North Rhine-Westphalia


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 a church or cathedral, night scenes and a river or creek
Known for Shopping, Cathedrals and Business
Explore the history and folklore of this welcoming city, now a thriving hot spot for the arts and culture.

Reasons to visit

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Alter Markt
  • Chocolate Museum
Known for Shopping, Business and Museums
Beer and bratwurst, museums and culture, world-class architecture, award-winning restaurants and great shopping – this vibrant city has it all!

Reasons to visit

  • Classic Remise Duesseldorf
  • Medienhafen
  • Duesseldorf-Hafen
Bonn Marketplace which includes night scenes
Known for Business, Historical and Museums
Discover the musical and historic heritage of this former capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Reasons to visit

  • University of Bonn
  • Beethoven House
  • Bonn Marketplace
Known for Shopping, Business and Theatres
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
  • Ruhr Museum
  • Red Dot Design Museum
Known for Shopping, Sports 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
  • St. Reinold's Church
  • Museum Ostwall