Bike Touring Highlight
Not so long ago, Wuppertal was considered one of the least bicycle-friendly cities in Germany. Recently, however, the city in the Bergisches Land has become increasingly popular among cyclists. The main reason for this is the Nordbahntrasse, a railway line recultivated as a cycle path, which meanders "over the roofs" of the long city from Vohwinkel to Sprockhövel.
One of the heart of the route, the Mirke train station, is located at the height of the Elberfeld district. The listed building is the cultural center of Nordstadt and provides a home for many colorful projects. Café Hutmacher is located in this old station building. Here you can take a leisurely break inside and outside in good weather. In addition to coffee and cake, there are delicious snacks from the stone oven or from the grill from spring to autumn. If you would rather have a beer with the tarte flambée from the oven, you are well advised to try the house beer "Bärtig Bräu". Sustainability is very important here. Whether it's coffee, soda or beer, care is taken to ensure that everything is produced fairly and locally.
The whole thing is rounded off by numerous events such as readings, concerts or design markets, which mainly take place at the station on weekends. If you don't have your own bike, Mirke train station is also a good starting point for you. It is easily accessible by public transport and offers free bike rental. For a small deposit you can start cycling from there.
Monday to Thursday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.,
Fri. 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.,
Sat. 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.,
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
March 9, 2018
The building was registered on August 31, 1987 in the monument list.
The interiors were used as film backdrop in 2003 for the final pictures of the feature film Bye Bye Blackbird and in 2013 for the film King Ping as well as for various short films and music videos.
July 23, 2017
Since 2011, the station houses "Utopia City", a creative network of offices, studios and coworking space.  In the same year, the Hackerspace / dev / tal moved into the main building. In 2013 opened a gastronomy with the "Hutmacher", 2014 the free bicycle rental Utopiastadtrad and the Utopiawerkstadt as an open workshop / Fablab. Since 2017, the outbuilding of the former baggage handling has been completely refurbished mainly through volunteer work.
July 16, 2018
The Mirker station is known like a sore thumb and the cultural and social highlight on the Nordbahntrasse. Repair coffee, bike rental, co-working space, bar, coffee, snack bar, chill-out... all together! On a nice summer evening, it's THE place to be with a beer to end the day - of course with a Bärtig-Bräu, Mirker Bahnhof's own beer brand.
July 18, 2018
The Cafe Hutmacher in Utopia city at the former Mirker station is the cafe on the Nordbahntrasse at all. Outside are a lot of tables and chairs and pallet furniture ready to take a break and a snack or drink. Lately it's not an insider tip, it's always pretty busy. Overflow of both cyclists and walkers. In fine and warm weather, there is always an ice cream truck on the premises for cooling off young and old.
July 22, 2019
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