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Are there any cultural highlights, museums?"Could you tell me please the names of the knife manufacturers still making knives and in what factories in Solingen. thank you Terry C." (posted 06/23/2017)
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How to get around and find best means of local transportation?"I am looking forward to my first trip to Solingen and Cologne. I will be there to explore and also watch my son who will be playing baseball in both cities. Could someone recommend the best way for me to get from one stadium location to another. If I take a train or bus, will there be taxis available if the distances are too far to walk? Thank you for your help!" (posted 06/27/2014)
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Are there any local food specialties one should try out?"I am trying to find a recipe that my grandmother, who is ffrom Solingen, used to make. It was for Semmel, but it was sweet and had golden raisins in it. My mother said it was the one from Schloss Burg Castle. Can anyone help?" (posted 10/22/2015)
What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?"Why should someone do a vacation in Solingen? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Solingen, which everyone visiting Solingen should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Solingen that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 07/02/2014)
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What are good places to go for shopping?"I have a pocket knife collection and am very interested in knowing what manufacturers are presently making knives in Solingen as it is widely considered to be where the best knives are made. Trying to follow what makers were bought by who, where they are now being made and who went out of business and when is very difficult to find. Thank you for any information. Terry C" (posted 02/20/2017)
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Popular Points of Interest in and near Solingen
Schloss Burg, located in Burg an der Wupper (Solingen), is the largest reconstructed castle in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and a popular tourist attraction. Its early history is closely connected to the growth of the Duchy of Berg.
In the beginning of the 12th century (after 1133), count Adolf II von Berg built Schloss Burg on a mountain over the river Wupper. The old castle of the counts, Castle Berge in Odenthal near Altenberg, was abandoned. The original name of the new castle was Castle Neuenberge (Newmountain). Not until the 15th century, after significant reconstruction as a hunting castle, did it receive its current name reflecting its palatial extension.
Today’s appearance does not exactly match the condition documented by Erich Philipp Ploennies at about 1715. The reconstructed castle of today contains the Museum of the Bergische Land, and the castle church is popular for weddings. The castle also is home to the Memorial for Deportation and the Memorial of the German Eastern Provinces with church bells from Königsberg and Breslau.
Hours: Monday 1pm - 6pm, Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm (closed on Mondays in the Winter.
Admission: Adults 5 €, Concessions 3 €.The surroundings offer hiking trails to the forests and to Unterburg, that is where the village is located, at the foot of the mountain. There you can buy the Burger Brezel, a local pretzel specialty; the pretzel bakers even have a monument. An aerial train connects Unterburg and the castle
[ source: Museum website ]
German Blade Museum
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. The museum documents the history of Solingen, Germany, and beyond from the perspective of
the knife.Nearly everything that defines a society can be seen in the design, popularity and manufacture of blades. The development of technology, the rise and fall of the economy, the turbulence of war, the excess or depletion of natural materials, the level of crime and violence all effect the design and manufacture of certain kinds of edged weapons, knives and cutlery. There is also a children's museum adjacent to the main building.
Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm, Friday 2pm - 5pm.
Burg Castle (Solingen)
Burg Castle (German: Schloss Burg), located in Burg an der Wupper (Solingen), is the largest reconstructed castle in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and a popular tourist attraction. Its early history is closely connected to the growth of the Duchy of Berg.
Linguistically, "Schloss Burg" would be translated as "palace castle" - a tautology, yet in German "Schloss" refers to a representative building and "Burg" to a fortification - an oxymoron.
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In Medieval times, the swordsmiths of Solingen coined the town's image, which is preserved to this date. In the latter part of the 17th century, a group of swordsmiths from Solingen broke their guild oaths by taking their sword-making secrets with them to Shotley Bridge, County Durham in England. Some 90% of German knives are produced in Solingen.
Solingen lies southwest of Wuppertal (Wuppertal vacation rentals | Wuppertal travel guide) in the Bergisches Land. The city has an area of 89.45 square kilometers, of which roughly 50% is used for agriculture, horticulture, or forestry. The city's border is 62 kilometers long, and the city's dimensions are 15.6 kilometers east to west and 11.7 kilometers north to south. The Wupper river, a right tributary the Rhine, flows through the city for 26 kilometers. The city's highest point at 276 meters is in the northern borough of Gräfrath at the Light Tower, previously the water tower, and the lowest point at 53 meters is in the southwest.
Things to See in Solingen
Schloss Burg, the Castle of the counts of Berg
Rhineland Industrial Museum Hendrichs Drop Forge, an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage
Klosterkirche, church, built in 1690
Deutsches Klingenmuseum, German Blade Museum, presenting swords and cutlery of all epochs
Müngsten Bridge, a railroad bridge connecting Solingen with the neighbour town of Remscheid (Remscheid vacation rentals | Remscheid travel guide). Standing at 107 m above the ground, it is the highest railroad bridge of Germany.
Botanischer Garten Solingen, a botanical garden
[ source: wikipedia ]
More about the History of Solingen
Solingen was first mentioned in 1067 by a chronicler who called the area "Solonchon". Early variations of the name included
Soleggen, although the modern name seems to have been in use since the late 14th and early 15th centuries. Coins issued after World War I by the City of Solingen. Blacksmith smelters, dating back to over 2000 years, have been found around the town adding to Solingen's fame as a Northern Europe blacksmith center. Swords from Solingen have turned up in places such as the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the British Isles. Northern Europe prized the quality of Solingen's manufactured weaponry, and they were traded across the European continent. Solingen today remains the knife-center of Germany. It was a tiny village for centuries, but became a fortified town in the 15th century. In World War II, the Old Town was completely destroyed by an air raid in 1944 and 1,040 people died, so there are few sights in the center. In 1929, Ohligs, located in the Prussian Rhine Province, 17 miles by rail north of Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide) became part of Solingen. Its chief manufactures were cutlery and hardware, and there were iron-foundries and flour mills. Other industries are brewing, dyeing, weaving and brick-making. Before 1891, it was known as Merscheid. More recently, the city has been well known because of a May 29, 1993 arson in which two women and three girls died in an arson attack on the house of a Turkish family in Solingen. Seven more people were severely injured. The fire was set by local followers of Neo-Nazism. The incident ignited further controversy when the German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, refused to attend the funeral for the Solingen victims.
[ source: wikipedia ]
If you swear by the German knives in your kitchen, then perhaps you should consider a trip to Solingen, North Rhine-Westfalia. This so-called "City of Blades" has a long and distinguished history of knife and sword making, and today it is home of the world-renowned companies of Henckels and Wuesthof. Although the first official reference to Solingen dates from the 1000s, the history of this area as a center for blacksmith smelters stretches back 2,000 years. Unfortunately, few pre-World War II period buildings remain in Solingen. In 1944, a fire storm started by a British bombing attack resulted in the old town being completely destroyed. Nonetheless, there are still some interesting sites to visit here, including the German Blade Museum and a botanical garden. Also, the Muengsten Bridge, which connects Solingen with its neighboring town of Remschied, is the highest railroad bridge in Germany. Schloss Burg is worth seeing as well. Completed in 1914, it is the largest reconstructed castle in North Rhine-Westphalia. It also contains the Memorial for Deportation and the Memorial of the German Eastern Provinces, which are commemorated by church bells that once hung in churches in Koenigsburg and Breslau. Once you are done seeing the sites in Solingen, consider catching a train to the nearby cities of Wuppertal and Cologne.
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