Wuppertal is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the Wupper river south of the Ruhr area. With 343,000 inhabitants, it is the 17th biggest town in Germany. In 1929, five cities (Barmen, Elberfeld, Cronenberg, Ronsdorf, Vohwinkel) merged to one new city which was called Wuppertal.
Wuppertal is well known for its unique monorail railway which is hanging above the river Wupper. Germans call it "Schwebebahn". The Schwebebahn was build in 1901. A major attraction of the city besides the monorail is the Wuppertaler-Zoo which is one of the biggest in Germany.
Wuppertal is dominated by woods, meadows, gardens and fields. It is also a major industrial centre including such industries as: textiles, metallurgy, chemicals, medicine (Bayer), electric, rubber, vehicles and printing equipment. One of the most famous pain-killers, Aspirin, was invented in Wuppertal by Bayer.
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