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The Ber­gisch Three for fam­il­ies

Tips for days out in Wup­per­tal, Rem­scheid and Solin­gen

Our tips for fam­ily days out in the north of Ber­gisches Land: Three cit­ies of­fer­ing sport­ing activ­it­ies, an­im­al dis­cov­ery and me­di­ev­al ad­ven­ture.

Wup­per­tal: Des­tin­a­tion zoo on the sus­pen­sion rail­way

A vis­it to the zoo and a ride on Wup­per­tal?s sus­pen­sion rail­way are two out­ings that are sure to get the kids ex­cited. Both can eas­ily be com­bined in the largest city of the Ber­gisch Three re­gion. Wup­per­tal Zoo is one of the stops on the sus­pen­sion rail­way net­work, so this un­usu­al mode of pub­lic trans­port is the ideal way to get there. One of the main at­trac­tions at the zoo is un­doubtedly the pen­guin en­clos­ure. A 15-metre-long ac­ryl­ic glass tun­nel gives vis­it­ors a unique per­spect­ive of the birds? swim­ming and diving ac­ro­bat­ics.

Act­ive fam­il­ies will love a trip on the rail-cycle in Wup­per­tal. Up to four pas­sen­gers can sit on each vehicle, which re­quires ped­al-power to move along a rail­way track. Reas­on­ably fit fam­il­ies will be able to clip through the forest land­scape of Ber­gisches Land at a good pace, ad­mir­ing the un­spoilt scenery which looks like it has hardly changed since the time of the high­way rob­bers.

Fam­il­ies who love wa­ter-based activ­it­ies will also find plenty of amuse­ment in Wup­per­tal. A former world cham­pi­on in white wa­ter ca­noe­ing runs fam­ily-friendly dis­cov­ery tours on the Wup­per river. With a bit of luck, young nature-lov­ers might even spot a rare king­fish­er along the banks.

The Balkan­trasse cycle path between Wup­per­tal and Leverkusen is ideal for a fam­ily-friendly cyc­ling tour. This mainly flat route along former rail­way lines provides a great way to dis­cov­er the hilly re­gion around the Ber­gisch Three with little ef­fort. The Balkan­trasse has re­cently been joined to three oth­er cycle paths to form the Ber­gisch Pan­or­ama Cycle Track net­work.

Schloss Burg in Solin­gen

At Schloss Burg castle in Solin­gen, young vis­it­ors can eas­ily ima­gine that they have gone back in time to the Middle Ages. The at­trac­tions in the largest re­stored me­di­ev­al castle in West­ern Ger­many in­clude the knights? hall, the an­ces­tral hall, the ladies? heated apart­ments and the chapel. In sum­mer, the joust­ing tour­na­ments and me­di­ev­al re-en­act­ments provide en­ter­tain­ment for all the fam­ily as well as a chance to learn more about the chiv­al­ric age of knights and their ladies. The an­nu­al chil­dren?s fest­iv­al has pup­pet shows, face-paint­ing and count­less oth­er fun activ­it­ies for little ones.

Müng­sten Via­duct Park

Ger­many?s highest rail­way via­duct con­nects Solin­gen with Rem­scheid. At 107 metres high and 500 metres long, it shortens the rail­way route between the two cit­ies to just eight kilo­metres. Be­neath the bridge, Müng­sten Via­duct Park has plenty for fam­il­ies to see and do: from nature trails to in­form­a­tion about loc­al in­dus­tri­al her­it­age and feats of en­gin­eer­ing, through to spa­cious play­grounds and pic­nic areas, crazy golf, a play and fit­ness path, a trans­port­er bridge, and last but not least the ?Müng­sten Puzzle?, which is es­pe­cially pop­u­lar with kids. The great news for large fam­il­ies is that entry to the park is free of charge. The an­nu­al Müng­sten Via­duct Fest­iv­al, where the at­trac­tions in­clude old steam trains, provides a great day out for both young and old.

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Mittelaltermarkt auf Schloss Burg, © Kristine Löw / Bergische Entwicklungsagentur
Gemeinsame Fahrt auf den Schienen, © Kristine Löw / Bergische Entwicklungsagentur
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