Holstein Stairs © Frank Vincentz/wikicommons
Holstein Stairs© Frank Vincentz/wikicommons

Between the mountains and wooded areas, Wuppertal is a great place for recreation and relaxation. If you like hiking and enjoying nature, but also want the city-life experience, you’ll find ideal conditions for studying here. Other advantages include a compact campus and a very good infrastructure.

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There are two main things which Wuppertal offers – gardens and parks for relaxing and playing sports and a well-developed infrastructure with good traffic connections. Situated among numerous hills and small mountains, the city of Wuppertal is one of Germany’s largest university towns with some 350,000 inhabitants. It also has many surprises in store for you.

You probably won’t go a day in Wuppertal without climbing or descending at least one flight of stairs. There are 469 stairways with a total of 12,000 steps around the entire city. The best-known stairway in town is the “Tippen-Tappen-Tönchen“ (Tip-Tap Tones) which sounds like you’re walking up and down the stairs in wooden shoes. The longest stairway is the “Jakobstreppe” with 155 steps connecting the district of Elberfeld-West and Nützenberg, and the most impressive stairway – architecturally speaking – is the “Vogelsauer Treppe” in Elberfeld-West.

You also have to walk uphill to reach the University of Wuppertal. The university is situated on the Griffelberg in the southern part of the city. Even if you find the climb rather strenuous, once you’re at the university you’ll enjoy a great view over the Wupper Valley and the surrounding region. But don’t worry, there is a regular bus line that connects the campus to all the different quarters of the city.

This former industrial city looks back at an eventful history. Many of its historic buildings are located in the downtown district. The German philosopher Friedrich Engels is one of Wuppertal’s most famous sons; you can learn more about his life and achievements at the Engels House. The is worth visiting for its impressive architecture alone, as is the Wuppertal Stadthalle. You can enjoy the easy-going atmosphere of the city on a long stroll through downtown and the many gardens, parks and woods.

One of the biggest attractions in Wuppertal is the suspension tram line which carries passengers 12 metres over and above the Wupper River from downtown to the surrounding city districts. The cars are suspended from a rail with wheels integrated into the roof which makes you feel as if you are floating in the air.


Even though the pulsating cities of and tend to “steal the show”, Wuppertal certainly has much to offer! At Laurentiusplatz and Luisenstrasse – Wuppertal’s “unofficial student quarter” – you’ll find all kinds of cafés and pubs. You should definitely go to the Luisencafé where you are guaranteed to meet many other students. The Thalia Pub inside the Wuppertal Brewery is a bit cosier and more traditional. In the evening, you can go out to the unconventional Pina Bausch Dance Theatre or to one of Wuppertal’s clubs, such as the U-Club, the Live Club Barmen or the Butan.

A major advantage of living in Wuppertal is its proximity to nature. You only need to take a short bike ride or public transport and you’ll find yourself in the Bergisches Land –a mountainous region nearby. You can go hiking, cycling and climbing in the surrounding area. The Ronsdorfer Reservoir is a popular destination only three kilometres away from Wuppertal. In the summer, you can go swimming in the lake or even camping with friends at the weekend at one of the surrounding camping areas.

Many students at the University of Wuppertal live in the outskirts of Wuppertal or in other cities in North Rhine-Westphalia. This is possible thanks to the excellent train connections. Within one hour you can travel from Wuppertal to Cologne, , , Düsseldorf and many other cities.



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