Cultural city on the move
Wuppertal offers an extremely diverse scene for art and culture. World-famous artists such as the poet Else Lasker-Schüler, the conductor Günter Wand, the choreographer Pina Bausch, the painter Hans von Marées or the free jazz legend Peter Kowald were at home in Wuppertal. Civic engagement has a great tradition here and led to the founding of the Von der Heydt Museum, the Historic Town Hall and the Waldfrieden Sculpture Park.
The beacons of Wuppertal's culture have supraregional appeal and provide exciting impulses. Wuppertal's theatres and symphony orchestra make a name for themselves with gripping productions and innovative concert programmes. The Von der Heydt Museum not only exhibits world-famous works of art from the Impressionist, Expressionist and Classical Modern periods, but has also received several awards in recent years for its outstanding temporary exhibitions. The Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with its international ensemble stands for the revolutionisation of dance worldwide and, with its regular guest performances on all continents, is today regarded as an important cultural ambassador for the dance state of North Rhine-Westphalia and beyond. Together with the Pina Bausch Foundation and funded by the city, state and federal governments, the new Pina Bausch Centre is in preparation, a brand new interdisciplinary art and cultural institution around the listed Schauspielhaus.
The Waldfrieden Sculpture Park, created in Wuppertal by the internationally renowned sculptor Tony Cragg, offers a unique exhibition space for modern art in the middle of nature. The Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal is architecturally one of the city's most important landmarks and also boasts one of the best concert halls in Europe. Not only the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, but also the most famous musicians of the present day and well-known stars of comedy and cabaret are welcome guests. Visitors to Wuppertal are completely surrounded by pictures in the Visiodrom. Located in an industrial monument, classical themes of high culture (2022/23 "Monet - Rebel and Genius") can be experienced as an immersive show on Europe's largest 360-degree screen. The adjoining exhibition on Monet's life and work deepens the experience in a highly entertaining way.
A visit to Wuppertal offers diverse cultural enjoyment at the highest level. A one-day or multi-day trip can also be easily combined with a visit to the Green Zoo and a ride on the world-famous suspension railway. For tourists, whether individual or group travellers, there is a wide-ranging hotel scene. Each of the locations, which are also architecturally interesting, has a gastronomic offer that can also be booked for groups.