Solingen’s rather violent sounding nickname does not reflect the picturesque quaintness of its historic quarters. The city of blades, as Solingen is affectionately known due to its association with prominent razor companies, is an attractive architectural array of half-timbered houses and flagrant fortresses. An intriguing medieval history resides beneath the cobbles of the sinuous streets, upon which cheerful tourists absorb the antique charm of the town. A holistic holiday experience is guaranteed in Solingen, with its gorgeous green gardens, excellent museums and majestic medieval monuments.
Boasting the title of one of the region’s largest reconstructed castles, Burg Castle is an impressive and authoritative fortress that resides upon a resplendent hilltop perch. The stolid stonewalls of the structure date back to the 12th century, when the castle was occupied by regal counts. Today, the atmospheric wall are an ideal place within which to experience the rich history of the city.
Grab a slice of the action at the revered German Blade Museum, a cutting collection of blades from a variety of eras and continents. Glittering displays illustrate the diverse functions and dynamic designs of swords and cutlery across history; you’re sure to be impressed rather than distressed by these shiny swords.
Hailed as Solingen’s most exceptional eatery, the sublime seafood of Schalte’s Fischrestaurant comes as an unexpected surprise. An elegant interior boasts soft colour tones and sleek leather furniture while the monthly changing menu pays homage to the seas bounty, all of which is provided by the seafood shop next door. Expect to sample extravagant platters in which scallops, shrimp and mussels inject immense flavour and freshness. (Dusseldorfer Strasse 90, Solingen, Germany)