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The city of Wuppertal is located in the West of mid Germany. The state is named North Rhine-Westphalia. The city is situated in a green valley around the river Wupper, and is located very close to the also known city of Düsseldorf and Cologne and west of the Ruhr area. With a population of approximately 360.000, Wuppertal is also the largest city in the area named “Bergisches Land“. The very green city Wuppertal is known for its woods and parks, and its worldwide known and unique suspension railway, the Wuppertal Schwebebahn. Because the many very steep slopes and also long, long stairs around the city, Wuppertal is sometimes named also the “German San Francisco”.
From any part of the city, it needs only a minute walk to one of the public parks or woodland paths, because two-thirds of the municipal area of Wuppertal is green space. Wuppertal was one of the biggest industrial regions of continental Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries and is still today a major industrial centre, being home to industries such as textiles, metallurgy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals (Aspirin was invented in Wuppertal in 1897 by Bayer), electronics, automotive developments, and printing equipment. The well respected "Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy" is also located in the city.
The city Wuppertal was formed in its present borders in 1929 by merging the early industrial cities of Barmen and Elberfeld with other smaller villages like Vohwinkel, Ronsdorf, Cronenberg, Langerfeld, and Beyenburg.
The initial name in those days was Barmen-Elberfeld, but was changed in a public referendum during the year 1930 to Wuppertal (“Wupper Valley”), named after Friedrich Engels (supporter of Karl Marx) who was signing his letters home always at the end with “my best regards to my Wupper Tal” (Wupper Valley). The highest hill of the city is about 350 metres above sea level. It is well known, that the previous villages around the river Wupper were registered 1.000 years b.c. (before Christ) while the dominant urban centres Elberfeld and Barmen have formed a unified built-up area since about 1850.
Main sights in Wuppertal:
The Historicall City hall (Stadthalle), also a Concert hall and a fine piece of turn-of-the-century architecture with outstanding acoustics, used for many recordings.
The Wuppertal Dance Theatre (Tanztheater Wuppertal), a world-famous center of modern dance, founded by the choreographer Pina Bausch, who died a few years ago.
The Engels house (Engels-Haus), 18th century-architecturally and typical of the region, it houses a museum and permanent display of materials associated with Friedrich Engels and other famous citizens of Wuppertal.
The Wuppertal Zoo, a very old but large and nicely landscaped zoo.
The Botanischer Garten (botanical garden) of Wuppertal, a municipal botanical garden
The Arboretum Burgholz, an extensive arboretum of trees from all over the world and natural trail.
The Von der Heydt Museum is an important art gallery with works by 19th- and 20th-century artists. The first of Picasso’s works that ever appeared in public was displayed here.
The Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, a sculpture park, founded by the Wuppertal citizen and sculptor Tony Cragg, located at the „South hills“ of Wuppertal.
The Schwebebahn (floating train), which is one of the city’s greatest attractions. It is a suspended monorail (Wuppertaler Schwebebahn) and the tracks are 8m above the streets and 12m above the Wupper River. It was in 1900 when Kaiser Wilhelm II (emperor) of the German Empire was one of the first official visitors. In 1901 the new and ambitious transport was opened to the public. One curious and well known story connected to the suspension line, is that of the elephant “Tuffi”. It was in 1950, when a circus was in town and for promotional purposes they let the young elephant ride in one of the Schwebebahn wagon. Very short after the start, the elephant Tuffi decided this wasn’t his favourite mode of transportation and he jumped out from the wagon, down into the Wupper River below. Fortunately he wasn’t injured. It was the only incident for 90 years and therefore the Schwebebahn is still known as the safest transportation system around the world. On a sad note, it must be reported that in 1999 an accident happened after a repair weekend with many injuries and deaths.
Wuppertal in the arts
The play Die Wupper by Else Lasker-Schüler takes places in Elberfeld.
The 2000 movie The Princess and the Warrior, by Tom Tykwer, was filmed in Wuppertal.
In the 1974 Wim Wenders film Alice in the Cities, the main characters visit Wuppertal.
A Lufthansa A340-600 D-AIHM (delivered 2006) is named after the city of Wuppertal. It primarily operates long-haul flights from Munich Airport.
In the 2011 film Pina, most of the dance sequences take place in and around Wuppertal. In several sequences, the elevated tram is used as a setting, as well as a backdrop.
Wuppertal is also well known as important center for Tango music.
Notable people from Wuppertal
Friedrich Engels, philosopher, historian, co-author of the Communist Manifesto (with Karl Marx).
Johannes Rau, former Federal President of Germany and major of Wuppertal for many years.
Alice Schwarzer, one of the leaders of the German second wave feminist movement.
Tony Cragg, sculptor and founder of the Sculpture Park in Wuppertal.
Tom Tykwer, film director (Run Lola, Run, The Princess and the Warrior), cofounder of X-Filme syndicate.
Rita Süssmuth, former President of the German Parliament.
Horst Tappert, actor.
Linda Kisabaka, athlete.
Pina Bausch, choreographer.
Friedrich Bayer, founder of the Friedrich Bayer paint factory, later Bayer AG.
Else Lasker-Schüler, expressionist poet.
Harald Leipnitz, actor.
Ulrich Leyendecker, composer.
Steffen Möller, satirist, soap-opera star and TV celebrity in Poland; the most popular German in Poland.
Tyron Montgomery, Oscar-winning film director.
Simone Osygus, swimmer.
Ferdinand Thun, American industrialist (Textile Machine Works of Wyomissing PA), born in Barmen.
Günter Wand, orchestra conductor.
Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald, jazz musician, noted innovators in modern improvised music.
Henrik Freischlader, blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer.