In the books this house has first been mentioned in 1701. It used to have a red brick roof in constrast to the then usual straw roofs. It belonged to the later maire Gottfried Stock. Please note the exceptional rounded glass panel windows.
What intrigued me most in Schwelm were all the houses covered in slate. I have never seen that many in anyone place before. Generally, a lot of houses have plates in German on their walls explaining something about the history of the businesses they contained.
Make sure you take a look at the Adler Apotheke at Altmarkt 2 too. Inside there is a very old fashioned pharmacy.
The synagogue used to stand on this hillside from its inauguration in 1819 until its destruction in November 1938. The Jewish community was under massive pressure and finally sold the synagogue which was of a unique kind south of the Ruhr river to the town who shortly after had it destroyed. Today you still can see fragments of the foundations and the door.
There are various local bus lines like 608 from Wuppertal. Schwelm also has bus connections to other surrounding towns like Ennepetal etc. They all belong to the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr.
Schwelm can be reached by regional train on the Dortmund – Koeln line. The town center is a bit of an uphill walk from the railway station.
Schwelmer beer has been brewed since 1830. The brewery has been established by Johannes Klein (1808-1878). Over the years the brewery changed hands many times and it was due to be closed down in the year 2000. But locals saved it and the Schwelmer still enjoys its customers and fans.
In 2001 a fanclub was set up with around 11000 fans worldwide. Today it’s still a privately owned brewery!The brewery can be visited for a 90 minutes tour which currently costs Euro 9.50. As individuals you can join a group from Tuesday to Thursday but you have to book ahead. There is a short version of the website in English available.