Lennep Remscheid Reviews
Genuine capital of mountainland Aug 11, 2015
Lennep, since 1929 a suburb of Remscheid, has preserved its typical picturesque cityscape. Bergisches Land (mountainland) has a distinct climate and culture - colder, more rainy and less fertile than Cologne lowland. As a consequence, typical Berg houses are equipped with black slates and green windows. Many of the traditional houses have been destroyed due to modernization and World War II air raids. Remscheid and Solingen have been rebuilt with dull modern architecture, but Lennep has preserved its picturesque heritage, making it a regional gem. There are just enough tourists to let the local restaurants survive. They serve local German food, e.g. Bergische Kaffeetafel - a funny combination of rice pudding and sweet waffles with cherries, black bread with cheese and sausage, coffee and (maybe) hard liquor.
During the middle ages, Lennep was considered the most important city of Bergisches Land (mountainland), even more important than Düsseldorf. Two fires in 1563 and 1746 have ruined the local economy, so it finally became second to Remscheid.
Lennep has one marketplace, three churches, two museums and 116 houses which are declared as monuments. The birth house of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen has been converted into a museum (Deutsches Röntgen-Museum).
Compared with other heritage towns, Lennep is easier to access. The motorway A1 has an exit there. There are many free parking lots outside the old town centre. A small train from Wuppertal to Solingen is running every 20-30 minutes. The Way to Santiago also takes its course through the town.
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