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The "capital of the Bergisches Land" is world-famous for its unique suspension railroad. With it you can reach all stores and sights of Wuppertal. In addition, such a ride offers you completely new perspectives on the so-called "green city" on the Wupper. The city has a lively art and cultural scene. Its origins date back to the time of early industrialization. At that time, wealthy textile entrepreneurs in particular proved to be patrons. For fans of dance, the internationally renowned dance theater of the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch is an attraction. Another highlight is the richly decorated historic town hall, which is definitely worth a visit.

Top 10 sights in Wuppertal

Suspension railroad

The most famous attraction in Wuppertal is also the city's landmark: the famous suspension railroad. Germany's only suspension railroad was built while the German Empire was still in power, between 1898 and 1901, and Kaiser Wilhelm II was present at the inauguration. On its route of 13.3 kilometers in total, it glides along at a height of up to 12 meters above the Wupper River, connecting the districts of Barmen, Elberfeld and Vohwinkel. The Wuppertal suspension railroad carries almost 25 million passengers a year.

Von-der-Heydt Museum

The Von-der-Heydt Museum is located in the historic building of the former city hall in the Elberfeld district. The unparalleled collection includes art from the 16th century to the present. The focus is on world-famous works of 19th-century Dutch painting and sculptures, graphics and photographs of French and German modernism.

Wuppertal Zoo

The Wuppertal Zoo houses more than 4000 animals of almost 500 species from all parts of the world under scientific supervision on a park area of about 24 hectares with a variety of outdoor facilities and large houses.
The facilities for king penguins and for dwarf penguins, the only ones in Europe, are special attractions.

Botanical Garden

Situated 90 meters above the valley of the Wupper, in one of the oldest city parks in Germany, the Botanical Garden offers around 4,000 different plant species on an area of 2.5 hectares in various garden rooms and greenhouses. With the Elisenturm integrated into the grounds, it is a popular excursion destination in a dreamlike location.

Pina Bausch Dance Theater

The Tanztheater Tina Bausch, which emerged from the Wuppertal Bühnen, toured many countries with its own works under the leadership of the choreographer. She was honored as the "queen" of the international dance art scene. After her death in 2009, Wuppertal is experiencing the continuation of dance theater in the spirit of the most important choreographer of her time in the Pina Bausch Center.

Museum for Early Industrialization

As part of the Museum of Industrial Culture Wuppertal, the Museum of Early Industrialization shows exhibits of the early development of industry from 1750 to 1850 of the Bergisches Land from a social-historical point of view. Numerous operable, originally preserved machines are demonstrated to visitors and supplemented by audio-visual presentations of the living and working conditions of the people of that time.

Sculpture Park Waldfrieden

The 20-hectare sculpture park, privately owned by English sculptor Tony Cragg, features his own sculptures and those of other 20th/21st century artists.
In the park, designed after the model and inspiration of the classical English landscape garden, about 40 sculptures are offered to the viewer in the outdoor area.
In the summer half-year concerts of the event series "KlangArt" complete the cultural experience.

Toelle Tower

The Toelle Tower, built in 1887 in memory of Ludwig Ernst Toelle, stands 333 meters above sea level in the grounds of the Barmer Verschönerungsverein. After climbing 144 steps, visitors can enjoy a fascinating panoramic view of the Wupper valley and the Düsseldorf harbor facilities on the Rhine from its 26-meter-high observation platform.


In the middle of the large city forest in the west of Wuppertal lies the Nützenberg Park, created in the 19th century, at an altitude of about 250 meters. At its highest point is the Weyerbuschturm, a 20-meter-high observation tower built in 1898. Around the tower is a playground, where a summer festival is held once a year.


Adjacent to the Barmer Anlagen, the Vorwerk family had a six-hectare area redesigned in 1907 into a rhododendron park with arbors, bodies of water and wonderful views over the Murmelbach valley.
In 2003, the Vorwerk family opened their park to the public. The goal of the Adolf Vorwerk Park Foundation is to preserve the park for the public.

Where is Wuppertal?

Wuppertal is a German city in the southwest of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, around 29 km east of the state capital Düsseldorf. There are about 355.000 inhabitants living in Wuppertal.

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