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The Wipperkotten

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  • Solingen

Craftsmanship in a picturesque setting | Wipperkotten Hand-crafted precision work – without any high-tech equipment Little has changed here at the Wipperkotten for 400 years and that's a good thing. It’s thanks to this that you can still marvel today at genuine craftsmanship at the grinding cottage on the banks of the Wupper.

Grinding history alive and well

Wipperkotten is picturesquely located at the point where the Weinsberg and Wupper rivers meet. At this last large double cottage facility in Solingen, you can still see the grinders at their daily work today. The grinding method has changed little over the centuries. 

On the ground floor, the drive axles and transmission wheels of the water power plant highlight the function of this cottage. Other points provide more detailed information about the trade.

As a special highlight, groups can pre-book a genuine Bergische Kaffeetafel (coffee and snacks) and enjoy a “coffee in the cottage” before or after visiting the museum.

Wipperkotten over the course of time

The origins of the Wipperkotten date back to 1605 and tell an eventful story. The building has fallen victim to fire on several occasions. It was last extended in 1858 and constructed as we know it today. Unfortunately, the Wipperkotten was damaged by flooding during the night of 15 July 2021. Restoration work is still in progress. 

Guided tours and grinding service at Wipperkotten

The Wipperkotten is happy to offer guided tours. Pre-registration is required. However, you can get your blunt cutlery sharpened every Friday. For more information, visit schleiferei-wipperkotten.de

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The Wipperkotten
Wipperkotten 2
42699 Solingen

Phone: 0212-2473958
Website: www.schleiferei-wipperkotten.de

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