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for day-trippers:

The Deutsches Klingenmuseum (Blade Museum) in Solingen arguably has the most extensive collection of knives, swords, daggers and culinary cutlery in the world. The collection spans more than 4000 years starting in the Bronze Age (about 2000 B.C.) up to contemporary times.



Mungstener Bruecke", more than 100 years old now, is the highest steel railway bridge in Europe: Trains are running as high as 107m above the level of the river Wupper, connecting the towns of Solingen and Remscheid.

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Historical castle "Schloss Burg", high above the valley of the river Wupper.


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Close to Schloss Burg at the river Wupper you will find the "Balkhauser Kotten", which shows the history of making knives in the 19th Century.


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The Wipperkotten in the Bergisch Land was built as a grindery in about 1605 and it is the last existing twin building of formerly 26 grinding sheds at the lower river Wupper.
It was private initiative which brought this grindery plant with its water weir under historical
protection in 1955. Like in former times, two undershot waterwheels are spinning between
both of these historical buildings. The land bound house is still used as grindery.

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