facts and history in brief
Wüppertal is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
It is located on the Wupper river south of the Ruhr area.
It is a major industrial centre including such industries as: textiles, metallurgy, chemicals, medicine ( Bayer), electric, rubber, vehicles and printing equipment.
E.g. one of the most famous pain-killers Aspirin was invented in Wuppertal.
The city was formed in 1929 by merging Barmen, Elberfeld, Vohwinkel, Ronsdorf, Cronenberg, Langerfeld, and Beyenburg.
The name was initially Barmen-Elberfeld, and after 1930 Wuppertal.
During World War II it was destroyed to about 40% by the Allies as were many other industrial centres at the time.
However, a large quantity of historic sites have been preserved such as the Ölberg ("Petroleum Hill") District, one of Germany's largest working class districts, and the so-called Briller Viertel, Germany's largest district of Bourgeois dwellings.
In total, Wuppertal possesses over 4.500 buildings classified national monuments, most dating from periods of classicism, Art Nouveau and Bauhaus.
One fine masterpiece of turn-of-the-century architecture is Wuppertal's concert-hall (Stadthalle), inaugurated in 1900 by the German emperor William II. and his wife.
The Tanztheater Pina Bausch is world-famous and regularly playing at theatres in New York, Tokyo, Paris, London etc.
One of the city's greatest attractions is the suspended monorail ("Wüppertaler Schwebebahn"), which was established in 1901.
The tracks are 8 m above the streets and 12 m above the Wüpper river.
In 1950, the famous German circus Althoff had the young elephant Tuffi take the Schwebebahn as a marketing gag.
Tuffi broke through a window and jumped into the Wüpper, suffering only minor injuries.
The Schwebebahn is said to be the world's safest transport system.
The only severe accident happened on April 12, 1999, when 5 people died and 46 were injured after a train derailed and crashed into the Wupper.
The accident was caused by a construction worker's leaving a tool on the track.
Wüppertal is twinned with:
For a more information about Wuppertal see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuppertal) see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, September 2005.
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This information was correct in September 2005. E. & O.E.
Well, Wüppertal, has a Schwebebahn (A suspended monorail), being an avid train lover, that put Wüppertal high on our "must see" list, especially since we were travelling around the neighbourhood.
Unfortunately I do not have many of my photos left of this place, although we had four cameras between us and we taken many, many photos wherever we went, two of my cameras, with large, 512 MB SD Cards and many thousands of photos on them with my valet and money, were stolen from my bag, later into our trip, by some 'lowlife'.
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