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Altenberg Cathedral
The Corkscrew Track, Solingen
The Briller Quarter in Wuppertal
Briller quarter
Laurel  and Hardy Museum, Solingen
Remscheid Town Hall
Steel pliers in Remscheid
Schloss Burg
Schwebebahn, Wuppertal
Wald church, Solingen
Brauhaus Wuppertal
Botanical garden, Wuppertal
Von-der-Heydt Museum, Wuppertal.
The Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann
Altenberg Cathedral
Altenberg Cathedral

Altenberg Cathedral stands in splendid isolation in the middle of the Odenthal valley. It's neither Catholic nor Protestant: after Napoleon was defeated and the area came under Prussian rule once more, the King of Prussia ordered it to be rebuilt on condition that it could be used equally by both Christian confessions. Well worth a visit, especially to one of the regular organ recitals.
The Wupper Valley

Wuppertal, Remscheid, Solingen and the Bergisch Land
192 pages, coloured photos throughout, paperback,
Klartext Verlag, Essen 2006

After the success of my guide "Tour the Ruhr" I was asked to research and write this book which focuses on the three largest towns in the Wupper Valley, Wuppertal, Remscheid and Solingen, but also includes information on many other towns and attractions in the whole of the Bergisch Land. This took me over one year, in which I seem to have climbed every hill and valley in the region. As well as covering the outstanding attractions (the Müngsten Viaduct Park, Von-der-Heydt Museum, Neandertal Museum in Mettmann, Pina Bausch Theatre, the Wuppertal overhead railway (Schwebebahn), Wuppertal zoo, Solingen Gräfrath, Lennep etc) the book has a short history of the area, gives comprehensive information on how to travel the area by public transport, tips for restaurants, bars and discos with all websites and telephone numbers and how to get there. In addition there is a service section listing hotels, restaurants etc in all the three towns. By contrast with "Tour the Ruhr", most of the photos in this book were taken by myself. You can click through a selection of them on the left-hand side.

Readers’ comments on "The Wupper Valley"

Dear Roy! Thank you so much for your wonderful book on Wuppertal… I could never imagine that an Englishman would be the one who could get so excited about "the Valley". My husband has purchased at least 10 books… yours truly, Mildred Ramsauer

Dear Mr Kift, congratulations on your book " The Wupper Valley". Your guide is a joy to read. I will send it to my family members in California.

See also:
www.wuppertal de
www.solingen.de
www.remscheid.de
www.klartext-verlag.de

A good English language link on industrial monuments in the area (and the rest of Germany) is the European Route of Industrial Heritage, ERIH:
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