Solingen in the middle of the city triangle of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal
Solingen is located in the middle of the city triangle of Düsseldorf, Wuppertal and Cologne.
In summer as well as in winter, this region offers a dreamlike, intact natural backdrop and enables quality of life at the highest level, for example:
Golfing, horse riding, hiking, mountain biking.
An ultra-modern infrastructure with excellent connections to the major cities of Düsseldorf and Cologne and their airports as well as trade fairs ensures excellent accessibility and makes it possible to live in a healthy environment,
not far from the metropolises.
Solingen is often used as a retreat for city dwellers.
By tradition: quality and innovation
Today, other branches of industry have established themselves in the city alongside the traditional cutlery industry. On the world market, products from Solingen continue to impress with their innovative strength, quality and design. At the Forum Produktdesign in Solingen’s Südpark, the expertise of industry, crafts and designers is bundled and developed in an exemplary manner.
Those who produce quality are all too often also copied cheaply – this is something that not only Solingen companies have had to experience. The Museum Plagiarius shows the whole range of counterfeits and raises awareness of the damage caused by the theft of ideas.
Trademark: Klingenstadt Solingen
As the “city of blades”, Solingen is a worldwide known and protected trademark for blades, cutlery and scissors.
The large city – with 160,000 inhabitants the second largest of the “Bergische Drei” – is one of the oldest industrial and commercial cities in Germany. The juxtaposition of residential buildings and workplaces is characteristic. Small and medium-sized businesses still set the tone in the economy today – and that has a tradition: the cutlery industry found its origins in small workshops and family businesses, the “Kotten” and “Schmetten”, Schleifkotten and Schmieden. In the valley of the Wupper, the Wipperkotten and the Balkhauser Kotten still exist today.
Later, the factories expanded on the heights and in the town. Entrepreneurial ambition and global trade relations made the products from Solingen world-famous. The historic Hendrichs drop forge provides interesting insights into the original setting. The history of blades, cutting and food culture is presented in the German Blade Museum.
Side by side: nature and industrial culture
Although Solingen is one of the oldest industrial cities in Germany, the city does not have the pejorative attributes of an industrial location. Relics of its remarkable history are everywhere, but the city is above all green. It is embedded in a charming and in many places nature-protected landscape with the wooded Wupperberge in the east and south and the Ohligser Heide in the west. And even in the middle of it all, nature is never far away.
Solingen is a paradise for hikers: around 50 hiking trails with a total length of 400 kilometres are marked. The Klingenpfad is particularly well-known as a 75-kilometre-long circular route around the city. The Corkscrew Trail runs through the middle of the city as a green ribbon, almost free of cars and climbs. Today, the former railway line is not only a popular footpath and cycle path linking inner-city destinations (Südpark, Botanical Garden, Gräfrath), together with the Bergbahntrasse it is also part of the Bergisches Panorama-Radweg.
The “good parlour” is in Gräfrath: the historic old town is completely listed and looks like a snapshot from a bygone era. There are cosy street cafés and restaurants, museums (German Blade Museum, Solingen Art Museum) invite you to visit. Worth seeing on the edge of the old town: the Lichtturm, formerly a water tower, now an architectural highlight.
Typical Solingen: The pole taxi
There are hardly any electrically operated trolleybuses left in the world – here the trolleybus, the “pole taxi”, is part of the cityscape. With Burg Castle and the Müngsten Bridge Park, two of the region’s most popular excursion destinations are located in the city area. But there are other worthwhile destinations as well: For nature lovers the Sengbach Dam, for fans the Laurel & Hardy Museum, for families the Fauna Zoo and the Bird Park, for star-gazers the observatory. And the Zöppkesmarkt, Brückenfest, MesserMacherMesse, arts and crafts market at Burg Castle and a number of other events attract numerous guests to the Klingenstadt time and again.