North Rhine-Westphalia: a travel destination throughout the entire year
Ludwig van Beethoven, Heinrich Heine or Joseph Beuys – the most populous and most densely populated Federal State is at the same time also an important cultural state! North Rhine-Westphalia has produced many artists and is one of the largest cultural regions in Europe. Millions of visitors are attracted to the region every year by the numerous museums, concert halls and events. And there are all of four fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Sites here: Cologne Cathedral, Aachen Cathedral, Schloss Augustusburg and the Zeche Zollverein
Sportspeople as well get their money’s worth in North Rhine-Westphalia: around 14,000 km cycle transport network leads through wonderful landscapes, to industrial culture, castles and regional history. Hikers appreciate the highs and lows of North Rhine-Westphalia in particular; hikers wander through romantic river valleys on medalled routes as well as over the tips of the low mountain range.
Apart from the diverse range of cultural and sporting activities available, North Rhine-Westphalia offers enjoyable traditions like “Karneval” as well as a great deal of shopping opportunities. And those looking for relaxation and peace will find this in the numerous health resorts, thermal baths and in brine and moor mud baths. The culinary delights in North Rhine-Westphalia also leave nothing to be desired: there are two 3-star restaurants at home here, likewise regional specialities, from Aachen Printen (gingerbreads) to Westphalian ham.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Tourismus NRW e.V. hopes you have a great time on your discovery tour on www.tourism-nrw.com .
Your North Rhine-Westphalia ACTIVE – your zest for life.
Those of you wishing to really let off steam can do this in North Rhine-Westphalia in a great variety of ways. For example, there are 13,800 kilometres of cycle tracks in the region. Those setting off by bicycle or on foot will be rewarded on the varied tours with very special insights.
Your North Rhine-Westphalia HEALTH – your vitality.
Hot springs, mud baths or drinking cures – North Rhine-Westphalia is healthy. Spa and health holidays play a very special role here since prevention is combined with recuperation here.
Your North Rhine-Westphalia CITIES – your flair.
Sauntering and shopping is something you can do anywhere, the choice is endless. The shopping landscape ranges from the exuberant inner cities, to busy pedestrian zones up to the alleys and squares of historical town and city centres.
Your North Rhine-Westphalia CULTURE - your discovery.
Cologne Cathedral, Aachen Cathedral, Schloss Augustusburg and Zeche Zollverein – four Unesco World Heritage Sites lend splendor to North Rhine-Westphalia. Added to this are 900 museums.
Your North Rhine-Westphalia CULINARY – your taste.
North Rhine-Westphalia is diverse – also from a culinary point of view. The very different regions have their own specialities.
Your North Rhine-Westphalia EVENTS - your pleasure.
North Rhine-Westphalia is rich in events, such as musicals, christmasmarkets, carnival or big sport events.
Cultural Highlights and City Tours
With over 900 museums North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the most diverse cultural regions in Europe. With their displays the exhibition houses provide deep insights into the fields of art and history, technology and science or environment and nature. Included among the large houses with international charisma are above all art museums, such as the art collection North Rhine-Westphalia with the K20 and K21 ( www.kunstsammlung.de ), the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn ( www.bundeskunsthalle.de ), the Folkwang Museum in Essen ( www.museum-folkwang.de ) as well as Museum Ludwig and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne ( www.museenkoeln.de ).
Palaces and Castles
Impressive castle and palace towers rise up into the sky in all regions of North Rhine-Westphalia and provide impressive evidence of the lifestyles our predecessors led. Yet it wasn’t only dukes, electors or knights who lived in these residences but also strange legendary figures. Many of the structures are open to the public today.
No other region in Germany has so many significant testimonies to industrial history than in North Rhine-Westphalia: a dense network of over 60 industrial museums and visitors‘ mines, almost 200 museums as well as an even greater number of industrial and industrial monuments cover the land. On a circuit of 400 km the route of Industrial Culture ( www.route-industriekultur.de ) links sights from 150 years of industrial history in the Ruhr region. The highlights include the Gasometer in Oberhausen and the landscape park Duisburg-Nord.
