On this tour, hike the region defined by its abundance of water around the three Bergisch towns. You will come across lakes, babbling streams and rivers again and again. Along the Gelpe and Saalbach rivers, traces of past industry can still be found in the midst of the protected natural surroundings. At the historical Steffenshammer smith’s cottage, you can see how people used to work every day.
Experience the beautiful sights of the towns far from life in the big city. The imposing Beyenburg Cathedral greets you to the east of Wuppertal. In the old town of Solingen-Gräfrath, the narrow alleyways with their romantic timber-framed buildings invite you to take a stroll. The old trading route from Bruges to Lübeck once ran through Remscheid-Lüttringhausen too. The locals fondly call their historic town centre “Dorp”.
Typical for the tri-city area: the constant interchanging of valleys and hills. The heights offer far-reaching views of the Bergisches Land and its enormous forested areas, which in addition to native trees also have guests from all over the world.
Hike the Three Old Towns Tour all at once or in stages. It offers numerous options for enjoyable variants. Meet the Bergisches Weg (Bergische Trail) along the way. The 100-year-old long-distance hiking trail from the Ruhr Area to the Siebengebirge will bring you right through the heart of the Bergisches Land.
Degree of difficulty: light to medium
Route: 36 kilometres
Duration: 9 hours
Ascent: approx. 820 m
Descent: approx. 800 m
Starting point of route: Wuppertal-Beyenburg (old town) 51.20876°N 7.07133°E
Destination point of route: Solingen-Gräfrath (old town) 51.24990°N 7.30095°E