The abundance of water allowed the region to prosper. Centres of trade and production emerged along the Wupper and in the valley. The Bergisches Land is considered to be the cradle of industry. In Remscheid, Solingen and Wuppertal, you will come across stone witnesses to industrial history in many locations. Stroll around Textilstadt Wülfing and the clothmakers’ town of Lennep and feel the spirit of times gone by. Cottages, hammers and forges offer history you can touch. Jousting matches at Schloss Burg take you back to the middle ages.
“Altes Eisen” (old iron) is not only fit for the museum: the suspension railway zooms through the city of Wuppertal every three minutes. And the imposing Müngsten Bridge ensures the rail connection between Remscheid and Solingen.
The Pina Bausch dance theatre, the Von-der-Heydt Museum, the Teo-Otto-Theater and Konzerthaus Solingen – the art and cultural offering is broad and multifaceted. Some things will surprise you: Wuppertal is considered an insider tip for tango fans. A cabaret scene has developed in Lennep. At the old fire station, there is “Talflimmern”, an open-air summer cinema. The Bergisch Symphony Orchestra perform outdoor concerts in the city districts. And last but not least: there are zero-euro banknotes with local motifs as souvenirs.