The Bergisches Städtedreieck (Bergisch City Triangle), consisting of the Cities of Wuppertal, Solingen and Remscheid, has been one of the most important hubs for innovative, forward-looking and competitive industry in Germany, Europe and the world for centuries. In the past, decisive economic steps were taken here in the region and foundations were laid for world market-leading companies.
The historical milestones range from Wuppertal as a flourishing textile metropolis in the 15th to the 19th century, to Solingen, the blade city that has been internationally known and appreciated since the Middle Ages, to Remscheid, the traditional craft and industrial location of tool manufacturing.
As early as 1784, the first cotton spinning mill on the European continent was built in Wuppertal. The region profited intensively from industrialisation and became an innovative textile centre of the 19th century.
German railway history was also significantly influenced in the Bergisch region, as one of the first railway lines in Germany was built between Wuppertal and Essen in the first half of the 19th century. The Müngsten Bridge, located between Remscheid and Solingen, still stands for the progressiveness and economic power of the region. Completed in 1897, the structure is still Germany’s highest railway bridge. Even then, the Bergisch region became a decisive starting point for the industrialisation and mobility of the future.
The Bergisch City Triangle of Wuppertal, Remscheid and Solingen has always retained this status as a place-to-be for industry and business as well as a pioneer of new mobility concepts. This is proven, for example, by the Solingen trolleybuses introduced in the early 1950s, which are still in operation today and are considered the largest trolleybus system in Germany. On the way to 100 percent emission-free public transport, the buses are now even being electrified step by step for the future. Wuppertal, too, still stands for innovative mobility with its landmark, the world’s only suspension railway. What used to spur the development of the railway network is exactly what paves the way for new regional mobility solutions and successful industrialisation today: inventiveness, courage and a willingness to innovate.
The Bergisch Three are not afraid to try out new things, now and in the future, and thus constantly drive economic and industrial development forward. The history of the three cities impressively proves that this has already worked excellently in the past and thus also provides a positive outlook for the future: “Industrial transformation and mobility? We could then, we can now and we will be able to in the future!”
The Bergisch City Triangle was and is a think tank and centre of concentration for companies that are successful worldwide. Rising hidden champions, established world market leaders as well as innovative newcomers call the region home and ensure international attention and recognition.
Solingen knives and other blade products set quality standards all over the world. The Remscheid tool industry still secures its lead over the competition through tradition and know-how. Wuppertal has transformed itself from one of the most important textile cities to a technology centre where forward-looking companies from IT, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering & Co. develop their products and solutions.