Solingen (DE)

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Solingen is a city (155,178 inhabitants end 2013) in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located on the northern edge of the region called Bergisches Land, south of the Ruhr area, and is the second largest city in the Bergisches Land.

Solingen is called the "City of Blades", since it has long been renowned for the manufacturing of fine swords, knives, scissors and razors. In Medieval times, the swordsmiths of Solingen coined the town's image, which is preserved to this date. In the latter part of the 17th century, a group of swordsmiths from Solingen broke their guild oaths by taking their sword-making secrets with them to Shotley Bridge, County Durham in England.

Historically, a Kreis in the Rhineland province of Prussia, District of Düsseldorf. In 1929 the city incorporated Gräfrath, Höhscheid, Ohligs and Wald.

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City administration

Solingen currently consists of five boroughs. Each borough has a municipal council of either 13 or 15 representatives (Bezirksvertreter) elected every five years by the borough's population. The municipal councils are responsible for many of the boroughs' important administrative affairs. The five city boroughs:

  • Gräfrath
  • Wald (Solingen)
  • (Solingen-)Mitte
  • Ohligs/Aufderhöhe/Merscheid
  • Höhscheid/Burg

The individuals boroughs are in part composed of separate quarters or residential areas with their own names, although they often lack precise borders. These areas are: AUFDERHÖHE: Aufderbech, Börkhaus, Gosse, Horn, Holzhof, Josefstal, Landwehr, Löhdorf, Pohligsfeld, Riefnacken, Rupelrath, Siebels, Steinendorf, Ufer, Wiefeldick

BURG: Angerscheid, Höhrath

GRÄFRATH: Central, Flachsberg, Flockertsholz, Focher Dahl, Fürkeltrath, Heide, Ketzberg, Külf, Nümmen, Piepersberg, Rathland, Schieten, Zum Holz

HÖHSCHEID: Balkhausen, Bünkenberg, Dorperhof, Friedrichstal, Fürkelt, Glüder, Grünewald, Haasenmühle, Hästen, Katternberg, Kohlsberg, Meiswinkel, Nacken, Pfaffenberg, Pilghausen, Rölscheid, Rüden, Schaberg, Schlicken, Unnersberg, Weeg, Widdert, Wippe

MERSCHEID: Büschberg, Dahl, Dingshaus, Fürk, Fürker Irlen, Gönrath, Hübben, Hoffnung, Limminghofen, Scheuren, Schmalzgrube

MITTE: Entenpfuhl, Eick, Grunenburg, Hasseldelle, Kannenhof, Kohlfurth, Krahenhöhe, Mangenberg, Meigen, Müngsten, Papiermühle, Scheidt, Schlagbaum, Schrodtberg, Stöcken, Stockdum, Theegarten, Vorspel, Windfeln

OHLIGS: Brabant, Broßhaus, Buschfeld, Caspersbroich, Deusberg, Engelsberger Hof, Hackhausen, Keusenhof, Mankhaus, Maubes, Monhofer Feld, Poschheide, Scharrenberg, Schnittert, Suppenheide, Unterland, Wilzhaus, Verlach

Solingen currently uses postcodes 42601-42719.

WALD: see Solingen-Wald (DE) page.

Postmarks in Federal Republic of Germany

Meter cancels

Meter cancel Solingen 1952

Allied Occupied Germany

SOLINGEN 1 l 5.11.45

Postmarks in German Empire

Bridges at SOLINGEN 1 in 1920, MiA113.
Bridge in 1924
Bridge in 1930
Michel No. 420, postmarked at "Solingen", 12-1931

FOCHE

FOCHE Solingen in 1918 (a district in the north of the town).

WALD

See page Solingen-Wald (DE)

Postmarks in North German Confederation

OHLIGS

Frame on the 1869 issue.

Postmarks in Prussia Rheinland province

Kreis SOLINGEN used a Postal code 1407.