From sharp blades, noble knights and a technological wonder – on a journey through time in the Klingenstadt (city of blades), Solingen
Blades have made Solingen world famous for over 600 years. In addition to the large steelware factories, production at small workshops and family businesses has held its own to this day. It all began in the cottages and forges in the Wupper valley. At Balkhauser Kotten, you can participate in regular grinding and sharpening seminars. The historical Hendrich die forge provides insight at the original site. At the Deutsches Klingenmuseum (German Blade Museum), it’s all about blades, cutting and food culture.
And the industry is still booming in the Bergisch city. Cutting implements, cutlery and scissors are still made in factories using traditional handicrafts. “Made in Solingen” stands for innovation, quality and design. See for yourself!
Original or fake? This is the question asked at Museum Plagiarius in Südpark Solingen. From there, the Korkenziehertrasse (corkscrew line) leads directly to Gräfrath. On Shank’s pony or by bicycle, you head off on a historical journey: this is what the Bergisches Land looked like before industrialisation took its course. Today, the imposing cloister church is still enthroned above the little timber-framed buildings of the old town.
A technological wonder has been impressing for over 100 years: Müngsten Bridge high above the Wupper. Germany’s highest railway bridge connects Solingen and its neighbour, Remscheid. Below, at Brückenpark Müngsten, you can cross the river by transporter bridge. From there it’s on to Schloss Burg and straight into the middle ages. An impressive stone structure with battlements, a keep, a knights’ hall and a weapons collection await you. Treat yourself to a Bergische Kaffeetafel (coffee and snacks) with a view while you are there.
Take the ‘Stangentaxi’, as the trolley buses are called locally, and discover more of the sights in and around Solingen in comfort. Or hike the Klingenpfad (blade trail) around the town. If you prefer to cycle, take the Bergische Panorama-Radweg (Bergisch Panorama Cycle Trail).