When you live in the hills and valleys of a low mountain range blessed with considerable amounts of water this challenges your powers of invention. The upshot is that communication routes lead from one place to the next via high viaducts, through tunnels and over winding roads. Even the River Wupper does not flow in a straight line to the Rhine. And quite a few unsuspecting walkers are amazed to find themselves once more back at its banks. Water is power – people discovered that centuries ago. This was where the industrial revolution began in Europe. Grinders’ cottages and small weaving workshops developed into world market leaders. But now nature has returned to its peaceful state. Industrial heritage and marvellous landscapes – nowhere are they so close at hand as in the Bergisch Three!
Over seven bridges
The sound of iron wheels blends with excited voices echoing in the valley. Handcars propelled by leg power are rolling along old railway lines through woodlands and along the Wupper. Once used for transporting navvies and signalmen the handcars are now a leisure attraction.
A mighty fortress on a steep cliff
Burg castle, once the home of the Counts of Berg, towers over the River Wupper at a height of 110 metres. Once the seat of courtly festivities and major political dealings it is now one of the most popular daytrips for visitors to the Bergisch Triangle. The fortress with its gateway, surrounded by mighty walls and a defiant keep is a must for anyone curious to find out more about history – including coats of armour, chain mail and swords.
“Kottenbutter” (cold sausage and onion rings on black bread), “Pillekuchen” (potato pancakes with apple sauce) and “Linneweber” (fried potatoes with ham and onions) are all countryside specialities from the Bergisch Land. Bergisch rusks and pretzels are also very popular. The best known feast of all, however, is the so-called Bergisch Coffee Table, the equivalent of a full-sized meal. Visitors can gorge themselves on everything from simple rural dishes to mouth-watering gourmet specialities.
On the road on Shanks’ pony
The ruins of a wall in the midst of a wood, a lonely chimneystack, a dammed-up lake, an old cottage workshop in clearings in the wooded landscape dotted with countless lakes – visitors can come across all these relics of an earlier age in the Bergisch Triangle. The Eschbach, Morsbach and the Wupper are waterways full of history. Now hiking trails to nature protection areas line the river banks.
Where nature meets technology
The 107 metre high Müngsten Viaduct seems to grow straight out of the woods as it crosses the Wupper valley in the heart of the Bergisch Triangle. The highest bridge in Germany was once regarded as a technical miracle comparable to the Eiffel Tower. It’s still an awesome sight today. The best place to admire the imposing bridge is from below in the Müngsten Viaduct Park. This idyllic spot in the midst of nature is an ideal spot to take a break and relax.
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Swooping over the Wupper valley
The Wuppertal poet Else Lasker-Schüler once described the overhead railway as a steely dragon with a multiplicity of station heads. The railway is the symbol of Wuppertal, its euphoria for steel and the leap forward in transport at the turn of the 20th century. It’s still the main public transport artery through the city.
Museums in the urban triangle
Each of the three towns has its own industrial history. Remscheid specialised in tools and machines, Solingen is known for its knives and scissors, Wuppertal was once a leading centre for chemicals and textiles. A number of different museums, mostly on their original sites, are dedicated to telling you more about this exciting history.
Once the cradle of industry
The Bergisch Urban Triangle was one of the first areas on the continent to experience the upheavals of industrialisation. The key was the seemingly inexhaustible availability of water as a source of power. A huge number of hammer works and forging workshops sprung up alongside the streams signalling the start of a boom in the economy. Some of these workplaces still exist today to tell us of what life and work was like centuries ago.