Wuppertal, the “City in the Valley”, is an amalgam of several small towns alongside the River Wupper in North-Rhine Westphalia. Situated to the east of Dusseldorf, Wuppertal is unique in two ways: it is the only German city to be linear in shape, and the city has a Schwebebahn, a suspended monorail light transport system, which dates from 1901 and is still in daily use by thousands of residents and tourists. Likened to San Francisco, Wuppertal, with its ‘hovering railway’ and steep hills, has 469 public flights of stairs, which combine to make 12,000 steps, so the city is one for the physically fit to negotiate on foot, or else opt for the monorail to get around Wuppertal in style! There are many forested areas and parks in Wuppertal, and an attractively landscaped Zoo to spend time visiting, so expatriates living in Wuppertal have a leafy and pleasant urban environment to enjoy. Wuppertal has its own symphony orchestra, whilst the Wuppertaler Bühnen stage opera as well as theater performances. The Pina Bausch Dance Company, named after the late choreographer, give regular performances of modern dance in the city, ensuring Wuppertal remains a cultural hub. For more information on life abroad, expats living in Wuppertal may join InterNations, the friendly community of global expatriates from all walks of life who share the common bond of living overseas.
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Wuppertal is served by Dusseldorf and Cologne/Bonn international airports, and is just thirty minutes by train from Cologne, with intercity express trains, known as ICE, arriving at the Hauptbahnhof main station in Wuppertal. Other train services include the S-Bahn, or Schnell-Bahn, and Regional Express (RE) trains, which stop at other stations in the city. Expats moving to Wuppertal may avoid traffic congestion by taking the monorail, as locals do. Taking thirty minutes to travel the length of the city, the monorail offers an efficient alternative means of transport. Relocating to a new country is a stressful experience, even for a hardened expatriate, but as an InterNations member help is available online with advice on specific problems readily given by expats with knowledge of Germany. General information on the process of relocation is contained in the Expat Magazine, InterNations’ online collection of articles on a broad range of topics that expatriates typically need to consider before, during and after relocating.
Wuppertal is a major industrial center as well as a university city. Modern cutting edge companies in nanotechnology, multimedia, automotive systems, pharmaceuticals, electronics and environmental technologies exist alongside the traditional industries of tool making, textiles, mechanical engineering and chemicals. With a number of multinational companies based in Wuppertal, English is spoken by many, but being able to fluently speak German is essential for everyday life. As an InterNations member, you will join the ranks of like-minded expat professionals from business, industry, commerce and education and more, as well as members of the diplomatic and civil service who work abroad. Socializing and networking via the InterNations portal may well forge business and social contacts in and around Wuppertal, which could lead to the local membership organizing social gatherings and events for expatriates in Wuppertal, Germany.