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Wuppertal, Germany
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    Urban district in the North Rhine-Westphalia state in northwestern Germany
    Birthplace of aspirin (patented 1897)
    Previously known as Barmen-Elberfeld (renamed ‘Wupper valley’ in 1930)
    Area of roughly 65 square miles (or 168 square kilometers)
    Population: 352,390 (2016)
    Under the names of Barmen and Elberfeld – mentioned as early as the 11th century – it held a monopoly on yarn bleaching in the 16th century.
    It was the site of one of the first Nazi concentration camps.
    Captured by the U.S. 78th Infantry Division shortly before the end of WWII, it would become part of the British Zone of Occupation.
    It sometimes gets confused with the small South African town Wupperthal (right down to its alternative spelling).
    While it would remain important to the present day, its textile industry has diminished over the centuries.
    Other core resources include chemicals, plastics, and electrical engineering products.
    Its suspended railway system – the Schwebebahn (1901) – runs on classic overhead wheels.
    Until 1999, there were no reports of any fatalities on the Schwebebahn (though an elephant ended up on the train as a circus promotion).
    The earliest Picasso works were publicly displayed at the von der Heydt Museum.
    Roughly two thirds of the total municipal area is green space, with the nearest public park rarely more than a mile away.

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