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A city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany—Wuppertal is located in the Wupper River valley. The city is situated east of Düsseldorf and south of the Ruhr area. Wuppertal is prized for its woodlands and parks, its steep slopes, and the suspension railway known as the Wuppertal Schwebebahn. There are so many parks and woodland paths in the city that a ten minute walk in any direction will take you to a green space. Wuppertal offers a scenic zoo, an acclaimed dance company and a historic civic hall.
Wuppertal is a major industrial centre with an economy based on the industries of textiles, metallurgy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics, automobiles, rubber, vehicles and printing equipment. The Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy is located in the city. Bayer invented aspirin in Wuppertal in 1897; it still has major operations in the area, which were established more than 130 years ago. There are many serviced office locations situated throughout Wuppertal.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There are many interesting sites to see in Wuppertal, including the clock museum, Die Hardt Park which is home to the Botanischer Garten (botanical garden), and the Vohwinkeler Flohmarkt (flea market). At this outdoor event several local cafes and bars will line up their food and drink in a long row, known as Lange Tafel (the long table). Dining options in Wuppertal include Wuppertaler Brauhaus, which is set in an old 19th century swimming hall. They offer items such as spare ribs and pork knuckle. The local beers exclusive to the city are called the Wupper Hell and the Wupper Dunkel. They can only be ordered and sampled at the Wuppertaler Brauhaus.
The nearest major airport to Wuppertal is Düsseldorf International Airport. This airport operates international and domestic flights and is 50 km (31 miles) from the city centre. Another major airport in the area is Dortmund Airport, also offering international and domestic flights. The Cologne/Bonn Airport provides additional air-travel options from Cologne, which is within 64 km (40 miles) of Wuppertal. Wuppertal is only 30 minutes away from Cologne by regional train, with departures running several times an hour. Built in 1902, The Wuppertaler Schwebebahn is the world’s oldest monorail system. The suspended trains run across the city. Most of the 13 km (8 miles) of track is over the Wupper River.