Tucked away in the hillsides between Dusseldorf and Cologne, Solingen serves up history, culture and some of Germany’s best food. There are more than 600 years of history to discover, from the cobblestone streets of the old town to the mighty Burg Castle. Not to mention a metal forging legacy that’s earned Solingen a reputation as the cutlery capital of Europe.
Things to do in Solingen
Historically, Solingen is known for producing the world’s best quality cutlery. From beautiful dinner sets to razor sharp knives, Solingen is the place to stock up on kitchen essentials. The best showrooms are found downtown, including the legendary Twin Henckels Corporation.
Rising high above the city, the medieval Burg Castle appears to cling to the hillside. You can either hike to the top or ride the gondola in a matter of minutes. Once you’re there, wander around the castle grounds, work your way through historical exhibits and take in sweeping views of the surrounding hillsides.
With its forested hills and sparkling rivers, the Wupper Valley will immerse you in the natural beauty of the North Rhine-Westphalia. For a glimpse at Germany’s tallest train bridge, spend a few hours hiking the Muengstener Bruecke trail.
If you like beer, you’re in luck, because Solingen serves up some of Germany’s best brews. The city is dotted with atmospheric bars and beer gardens, pouring everything from top-fermented Kolsch to luxuriously dark Altbier.
Getting around Solingen
Solingen’s old town is compact and easily navigated on foot. Trains can whisk you to both Cologne and Dusseldorf in 25 minutes, with the drive taking slightly longer.