Bergisches Land

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Bergisches Land, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
View of the woods of Burg with a typical Bergisches farmhouse
Iuliacensis et Montensis Ducatus, 1645, by Blaeu

The Bergisches Land (German: [ˈbɛʁɡɪʃəs ˈlant], Berg Country) is a low mountain range region within the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, east of Rhine river, south of the Ruhr. The landscape is shaped by woods, meadows, rivers and creeks and contains over 20 artificial lakes.[1] Wuppertal is one of the biggest towns and seen as the region's capital, whereas the southern part nowadays has closer economic and socio-cultural ties to Cologne. Wuppertal and the neighbouring cities of Remscheid, Solingen form the Bergisches Städtedreieck.


Bergisches Land used to be territory of the County of Berg, which later became the Duchy of Berg, who gave the region its name.[2] The Duchy was dissolved in 1815 and in 1822 the region became part of the Prussian Rhine Province.

Amongst the population today, a sense of belonging to the region Bergisches Land is notable in the hilly northern part, but not so much anymore in the areas near the Cologne Bight, the Ruhr area or the city of Düsseldorf.

Economic upswing[edit]

The region became famous during the period of its early industralisation in the 19th century. At that time Wupper Valley was a historical Silicon Valley. Its twin cities Barmen and Elberfeld were the trading- and industrial capitals of Prussia at that time. This economic upswing caused the expansion of the Ruhrgebiet as coal-mining area and gave birth to research on, and the theoretical underlining of social entrepreneurship and socialism: Friedrich Engels was born in Barmen to a textile mill owner.[3]

After the industrial downturn from the 1960s on, the region lost importance but cooperations by Bergisches Land entrepreneurs, active citizens and politicians are bringing back some regional awareness and economic power.[4]

Cities and districts[edit]

City/district affiliation Part of the dukedom Berg (1789) Part of the Bergisches Land in local awareness
DEU Bad Honnef COA.svg Bad Honnef Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X
DEU Bergisch Gladbach COA.svg Bergisch Gladbach Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis X X
DEU Bergneustadt COA.svg Bergneustadt Oberbergischer Kreis X X
DEU Burscheid COA.svg Burscheid Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis X X
Wappen der Landeshauptstadt Duesseldorf.svg Düsseldorf no affiliation X
DEU Eitorf COA.svg Eitorf Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X X
DEU Engelskirchen COA.svg Engelskirchen Oberbergischer Kreis X X
DEU Erkrath COA.svg Erkrath Kreis Mettmann X X
DEU Gummersbach COA.svg Gummersbach Oberbergischer Kreis X
DEU Haan COA.png Haan Kreis Mettmann X X
DEU Heiligenhaus COA.svg Heiligenhaus Kreis Mettmann X X
DEU Hennef COA.svg Hennef Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X X
DEU Hilden COA.svg Hilden Kreis Mettmann X X
DEU Hueckeswagen COA.svg Hückeswagen Oberbergischer Kreis X X
DEU Kuerten COA.svg Kürten Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis X X
DEU Langenfeld COA.svg Langenfeld Kreis Mettmann X X
DEU Leichlingen COA.svg Leichlingen Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis X X
DEU Leverkusen COA.svg Leverkusen no affiliation X X
DEU Lindlar COA.svg Lindlar Oberbergischer Kreis X X
DEU Lohmar COA.svg Lohmar Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X X
DEU Marienheide COA.svg Marienheide Oberbergischer Kreis X
DEU Mettmann COA.svg Mettmann Kreis Mettmann X X
DEU Monheim COA.svg Monheim Kreis Mettmann X X
DEU Morsbach COA.svg Morsbach Oberbergischer Kreis X X
DEU Much COA.svg Much Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X X
DEU Muelheim an der Ruhr COA.svg Mülheim an der Ruhr no affiliation X
DEU Neunkirchen-Seelscheid COA.svg Neunkirchen-Seelscheid Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X X
DEU Niederkassel COA.svg Niederkassel Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X
DEU Nuembrecht COA.svg Nümbrecht Oberbergischer Kreis X
DEU Odenthal COA.svg Odenthal Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis X X
DEU Overath COA.svg Overath Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis X X
DEU Ratingen COA.svg Ratingen Kreis Mettmann X X
DEU Radevormwald COA.svg Radevormwald Oberbergischer Kreis X X
DEU Reichshof COA.svg Reichshof Oberbergischer Kreis X X
DEU Remscheid COA.svg Remscheid no affiliation X X
DEU Roesrath COA.svg Rösrath Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis X X
DEU Ruppichteroth COA.svg Ruppichteroth Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X X
DEU Sankt Augustin COA.svg Sankt Augustin Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X
DEU Siegburg COA.svg Siegburg Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X
Solingen wappen.svg Solingen no affiliation X X
Troisdorf Wappen.svg Troisdorf Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X
DEU Velbert COA.svg Velbert Kreis Mettmann X X
DEU Waldbroel COA.svg Waldbröl Oberbergischer Kreis X X
DEU Wermelskirchen COA.svg Wermelskirchen Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis X X
DEU Wiehl COA.svg Wiehl Oberbergischer Kreis X
DEU Windeck COA.svg Windeck Rhein-Sieg-Kreis X X
DEU Wipperfuerth COA.svg Wipperfürth Oberbergischer Kreis X X
DEU Wülfrath COA.svg Wülfrath Kreis Mettmann X X
DEU Wuppertal COA.svg Wuppertal no affiliation X X

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "North Rhine-Westphalia experience, Bergisches Land". tourismus NRW. Archived from the original on 2006-11-23. Retrieved 2001-11-20.
  2. ^ Claudia Tenten. "Die Grafen von Berg". Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2001-11-20.
  3. ^ Prof. Dr. Klaus Tenfelde. ""Das Ruhrgebiet! Von der Steinzeit bis zur Kulturhauptsatdt 2010" part 2". Retrieved 2001-11-20.
  4. ^ "Cooperation "Berg City Triangle"". Kompetenz Hoch3. Retrieved 2001-11-20.

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Coordinates: 51°03′00″N 7°18′25″E / 51.05000°N 7.30694°E / 51.05000; 7.30694