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.