A city full of ideas
With a great past towards the future: travel on the famous suspension railway or by bike on the viaducts of the new Nordbahntrasse cycle path towards Utopia-Stadt. The atmosphere in Wuppertal is infectious, with its improvisation talent, creativity and ideas.
For over 110 years, the suspension railway connects the districts of Vohwinkel and Oberbarmen along the Wupper river. From the historic zoo and surrounding feudal villas, the train sweeps past the city hall in the impressive neo-Renaissance style through to the opera, from where Pina Bausch revolutionised the dance world with her ensemble. It is a flight over a city in constant flux, not always brightly polished, but with real substance.
A city where there is always something new waiting to be discovered.
That’s why Wuppertal is a city where there is always something new waiting to be discovered. Whether you climb up the brightly coloured 112 Holsteiner Treppe steps and discover Wuppertal as a street art hotspot, ascend the perron with the picturesque name “Tippen-Tappen-Tönchen” (“tip-tap sound”) from the lively Luisenviertel quarter with its bars and small shops, or realise along the Nordbahntrasse cycle path that this city with its many hills also has something to offer cyclists- you won’t get bored here, and the many creative minds in the city are working to make sure that it stays that way.
Inspiration on every corner
In the Utopiastadt area in the former Mirker Bahnhof station, visitors are inspired by the creative atmosphere. In the Hutmacher-Café (“milliners café”),in ateliers, and during creative events, visitors can watch ideas grow. A visit to the Waldfrieden sculpture park and the world-famous sculptor Tony Cragg is just as inspiring. One of the most unusual art venues in the country stretches from an old factory owner’s villa far into the untamed parkland, with its stand-alone sculptures. However, there is also great art to be seen in the traditional way, under the roof of the Von der Heydt-Museum. His outstanding collection ranges from Monet to Picasso, and the temporary exhibitions in the gallery regularly attract art lovers from all over Germany to the Bergisches Land region.
A view of the jumbled Wuppertal buildings that reflect the lively history of the city
The city’s architecture reflects the rich history of the birthplace of Friedrich Engels, from early industrialisation through to the post-war boom, in genteel turn-of-the-century buildings through to the light and airy floating opera house of the 1950s. There is a great view over this jumbled variety to be had from the botanical gardens on the Hardthöhen hill. The nature paradise of the Bergisches Land region is just next door, as is the village charm of the Beyenburg district and the two neighbouring towns of Solingen and Remscheid, with which Wuppertal forms the “Bergisches Städtedreieck”, or “Bergisches triangle”.
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