Active lifestyle and nature in North Rhine-Westphalia
Whether it’s untouched forests, jagged low mountain range ridges or romantic riverscapes and pasture landscapes: North Rhine-Westphalia is nature pure.
Active participants get their money’s worth, for example cyclists: North Rhine-Westphalia is the number one cycling state in Germany. At present the regional cycle network is around 13,800 kilometers’ long. There are over 60 cycle stations and over 500 “Bed + Bike” businesses ( www.bettundbike.de ) make it especially easy for cyclists to find a suitable place to stay the night. The various cycle routes offer cycling pleasure to suit everybody’s taste:
Ruhrtal cycle route ( www.ruhrtalradweg.de )
100 castles route ( www.100schloesserroute.de )
Wellness cycle route ( www.wellnessradroute.de )
Romans’ route ( www.roemerroute.de )
Paderborn Land Route ( www.paderbornerlandroute.de )
Fietsallee at the North Channel ( www.nordkanal.net )
Furthermore, North Rhine-Westphalia has numerous “excellent hiking trails”. With the Eifelsteig ( www.eifelsteig.de ), the Rothaarsteig ( www.rothaarsteig.de ), the Hermannshöhen ( www.hermannshoehen.de ) and the Rheinsteig ( www.rheinsteig.de ) as many as four of ten long-distance hiking trails belong to the “Top Trails of Germany”.
Seven hiking trails in North Rhine-Westphalia were chosen by Deutsches Wanderinstitut and awarded the hiker’s seal for premium trails: Eifelsteig, Rheinsteig, Rothaarsteig, Bödefelder Hollenpfad, Geologischer Rundweg Düdinghausen, Via Adrina and Wittgensteiner Schieferpfad.
Regions in North Rhine-Westphalia
Altenberg Cathedral in Odenthal, Paper Mill Alte Dombach near Bergisch Gladbach, Stalactite Cave Wiehl, Dhünn Dam, “Bonte Kerken” (colourful churches)
Beethoven House, Drachenfels in Siebengebirge, Poppelsdorf Schloss (Schloss Clemensruh) in Bonn, Museum Mile, Old Town Hall
Die Bergischen Drei
Müngstener Bridge, Wuppertal Cable Railway, Schloss Burg, Knive museum in Solingen, German Röntgen-Museum im Remscheid
Düsseldorf and Kreis Mettmann
Königsallee, art axis with art collection North Rhine-Westphalia, Schloss Benrath, Media Harbour, Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann
Eifel and Aachen
Aachen Cathedral, Carolus Thermal bath Bad Aachen, national park Eifel, Red House in Monschau, Rur dam
Cologne and Rhein-Erft-Kreis
Cologne Cathedral, Chocolate Museum, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Schloss Augustusburg in Brühl, Rhenish Lignite Mining Region
Moated Castle Nordkirchen, Prinzipalmarkt with Town Hall Münster, Landgestüt Warendorf, Burg Hülshoff in Havixbeck, 100 Palaces Route
Archeological Park Xanten, Schloss Moyland in Bedburg-Hau, Selfkant Railway, Museum Insel Hombroich, Moated Castle Dyck
Zeche Zollverein in Essen, Gasometer in Oberhausen, Planetarium in Bochum, Landscape park Duisburg-Nord, Dortmunder U
Atta Cave Attendorn, Biggesee Dam, Historical city centre Soest, Burg Altena, Wintersport arena Sauerland
Schloss Berleburg, “Alter Flecken” in Freudenberg, Schloss Wittgenstein, Museum of Contempory Art Siegen, Rothaarsteig
Hermann Monument, Extern Stones, Wewelsburg, Burg Sparrenberg Bielefeld, LWL-Open Air Museum Detmold
Barrier-free through North Rhine-Westphalia
Aachen offers guided tours for the blind
People with visual impairments can go on a special city tour in Aachen: a audio city guide provides not only interesting facts about the most important sights the city has to offer but also gives information on dangerous situations in road traffic and warns in good time when stairs, kerbs and uneven ground is approaching.
