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. Rising near
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in western
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it runs through the mountainous region of the
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in Berg County and enters the Rhine at
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, south of
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. Its upper course is called the Wipper. On its course of about 116 km, the Wupper passes through the city of
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where the
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runs for 10 kilometres above the river. It is crossed by the highest
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bridge in Germany near Müngsten, between
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. A few kilometers further down, Burg Castle is located on a hill overlooking the river.


From the 15th century, the Wupper and its numerous streams gave birth to hundreds of workshops, mills and factories on their banks. Originally water was used for dying,
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and washing canvas and cloth, later it was used to power machines or transport waste. The Wupper thus facilitated the early industrial expansion of
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(German for "Wupper Valley") during the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. The Wupper Valley was one of world's first industrialized regions and empowered ''inter alia'' the
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The following rivers are tributaries to the river Wupper (from source to mouth): *Left: Gaulbach, Brunsbach (Wupper), Brunsbach, Pixwaager Bach, Dörpe, Wilhelmstaler Bach, Hardtbach, Lohbach, Nöllenberger Bach, Stoffelsberger Bach, Hofsiefen, Hengstener Bach, Steinhauser Bach, Lohmühlenbach, Herbringhauser Bach, Marscheider Bach, Eschensiepen, Blombach, Norrenberger Bach, Murmelbach (Wupper), Murmelbach, Fischertaler Bach, Springer Bach, Kothener Bach, Auer Bach, Bendahler Bach, Klusensprung, Holzer Bach, Hatzenbeck, Ossenbeck, Rutenbeck (Wupper), Rutenbeck, Glasbach, Burgholzbach, Weilandsiepen, Kaltenbach (Wupper), Kaltenbach, Morsbach (Wupper), Morsbach, Eschbach (Wupper), Eschbach, Sengbach, Weltersbach, Murbach (Wupper), Murbach, Wiembach, Dhünn. *Right: Kerspe, Hönnige (Wupper), Hönnige, Neye (Wupper), Neye, Bever (Wupper), Bever, Frohnhauser Bach, Wiebach, Kretzer Bach, Uelfe, Remlingrader Bach, Spreeler Bach, Steinhauserbergbach, Nebenkämper Siefen, Ehrenberger Bach, Steinbruch Siefen, Schmitteborner Bach, Hebbecke, Schwelme, Schwarzbach (Wupper), Schwarzbach, Leimbach (Wupper), Leimbach, Schönebeck, Mirker Bach, Briller Bach, Varresbeck, Lüntenbeck, Rottscheider Bach, Buchenhofener Siepen.


* On 21 July 1950 a young elephant named Tuffi, made to ride on the train by her handler as an advertising stunt, decided she didn't like the ride, panicked (and panicked the other, human, passengers), burst out of the car she was riding in, and jumped or fell into the Wupper, only slightly injuring herself. In 1970 Marguerita Eckel and Ernst-Andreas Ziegler published a children's picture book about the incident, ''Tuffi und die Schwebebahn''. * The Wupper is cited in the German sayings: "Über die Wupper gehen", literally "To go over the Wupper", metaphorically meaning "going bankrupt", "going into jail" or "going to die". * Else Lasker-Schüler wrote a drama entitled ''Die Wupper''.

See also

*List of rivers of North Rhine-Westphalia


{{Authority control Wupper, Rivers of North Rhine-Westphalia Wupper basin, Rivers of Germany