A portrait of the city
More than 360,000 inhabitants and visitors to the city can enjoy a wide-ranging programme of cultural events, good shopping facilities and plenty of leisure activities. Elements of Wilhelminian and decorative art-nouveau styles are prominent in the architecture. A broad spectrum of hotels makes Wuppertal an attractive alternative for business visitors who are attending a fair in one of the neighbouring cities.
The water power of the Wupper was in every respect the formative element for the town. It is the basis of Wuppertal’s unique industrial history, it cut valleys into the hills, and water has made Wuppertal refreshingly greener than almost every other large town in Germany. Open spaces alternate with narrow parts, height with depth, tranquillity with bustle, and village character with city flair. The many inherent contrasts have created contradictions that constitute the town’s special charm, which never fails to fascinate its visitors. Travelling on the monorail offers immediate entry to this world. Those who wish to stay longer can use one of the innumerable flights of steps for which Wuppertal is wellknown in order to climb up from the valley of the Wupper to the higher parts and visit further attractions that the town has to offer.
No matter whether woodchip paper, Aspirin or Kobold vacuum cleaner – Wuppertal firms have established makes and products that are regarded as leaders on the world market. The typical feature of industry in Wuppertal is the number of strong medium-sized businesses renowned for reliability and innovation. Wuppertal’s significance as a place of research and development is demonstrated by the energy agency (Energieagentur NRW), Bayer’s research centre, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, and by its university, the Bergische Universität, which was founded in 1972 and now has eight faculties. The main university buildings, including the library and the re above Elberfeld. Additional locations are the Freudenberg and Haspel campuses. In various ranking lists the university has been given extremely good ratings in recent years.
Dates in history
A sightseeing tour: trip in a historic bus
Sightseeing on foot: get to know Wuppertal with city guides
The rather antiquated seats in the bus dating from the 1970s are still comfortable. The knowledgeable city guides have a lot to tell you during the 90-minute trip, which starts from the theatre at 11.00 every Sunday from April to October and takes you along the valley and into the hills of Wuppertal. After this round trip you can visit the Brauhaus (where beer is brewed).
Anyone who explores the city on foot will always discover new aspects of what was thought to be familiar. Our guided tours on foot acquaint you with the many aspects of Wuppertal in history and stories. Sample views over the roofs of the city, stroll through beautiful parks or countryside, visit the birthplace of the tool-making industry and of Wuppertal as an industrial centre.