Solingen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located some 25 km east of Düsseldorf along the northern edge of the region called Bergisches Land, south of the Ruhr area, and is the second largest city in the Bergisches Land. It is a member of the regional authority of the Rhineland. Solingen is called the "City of Blades", since it has long been renowned for the manufacturing of fine swords, knives, scissors and razors made by famous firms such as WKC, DOVO, Wüsthof, Zwilling J. A. Henckels, Böker, Güde, Hubertus, Diefenthal, Puma, Clauberg, Eickhorn, Linder, Carl Schmidt Sohn, Dreiturm, Herder, and numerous other manufacturers.
In medieval times, the sword-smiths of Solingen designed the town's coat of arms, which continues to the present. In the latter part of the 17th century, a group of sword-smiths from Solingen broke their guild oaths by taking their sword-making secrets with them to Shotley Bridge, County Durham in England.
Solingen has a population of over 158,726 people. Solingen is the #268 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.9289 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.
Solingen is twinned with: Gouda, Netherlands; Chalon-sur-Saône, France; Blyth, England, United Kingdom; Jinotega, Nicaragua; Ness Ziona, Israel; Thiès, Senegal; Aue, Germany.