Wuppertal is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia in the northwestern part of Germany.
The closest airports to Wuppertal are either Düsseldorf airport or Cologne/Bonn airport. Lufthansa's (and by extension Germany's) main hub airport Frankfurt FRA is worth considering when arriving from across and ocean as it is not that far away and well connected through the Frankfurt-Cologne high speed mainline.
The "ICE" (Inter City Express, the German high-speed train) stops only at the Wuppertal Hauptbahnhof (HBF), the main station in Wuppertal. S-Bahn (Schnell-Bahn) and RE (Regional Express) trains stop at several train stations in Wuppertal, although the main station is probably the most convenient for most tourists.
By footWalking down the L357 will take approx 6 hours. This is not advisable but if time is your friend then this might be an alternate option.
An attraction in itself, the Wuppertaler Schwebebahn is the world's oldest monorail system, dating back to 1901. The suspended trains run for 13.3 km across the city in about 30 minutes, mostly above the surface of the river Wupper, and features in the movie Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior), which is set in and around Wuppertal. On special occasions, the original Kaiserwagen, used by Emperor Wilhelm II at the inauguration in 1900, is still used. Trains run every 4 minutes on Monday-Friday, 6 minutes on Saturday, 8 minutes on Sunday. Single trip tickets are €2.70, VRR tickets accepted.
Wuppertal as a whole - as opposed to its constituent parts Barmen and Elberfeld - is probably best know for its pioneering urban transit system, the Schwebebahn which its designer Eugene Langen tried to sell around the world but had few takers outside Wuppertal. A much shorter route exists in Dresden and was also built during Langen's lifetime.
Die HardtA nice wide park on a hill in the heart of Wuppertal. On the park area there is also the Botanischer Garten (botanical garden).
phone: +49 202 5633600address: Hubertusallee 30
Historische Stadthalle WuppertalNowadays the Stadthalle is a concert hall, host to many cultural events.
Engels HausFriedrich Engels is perhaps one of Barmen's most famous sons. He was not born in this house (the actual birth house some 100 meters away did not survive the war) but he did grow up here and his father was born here. While Trier has learned to make their native son Karl Marx into a tourism attraction, the co-founder of Marxism and Marx's long-time financier and best friend does not have the name recognition (it's not "Engelsism", after all) and Wuppertal has thus far failed to really market its connection to the son of a cotton manufacturer born in 1820.
address: Engelsstr. 10-18 1Even though it costs money to get in (€4 for adults), it's worth a visit because they let one help operate one of the antique machines. The signs are only in German, so if you don't speak it, you might want to bring a native speaker or see ahead of time whether they have audio tours, or English speakers working at the museum.
address: Kohlfurth district of WuppertalThe museum provides rides on old trams over its , metre gauge line that runs through a wooded area.
Lange TafelThe Lange Tafel is an outdoor event where several Wuppertal cafes and bars offer their beverages and food lined up in a long row under the Schwebebahn.
address: Untergrünewalder Straße 3
address: Kleine Flurstr. 5Try the Wuppertaler Brauhaus-Fritten and the spare ribs. Also the Pork Knuckle is superb if you like dark pork meat. Look in the "from the oven" section of the menu. Wash down with the in-house 'Dunkel' or Brauhaus Weisen. The atmosphere here is superb, there's live music most nights. The building is the old 19th-century swimming pool (hall). You'll need hollow legs to eat their mixed grill!
address: Gathe 67, 42107 W.ElberfeldA nice cosy Greek tavern with good food and friendly staff
phone: +49 202 552372address: Obere Lichtenplatzer Straße 70One of the cheapest places to stay. Most of the time a little breakfast is included in the price for staying overnight. Especially during the busy season, reservations should be made in advance.
phone: +49 202 450511address: Schloßbleiche 4-6
phone: +49 202 698230address: Poststraße 4
Ronsdorfer TalsperreTake a walk around the historical dam.