This is less of a hike and more of a guided tour. Blankenberg is a remarkable Sieg Valley village with a beautifully preserved old town and castle ruins. The traces of the medieval village, which today is an empty field, makes it even more interesting. The surrounding valley is all beautiful, make sure to check out the local dairy farm and monastery.
Hiking: Past, Present, and Future in the Wuppertal
The Ennepetal is one of the most picturesque corners of the Wuppertal. The ancient monastery church rising above the lake, surrounded by slate-covered houses and dense woodlands, conjures up a fairytale-like atmosphere. This hike takes you along the Ennep River as it flows into the Wupper. Along the way is a long history of industrialization, from the early exploitation of the waterways for power to the full mass production of fabric. Make sure to stop at the museums and industrial heritage sites along the way.
City Overview: Wuppertal
A visual overview of the main things to see in Wuppertal, a unique 19th century city that snakes along the Wupper Valley. Its best known for its elevated railway, suspended above the river, and its 19th century cityscape.
Exploring the Bergisches Land
The Bergisches Land is today known for its pastoral landscapes and small villages of slate-covered homes. However, its mines powered Germany's rise as a great power. The landscape is covered in natural beauty and monuments to human ingenuity.
Traditional Foods of the Bergisches Land
The people of Berg worked hard and needed a diet rich in protein. Along the way came into their own culinary traditions. Here I outline some of the most traditional things you can eat in this part of Germany.