitors can also learn interesting things about the nature and people of the region at the learning and experience stations here. Extraordinary places to spend the night include Asian yurts, African mud cottages, and South-American stilt houses that invite you to linger for a couple of days.
The region has more to offer than just a few unique natural landscapes. The cities of Wuppertal, Solingen, and Remscheid stand out with their special charisma. This is not least because the marks left by the three cities’ industrial heritage are still cultivated to this day. “F. & W. Hendrichs – Scherenschlägerei u. Gesenkschmiede – Gegründet 1886”, the distinctive corner façade of the LVR-Museum Gesenkschmiede Hendrichs in Solingen announces the original founding date of the former scissor production and swaging plant, where visitors can still watch up close how scissor blanks used to be forged.
The Müngsten Bridge, Germany’s highest railway bridge, connects the towns of Solingen and Remscheid. It towers over the Brückenpark, which is a great place to learn about the background of industrial history, or to simply enjoy a picnic in the shadow of the impressive bridge.