The Old Market

Like many other places in Europe, the buildings around Solingen’s Alter Markt – old market – no longer exist. Neither does the famous statue of the sword smith Peter Hahn who towered above the famous water fountain and was a symbol for the city’s centuries-old metal and weapons industry. Solingen was bombed on November 4 …

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Nestled in the beech and oak forests of the Bergische Land, just twenty-five miles northwest of Cologne and the Rhine river, the city of Solingen has grown for more than six-hundred years. First mentioned in the 11th century, it achieved city status in the 1400s. World-famous for its steel and weapons industry, shops and factories …

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