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Historic Beyenburg

Short facts

  • Wuppertal

A district of Wuppertal but still quite a distance from the big city. Picturesquely situated on the Wupper river. With idyllic half-timbered houses and important places of interest.

Idyllic old town with historic monastery and cloister church

When you arrive in Beyenburg it’s hard to believe that you are still in the city. It’s so green and quiet here. And yet, impressive testimonies to the past lie in store.

It used to be much louder and livelier here as Beyenburg was a regular stop on one of the most important trade routes to and from Cologne and the Way of St James pilgrimage route. Local trade and the hospitality industry flourished as a result. Merchants found accommodation in the village and pilgrims stayed at the Steinhaus monastery. 

The trade routes changed over the centuries and Beyenburg's importance dwindled. What has remained, however, is the enchanting countryside around the Beyenburg reservoir, beautiful half-timbered houses, the Beyenburg monastery and the important 14th century St Mary Magdalene cloister church. It is one of the finest examples of late Gothic architecture in the region and is affectionately known as “Beyenburg Cathedral”.

Tip: Don’t miss the views of Beyenburg. A magical panorama of Beyenburg can be had from the opposite side of the reservoir. Simply cross the Wupper using the little bridge at the Beyenburg ford and walk a short distance along the Beyenburg reservoir.

Good to know


Historic Beyenburg
Beyenburger Freiheit
42399 Wuppertal

Phone: +49 202 / 563 21 80
Website: www.bergisch-mal-drei.de/staedte-kultur/sehenswuerdigkeiten/altstadt-beyenburg

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