As of now people with reduced mobility can find out in detail about the accessibility of facilities relevant to tourists in Düsseldorf with a new brochure. The brochure summarises information on hotels, arriving and departing, on restaurants in the area of the old town and the Media Harbour as well as on the accessibility of cultural institutions and sights. Moreover, it also gives tips on where to go for a relaxing shopping spree.
Barrier-free through the National Park Eifel
The wild Kermeter in the National Park Eifel comprises a barrier-free route network of 4.7 km in length. The finely gravelled routes open up paths to the important common beech mixed forests and the popular viewpoints of the Kermeter. All facilities like the car park, bus stop and toilets are barrier free for people in wheelchairs. Benches placed at regular intervals and four sensory relaxation places with quotation boards offer numerous possibilities to rest. In addition the information on site is shown in Braille and raised capitals or acoustically prepared.
North Rhine-Westphalia – the best address for trade fairs and conventions
North Rhine-Westphalia is an ideal location for conferences, trade fairs and congresses. The most heavily populated German state is a place where the world’s economies comes together. Nine DAX companies are headquartered here, over 70 universities offer outstanding research and teaching programmes, and around 100 international trade fairs are held at the trade fair centres in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Essen every year. Thanks to the central location and the good international transport connections, you will reach your destination in no time. The state’s six airports, 2,200 kilometres of motorway, and extensive train and bus network connect North Rhine-Westphalia with the world. Business partners come together in over 40 congress centres, in more than 500 conference hotels and in numerous events locations across the state.
Conference planner for NRW
The conference planner for North Rhine-Westphalia provides all the most important information for holding conferences in NRW’s cities, rural regions or at one of its more unusual locations. In addition to information on high-quality conference sites, congress and events centres, conference hotels and events locations, the conference planner also offers numerous convenient services: the opportunity to directly and simultaneously request information from multiple providers, an overview of the available conference packages and conference rooms, image and video material of the event locations as well as tips for ensuring a successful supporting programme.
You will find further information at www.dein-nrw.de/business
Whether it is the thrill experience at the huge fairground or enjoying art in first class exhibitions, whether it is romance at spectacular firework displays or excitement at sporting events – great events take place in North Rhine-Westphalia.
You’ll find more highlights on the internet: www.nrw-tourism.com.
19.01.-27.01.2013 – Water sports show “boot” in Düsseldorf
07.02.13.02.2013 – “Karneval”
22.03.-04.08.2013 – Exhibition “On the trail of the Iroquois” in Bonn
06.03.–16.03.2012 – Literature festival “lit.Cologne”
19.04.-22.04.2013 – Art Cologne
24.04.-28.04.2013 – European Media Art Festival
04.05.2013 – Rhine in Flames in Bonn
17.05.–20.05.2013 – Dirt Masters Freeride Festival in Winterberg
25.05.2013 – Japanday in Düsseldorf
10.06.-16.06.2013 – Tennis tournament Gerry Weber Open in Halle
21.06.–30.06.2013 – CHIO World Festival of Equestrian Sport in Aachen
22.06.-07.07.2013 - Christopher Street Day und Cologne Pride
06.07.2013 - Extraschicht – Night of Industrial Culture
12.07.–21.07.2013 – Largest funfair on the Rhine in Düsseldorf
13.07.2013 – Cologne Lights
01.08.–11.08.2013 – Cranger Kirmes in Herne
22.08.–25.08.2013 – Tournament of winners in Münster (equestrian sport)
24.08.2013 – Germany’s largest civilian shooting match in Neuss
06.09.–15.10.2013 – Beethoven Festival Bonn
Cologne Comedy Festival
06.11.–10.11.2013 – Soest Old Saints Funfair
22.11.–23.12.2013 – Aachen Christmas market
FIS cross-country skiing Worldcup in Düsseldorf
North Rhine-Westphalia is easy to reach from everywhere; regardless of whether you are arriving by rail, car or plane.