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Wuppertal Guide


For those of you planning a holiday to Germany why not head to one of the country's most unique cities, the thousand-year old city of Wuppertal, whose ribbon-like structure hugs the steep hillsides along the Wupper River. It's an interesting place to visit, popular for its floating trams, providing a simple, fast and cheap way of getting around. With so much to see around the city it is best to hire a car. Book cheap car hire in Wuppertal right here in advance, and let us compare the market to help find you the best deals online, from top suppliers like Europcar and Budget. With your own vehicle you will be able to make the decisions and plan your days fully, to gain the most out of your holiday.

Explore Wuppertal

Wuppertal, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany was original named Barmen-Elberfeld but after 1930 it was changed to Wuppertal ('Wupper Valley'). Roughly 362,000 people call Wuppertal as home. Wuppertal is a major industrial hub where Aspirin, the most famous pain-killer was invented by Bayer. The city is also producing the most in-demand products like textiles, chemicals, medicine (Bayer), rubber, electric, vehicles and printing equipment.

Travellers will be awed by its thousands of national monument buildings, many of which dating back to the periods of Art Nouveau, classicism, and Bauhaus. A tour of the city takes you to its main sights and attractions which include Engels' house (Engelshaus), Wuppertal Zoo (the largest and prettiest zoos in Germany), and the Von der Heydt Museum, one Germany's most important museum displaying one of the first of Picasso's works.

The never-to-be-missed point in your itinerary should be the Schwebebahn Wuppertal monorail, one of the most unusual public transport systems in the world established in 1901. This inverted monorail had been used as background in a number of scenes in the movie Der Krieger und die Kaiserin (The Princess and the Warrior).

Like other German cities, Wuppertal boasts of a local beer exclusively brewed in the city and is best enjoyed at the Wuppertaler Brauhaus, originally a swimming pool but today is a busy and modern brewery located close to the center of the city. A trip to Wuppertal would not be complete without sipping this local brew.


By air
There is no airport in Wuppertal so travellers have a choice of landing in either the Düsseldorf Airport (40kms west) or Köln-Bonn Airport (57kms south) to reach Wuppertal. Both airport's supply adequate transport services, such as trains, shuttles, buses, taxis, limousines and car rentals. If you are arriving into either of these airports be sure to enter the correct pick-up location in our search form.

By train
Wuppertal is serviced by numerous trains as it is situated on the Cologne to Hagen, and Dusseldorf to Hagen lines. For long distance journeys especially, book tickets before getting on the train in order to secure a seat.

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