Admire stunning architecture, explore a beautiful nature park and visit many interesting museums and art galleries in Germany’s most populous state.
North Rhine-Westphalia features bustling cities and striking wilderness areas. See medieval architecture and tour museums and art galleries in one of Germany’s oldest cities. North Rhine-Westphalia is an important region of ancient Roman and Germanic history.
Duesseldorf is a major hub of fashion, art and shopping. The capital city of North Rhine-Westphalia features lively nightlife, excellent restaurants and some of the state’s best museums. See vintage cars at Classic Remise Düsseldorf or stop at Königsallee, an urban boulevard with designer stores and a pretty canal.
Visit Cologne for impressive medieval buildings. The city is the largest in North Rhine-Westphalia and one of Germany’s largest. It hosts the world-famous Kölner Karneval, a street carnival with music, fireworks and trade fairs. Tour Cologne Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church from the mid-1200s.
Stop at Muenster, an independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia. Muenster is great for outdoor activities, including nature walking, rock climbing, sailing, horseback riding and mountain biking. The city is known for Muenster Cathedral, a remarkable 13th-century church and Aasee, a pretty man-made lake.
Aachen is a resort, spa and border town in North Rhine-Westphalia. The town features a magnificent Roman Catholic cathedral, Aachen Cathedral, dating to the 8th century. It is one of the oldest cathedrals in Northern Europe. Take a guided tour of Aachen Town Hall, a Gothic-Baroque building dating to the 14th century.
Rhineland Nature Park features dense forests, volcanoes, rivers and lakes. The vast nature park is great for watersports, hiking, bird watching and mountain biking. Stop at visitor centers to find information about key areas and activities in Rhineland Nature Park in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The large state is also known for other German cities, including Dortmund and Essen. Stay in Duesseldorf for boutique stores, art galleries, wine bars and restaurants. Cologne and Aachen are great for studying medieval buildings and learning about the region’s history.
No visit to Germany is complete without staying in one or more of North Rhine-Westphalia’s beautiful cities.