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Welcome to Wuppertal, what Manchester would be like if it were German

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Wolfram Deutsch makes a somewhat daring comparison: “New York has the car-free High Line, Wuppertal has the 23-kilometre-long Nordbahntrasse,” says the industrial manager, who runs a bicycle rental shop along the cycle route in his spare time. The Nordbahn is indeed something to behold. Where until 1991 railcars ran from station to station, one of Europe’s longest inner-city paths for cyclists, pedestrians and skaters has been created. When the sun is out, thousands head to the linear park and spend their day there. Tourists on bikes look down on the sea of houses in the valley from historic b…

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