Solingen Travel Guide

  • A lovely Village
    A lovely Village
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    Kerker / prison
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Solingen Things to Do

  • Go inside the castlebuilding to broaden...

    This painting in the ballroom of Schloss Burg illustrates a political marriage to unify six lands at that time (15th century).The groom is six and his bride is only five years old.

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  • medivial Schloss Burg

    An interesting mixture of medivial and local architecture. The castle is well restored. You can visit the site even for free. The fee to get inside the castle building is low and worth paying for.

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  • Schloss Burg Castle

    A few kilometers from Solingen, is located the Schloss Burg (Castle Berg), home to the Counts of Burg, who initially used the site as a fortress beginning about 1000 A.D. during the time of the crusades. Today it is a part of the 600 year old, world renowned flatware center of Solingen, and was the actual capital of the Bergische Land during the...

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Solingen Restaurants

  • Tasty and home style meals

    Restaurant belongs to the hotel Burger HofIt is a cosy place, family style and makes your really feel at home, they offer a wide variety of soups, meat, chicken, and other dishes as well, mostly from the nordic cuisine style.Service is excellent , fast, and food is extremely tasty. Wiener Schnitzel and the Kartoffeln Zuppe (Potato Soup)Try also...

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  • Closes thing You'll find

    As and actual Mexican living in Germany, this restaurant is not authentic, but they try and the food is not that bad. The ambiance is ok, it gives an idea of what a typical mexican restaurant is like. None of the Waitresses speak spanish or english, so like in anyother restaurant in Germany you will have to order in German. The menu does have the...

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  • Castle Restaurant

    This is a nice Restaurant on the Castle grounds. I had my motorcylewear on, so I did not eat here. It looked rather nice though. I am not sure of the name, it is the only Restaurant on the castle grounds, besides the Waffelhous.

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Solingen Transportation

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    die seilbahn

    by Acore_Beauty_4_U_Luv Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    Schlossburg Castle sits atop a large hill overlooking the beautiful Village. The Sielbahn is used by the locals, as well as enjoyed by the tourists. The Seilbahn does arrive at a nice sized parking area in the Village. There were cute mountain goats running about the steep hill.
    The cost of the ride was about 5 euro's

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Solingen Shopping

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    Quality beyond measure

    by Acore_Beauty_4_U_Luv Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    The history of the symbol which represents ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS AG dates back to 1731. It was then that Johann Peter Henckels, a knife-maker based in Solingen, registered the "Twin"- symbol - now recognized throughout the world - as his trademark with the Cutlers’ Guild of Solingen. It is thus one of the oldest trademarks in the world. J.A. Henckels is by far the most desired set of cutlery!

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Solingen Local Customs

  • eating Brezel or trying Bergische...

    Sorry, I don't like Brezel but I was told that the quality is very good. I tried the rusk / Zwieback in different kinds with nuts etc. and admit: the best rusk I haven eaten. I tried the Bergische Kaffetafel, too, with wafes, cherries, cream and hot chocolate (don't like coffee). Veeery delicious, too, for me. Be aware that this meal is not a snack...

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  • A Medieval Place to see

    SOLINGEN, Germany, in Westphalia, near the Rhine river, stands on a hill bordering the Wupper River, 20 miles northeast of Cologne. It has Catholic and Protestant churches, a synagogue, schools of various grades, hospital, electricity and all the conveniences of a modern town. It is a center of steel and iron industry in Germany.The municipality...

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Solingen Sports & Outdoors

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    German 14th C sword

    by Acore_Beauty_4_U_Luv Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    The original sword now resides in the Deutsches Klingenmusem, in Solingen, Germany. It has a close sibling in the Royal Armouries in Leeds with the same pommel, cross and general blade shape. The blade has a form that places it somewhere between type XII and type XIV according to the Oakeshott typology. The pronounced point is good for slashing attacks as well as thrusts. The careful distribution of mass in the blade makes the sword very quick and precise in handling while allowing it to cut with authority. Profile and distal taper helps achieve sweet handling characteristics.

    The master craftsman who made this sword sometime in the 13th century shaped the blade and hilt components with subtlety and a deep understanding of volumes and mass distribution. A sword of this type would be perfect for sword-and-buckler fighting. As opposed to the more massive swords-of-war of the time, this responsive weapon excels in performance when put to use with the advanced fencing styles of the period.

    An exact hand-forged reconstruction by Peter Johnsson was on display in the Deutsches Klingenmuseum in an exhibition on the craft of swordmaking in historical and present times.

    The subtle shape of the pommel is forged and subsequently hand-finished together with the cross to perfectly fit each sword. Each sword is individually assembled by the artisans of Albion. The grip has a wooden core fitted to the stout tang, covered with leather over cord, just as would have been the case with the original historical sword. The blades are hand ground, individually heat treated for maximum flexibility and edge retention, and finally hand finished to a smooth satin finish. The edges are carefully shaped to a beautiful combination of toughness and cutting performance.

    Equipment: Specifications
    Overall length: 38.4"
    Blade length: 32.125"
    Blade width (at base): 2.38"
    COG: 5.25" from cross
    COP: 20" from cross
    Weight: 2 lbs 8 oz

    Solingen Type XIV.... $1,000

    Hand made scabbard designed by Peter Johnsson, in a style popular in the late 13th C early 14th C. Solingen Type XIV Scabbard.... $500

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Solingen Favorites

  • Weather Info for Solingen

    If you want to know the current weather situation in Solingen visit my weather station on http://www.solingenwetter.de.

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  • Castle Church and Cemetary

    Schloss Burg Castle has a small Catholic Church and Graveyard. The Graveyard is beautifully kept. The flowers around each grave are ornamental and colorfully placed.

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  • A beautiful Carousel

    This Carousel is next the the mountain ridge of the Castle grounds. I found it to be absolutely beautiful. Although I am not sure, it looks to have been from India. It was simply marvelous to look at.

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