The city of Wuppertal
Germany is an open-minded, cosmopolitain country and home to more than 82 million people. Wuppertal, situated in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), which is economically the most significant German state with an outstanding educational and cultural landscape, is one of Germany’s largest university towns with some 350,000 inhabitants. It is an interesting mixture of outgoing metropolis and cosy village with a lot of leisure facilities. Due to the excellent train and transport network, You can travel within one hour from Wuppertal to Cologne, Bonn, Dortmund, Düsseldorf and many other cities.
One of the biggest attractions in Wuppertal is the suspension railway line which carries passengers 12 metres over and above the Wupper River from downtown to the surrounding city districts. The cars are suspended from a rail with wheels integrated into the roof which makes you feel as if you are floating in the air.
This former industrial city looks back at an eventful history. The water power of the Wupper River was in every respect the formative element for the town. It is the basis of Wuppertal’s unique industrial history. The German philosopher Friedrich Engels is one of Wuppertal’s most famous sons; you can learn more about his life and achievements at the Engels House. The Von der Heydt Art Museum is worth visiting for its impressive architecture alone, as is the Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal, which is acoustically among the best concert halls in Europe. Enjoy the easy-going atmosphere of the city on a long stroll through downtown and the many gardens, parks and woods. Wuppertal is one of the most green major cities in Germany. Five Wuppertal parks are part of the European Garden Network EGHN - more than of any other European city.
Altogether Wuppertal is a great place for recreation and relaxation. If You like hiking and enjoying nature, but also want the city-life experience, you’ll find ideal conditions for studying here.