Tour 4: South Solingen

Famous in a modest way: Solingen, the Klingenstadt (city of blades)

No, it is not anonymous factories that have made this city famous worldwide. But rather fine handicraft, cultivated and refined over centuries. At small businesses in quiet valleys.

In the middle of the forest on the banks of the Wupper is Balkhauser Kotten, where the past is kept alive. A genuine Balkhauser Kotten knife: a useful souvenir or a unique gift.

Along the way, one thing becomes clear: handicraft and nature go hand in hand. Where the grinders used to live, guests are now treated to authentic cuisine. Particularly worth trying: Bergische Kaffeetafel (coffee and snacks).

With a little luck, you can watch grinders at work at Wipperkotten. But even if not, this structure dating from the 17th century is well worth visiting.

Still have a little time? The map offers tempting detours. In Solingen, Forum Produktdesign awaits you. And next to it, Museum Plagiarius. With forgeries. Extremely interesting.