The M?ngsten viaduct park

The Müngsten viaduct park was opened in 2006. The site beneath the world-famous Müngsten viaduct can best be summed up in the words: "Nature meets technology, an idyll supplemented by an engineering masterpiece. The famous railway viaduct spanning the Wupper valley lies in the middle of the three Bergisch towns of Remscheid, Solingen and Wuppertal. The landscape around the bridge and the River Wupper itself are just as impressive as the filigree steel construction of the viaduct arch.

For this reason the Viaduct Park has become a tourist highlight with its own unique quality. Every year the park more than 3000 visitors come to the park. The scenic landscape and the natural surroundings paired with a famous role of viaduct, relics of industrial history and the rapidly flowing River Wupper all combine to make the park a fascinating experience. What's more, there is no admission charge.

The concept

For decades no one had bothered about reviving the site beneath the world-famous railway viaduct until the opening of the park in May 2006. Within the framework of the REGIONALE 2006 the project, the three towns of Remscheid, Solingen and Wuppertal used the opportunity to develop a man-made landscape and create an attractive excursion venue here at the centre of an urban triangle.

The viaduct park was created from designs made by the "Atelier Loidl" in Berlin. The company had won a competition in 2003 the landscape the area in an artistic manner. Its design caters for day-trippers in need of peace and a special landscape experience.

At the same time great care has been taken to respect the flora and fauna in the area around the River Wupper, a nature protection area conforming with European standards. For example the kingfisher, a protected species has made its home along this section of the Wupper.
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Today the viaduct park is banned to motor traffic. The parking lot directly adjacent to the park is easy to find and conveniently sited. From here visitors pass across off a bridge along the Morsbach stream beneath the busy B 229 road, just minutes away from the viaduct park. At the entrance to the main park there is an old grinder’s cottage known as the "Schaltkotten", which nowadays houses a forge. More on making objects with fire. In addition there is a small river dam containing hydraulic-power equipment in full working order.

It is planned to open a new restaurant and cafe along with a visitor centre by 2010. At the moment visitors are catered for in a bistro offering simple dishes, cafe and cake.

The viaduct park really begins after visitors have passed this building. Here the river bank has been landscaped with meadow-like zones. Areas of grass invite visitors to sunbathe, play and picnic. Small groups of alders and hornbeams not only function as orientation points, but also provide visitors with shady areas. From the bank, 10 metre long wooden balconies stretch out over the surface of the Wupper like diving boards, enabling visitors to get a clear view of the course of the river and the viaduct. The centre of the park is taken up by the Müngsten viaduct running high above the landscape below, and every 20 minutes a train passes overhead.

One of the attractions for both young and old are the so-called Müngsten Riddles. At a central point in the park an artist by the name of Ulrike Böhme has inscribed 10 riddles on stone plates Attentive visitors can find the answers scattered around the park. The 10 riddles

A furher highlight in the Park is the so-called "overhead ferry", a reference to the nearby overhead railway in Wuppertal. It consists of a hand car attached to a cable that glides above the surface of the water and takes visitors from one bank of the Wupper to the other. (More on the overhead ferry)

The kiosk selling dishes by Elsa Böhm, and the adjoining mini-golf course are also integrated into the park. More on the pavilion and the mini-golf course Some information about "Diederich tempel"

Over 300.000 people visited the Müngsten viaduct park in 2006, during the first year in which it was open.