Wuppertal’s main attraction for tourists is undoubtedly its suspension railway, a world-famous landmark which has enjoyed protected status since 1997. Built in 1901 as “a suspended monorail”, today it is both a tourist attraction and an important means of public transport. Suspended eight to twelve metres above the ground, passengers are conveyed from station to station, over river and land, in a comfortable ride from the northeast to the southwest of the city.
The largest city in the Bergisch Three triangle is also famous for its variety of museums. The Von der Heydt Museum is home to a world-class art collection with works spanning the 16th century to the present day. Meanwhile, the “Historisches Zentrum” museum is dedicated to the region’s early industrial heritage. Another part of this museum complex is the Engelshaus, which was once home to businessman, philosopher and historian Friedrich Engels.
Wuppertal is also well known in the dance scene as the location of the internationally renowned Tanztheater Pina Bausch. The dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, who died in 2009, is remembered as one of the key figures in the performing arts, having revolutionised the world of dance and created the genre of dance theatre.
Nature lovers will also feel right at home in Wuppertal, which could justifiably call itself Germany’s greenest city on account of the green spaces that make up over a third of its total area. An extensive parkland with a fine mature tree population is also home to Wuppertal Zoo. Here, visitors can admire around 5,000 animals with just short of 500 different species represented. Another park with plenty to see is Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, where walkers will come across modern sculptures from contemporary artists amid the greenery.