Wuppertal Travel Guide, Germany
Wuppertal Travel Guide–Introduction
Wuppertal is a major city and an oft-visited destination in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. Although Wuppertal cannot be compared to big cities like Dusseldorf or Cologne, it is certainly much more than a typical valley-town with its human habitats and multiple industries punctuating the valley-greens and steep hills.
The greatest pull of Wuppertal Travel is certainly the ‘Schwebebahn’, or ‘the hovering monorail system’, but Wuppertal also has many historical sites and a cultural ambiance. If Wuppertal’s mouth-watering jams, rice puddings and waffles leave you craving for more, the city’s many flights of stairs will see to it that you do not end up gaining more calories. Wuppertal Travel also means some brisk shopping for a variety of products like carpets, cosmetics, etc. And do not forget to take snapshots of Wuppertal’s picture-perfect settings. Here is a Wuppertal travel guide that will give you a closer look of the city.
Wuppertal Travel Guide Statistics
Area: 168.41 sq. km.
Wuppertal Travel guide – Architecture
This Wupertal travel guide will guide you about some of the best architectural marvels of the town you must see when in Wuppertal.
A linear city running parallel to the Wupper River, Wuppertal city looks more like a chain of small towns that are more distinct than identical – distinct in their planning and architecture. Apart from the dwellings by the steep hills, Wuppertal has a large number of buildings built in different architectural styles – Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Neoclassic and the like. These buildings, like the Wuppertal Concert Hall and Wuppertal Dance Theater, were designated as national monuments.
Wuppertal Travel Guide – Economy and Infrastructure
Formed by the unification of important industrial/commercial centers like Barmen and Elberfeld, Wuppertal has an economy essentially dominated by various industries like chemicals and plastics, electrical appliances and machinery, medicine, metallurgy, textiles, etc. Chemical and Pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG started its operations from Wuppertal and Delphi Corporation still has its German H.Q. in Wuppertal. Mining and air/water power generation are other important Wuppertal industries.
Speaking of Wuppertal’s transportation infrastructure, we must first mention the monorail suspension railway, Schwebebahn that runs almost from one side to the other, over hills and valleys and even the Wupper River. Used for mass transit, Schwebebahn are airborne trains that have wheels on the roof of the carriages; because there is nothing beneath the carriages, you will have a feeling of floating in mid-air.
Your Wuppertal Travel will be incomplete with a Schwebebahn-ride but here you will also come across other means of transport like trolley buses and cars, etc.
Wuppertal Travel Guide – People and Culture
Wuppertal is not a sleepy, isolated township, it is rather a sophisticated city with all the charms of modern-times and this very characteristic reflects in its people. Like in the rest of the North-Rhine Westphalia, the Wuppertalans are industrious and cultured. Since German is the language widely used and understood, a little knowledge of the language will help you during Wuppertal Travel. Although Roman Catholicism is the religion followed by most of Wuppertalans, people are broad-minded and show a degree of religious-tolerance.
Wuppertalans follow different forms of art with great passion; art-shows, musical-performances, theaters, etc. are almost a regular affair in the city center and other city venues. Wuppertalans have achieved success and have shone in various fields – be it in academics, arts or sports.
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- The monorail of Wuppertal
travel tip by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
If you want to make an funny shortsightseeing through the town, take the monorail of Wuppertal. The first Monorail of germany. There can also special roundtrips be booked on the historic 'Kaiserwagen'.