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Wuppertal

Wuppertal is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located on the Wupper[?] river south of the Ruhr area. Population 376,700 (1999).

It is a major industrial centre including such industries as: textiles, metallurgy, chemicals, rubber, vehicles, printing equipment, and beer.

One of the city's greatest attractions is the suspended monorail, which was established in 1901. The tracks are 8 m above the streets resp. 12 m above the Wupper river.

The city was formed in 1929 by merging Barmen, Elberfeld, Vohwinkel, and several smaller towns. The name was initially Barmen-Elberfeld, and after 1930 Wuppertal. During World War II it was heavily bombed by the Allies as were many other industrial centres at the time.

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