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North Rhine-WestphaliaGermany


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.

Popular cities in North Rhine-Westphalia

Hohenzollern Bridge which includes night scenes, a church or cathedral and a river or creek
Known for Shopping, Cathedral and Business
Discover the character of this liberal and hospitable city, now a hub for arts and culture in Germany’s Rhineland.

Reasons to visit

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Chocolate Museum
  • Alter Markt
Known for Shopping, Business and Museum
This city on the banks of the Rhine attracts visitors with beer and museums, architecture, a riverfront promenade and festivals.

Reasons to visit

  • Capitol Theater
  • Duesseldorf-Hafen
  • Rhine Tower
Known for Shopping, Sport and Business
Known as Westphalia’s green metropolis, this thriving city in western Germany is similarly renowned for its fine breweries and fashionable soccer club.

Reasons to visit

  • Dortmund Concert Hall
  • Westenhellweg Street
  • Westfalenpark Dortmund
Bonn Marketplace featuring night scenes
Known for Business, Historical and Museum
Discover the musical and historic heritage of this former capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Reasons to visit

  • Museumsmeile
  • Beethoven House
  • University of Bonn
Muenster showing outdoor eating and heritage elements as well as a small group of people
Known for Historical, Biking and Castle
Wander through pretty botanical gardens, admire magnificent palaces and visit a beautiful man-made lake and nearby zoo in this historic German city.

Reasons to visit

  • Münster Castle
  • Münster Botanical Garden
  • Münster Cathedral
Known for Shopping, Business and Theatre
A city in the heart of the Ruhr region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Essen is one of the largest cities in Germany and the 2010 European Capital of Culture.

Reasons to visit

  • Zollverein Coal Mine World Heritage Site
  • German Mining Museum