Solingen is a city in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located in the Bergisches Land region and has about 160,000 inhabitants. Solingen is known for the production of high-quality knives, scissors and other cutting tools, which has earned the city the nickname "City of Blades". Solingen has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages and was an important center of the steel and metal processing industry during the Industrial Revolution. Today, the city is still home to numerous companies specializing in metalworking, as well as a number of museums and cultural institutions, including the Solingen Art Museum, the German Blade Museum, and the Solingen City Museum.
In addition to its industrial heritage, Solingen is also known for its beautiful nature, with many parks and forests in and around the city. The Bergisches Land region is a popular destination for hiking and biking, and the nearby Wupper River is a popular spot for fishing and boating.