City Portrait of Remscheid

Regional, national, international – from Remscheid to the world

Remscheid is a city of doers and home to many creative minds. For centuries, it has been an important centre for the tool industry.

Tools for success – Bergisch ingenuity can be discovered at the German Tool Museum. The Steffenshammer, an old smith’s cottage, vividly demonstrates what the world of work looked like in the past. Along the Trasse der Werkzeuge (tool line), a former railway line, experience the variety of today’s production.

The Bergisch Lion is the symbol of the city. It stands guard in front of the Town Hall, an imposing quarry stone building. You can shop till you drop at the nearby Allee-Center and in the pedestrian zone. And from 2021, at the Designer Outlet in the city district of Lennep too.

Set off on the trail of the weavers and clothmakers in Lennep, one of the oldest towns in the Bergisches Land. The former Hanseatic city was the birthplace of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. At the Deutsche Röntgenmuseum, science can be touched and tried out.

Lüttringhausen’s old town is even older. The protestant town church in the “Dorp”, as the locals call it, is an example of Bergisch baroque. As is the Haus Clerff patrician house next to the Tool Museum.

The Teo-Otto-Theater is also where the Bergisch Symphony Orchestra performs. The Rotationstheater and Kulturzentrum Klosterkirche also offer cabaret and variety shows.

Remscheid is a green city – one third of it consists of green and wooded areas. Hike around the Eschbachtalsperre, Germany’s oldest valley reservoir, and enjoy the natural Bergisch surroundings.


Population: 110.994 (31. 12. 2018)
Average age: 44,7 years (2018)
Area: 74,52 km2
Highest point: 378,86 m ASL
Lowest point: 96 m ASL
Coordinates: 51° 11′ N, 7° 12′ O
Townships: 4
Neighborhoods: 54