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Wuppertal is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia in the north western part of Germany.

The Schwebebahn, the world's oldest monorail system, and its Kaiserwagen (1900)

Wuppertal was founded in 1929 out of the merger between the independent cities Barmen and Elberfeld.

Despite of the young age of the city, the history of the settlement along the river "Wupper" goes back to 1161. "Elberfeld" was first mentioned in official documents as an estate of the archbishop of Cologne and received its town charter in 1610. "Barmen" was charted in 1808.

Get in

There is no airport in Wuppertal. The closest airports are the Düsseldorf or the Cologne/Bonn airports.

The "ICE" (Inter City Express, the German high-speed train) stops only at the Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof (HBF), the main station in Wuppertal. S-Bahn (Schnell-Bahn) and RE (Regional Express) trains stop at several train stations in Wuppertal, although the main station is probably the most convenient for most tourists.

Get around

An attraction in itself, the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn [1] is the world's oldest monorail system, dating back to 1901. The suspended trains run for 13.3 kilometers across the city in about 30 minutes, mostly above the surface of the river Wupper, and features in the movie Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior), which is set in and around Wuppertal. On special occasions, the original Kaiserwagen, used by Emperor Wilhelm II at the inauguration in 1900, is still used. Trains run every few minutes and single trip tickets are €2.20, VRR tickets accepted.


  • The bridges of the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn
  • The clock museum
  • Die Hardt this is a nice wide park located on a Hill in the heart of Wuppertal. On the park area there is also the Botanischer Garten (botanical garden).
  • Wuppertaler Zoo
  • Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal (the historical city hall). Nowadays the Stadthalle is a concert hall, host to many cultural events.
  • Geburtshaus von Friedrich Engels(birthplace of Friedrich Engels). Close to the house where Engels was born, you can find the Museum für Frühindustrialisierung(museum for early industrialisation). Even though it costs money to get in, it's worth a visit because they let one try to work on the antique machines.
  • A performance by the Pina Bausch dance company. Since Pina Bausch comes from Wuppertal, she often stops by in the city to show her newest work. Performances are held most of the time in he Wuppertaler Theater.


  • Go to the Vohwinkeler Flohmarkt (fleamarket) und Lange Tafel (the long table). The Lange Tafel is an event, where several Cafes and Bars in Wuppertal are offering their beverages and foods outdoors lined up in a long row under the Schwebebahn.


If you want to go shopping, then the Old Town or now center of Elberfeld will probably be the best place to go, since it offers the widest range of different stores in Wuppertal.


You definitely have to try the Wuppertaler Brauhaus-Fritten and Spare Ribs in the Wuppertaler Brauhaus. Tastes best with a cold beer.


Like most German cities, Wuppertal brews a local beer exclusive to the city. The Wupper Hell and the Wupper Dunkel can only be enjoyed in the Wuppertaler Brauhaus, a former swimming pool converted into a modern brewry in Barmen, close to the city center.


Wuppertal has - just like the most German cities do - a Jugendherberge (youth hostel). This is perhaps the cheapest place to stay. Most of the time a little breakfast is included in the price for staying overnight. However a reservation should be made in advance.

Get out

If you want to go out, then the Luisenviertel is probably a nice Place to go. The Luisenviertel is part of the Old Town of Elberfeld and hosts a wide range of nice cafes and some restaurants. The most famous one is Katzengold.

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