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Welcome to North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia: a travel destination throughout the entire year

Whether business travelers, families, young singles and couples or best agers – North Rhine-Westphalia has the right offer for every taste.

Culture is everywhere in North Rhine-Westphalia, with world-class museums rubbing shoulders with the host of smaller exhibition venues that can be found in every corner of the state. Some 900 museums offer fascinating and often surprising discoveries all year round, attracting 15 million visitors every year. Visitors to the five UNESCO World Heritage Sites will be impressed by their breathtaking beauty, artistic heritage and sheer size.

You are an active vacationer and nature lover? For sure you’ll get your money’s worth right here. Excellent hiking trails and about 14.000 kilometers of well-prepared cycle tracks are awaiting you to lead you through dreamlike sceneries and green meadows, to industrial culture castles and regional history. Apart from the diverse range of cultural and sporting activities available, North Rhine-Westphalia offers enjoyable traditions like carnival as well as a great variety of shopping opportunities. Tiny cult boutiques, huge shopping centres and famous promenades offer you the chance for a leisurely stroll or serious shopping tours. In the seclusion of rural areas, you can recharge your batteries and step back from the stresses of daily life.

Whether it’s hearty home-cooking in a rustic brewery pub, unusual and inspiring cuisine or an exquisite meal in a Michelin-starred restaurant – when it comes to food and drink, North Rhine-Westphalia has something to suit every taste. The various towns, cities and regions have their own local specialities that reflect the character of their particular region.

About: Tourismus NRW e.V.

Tourismus NRW e.V. was founded in 1997 on the initiative of the responsible state ministry to serve as an umbrella organisation for the tourist industry in North Rhine-Westphalia, and thus stands as a coordinator between you as a tour operator and NRW’s tourist regions. Based in Düsseldorf, the association’s key objectives also include ensuring that tourism is profiled as an economic factor, optimising the environment for tourism marketing and promoting tourism cooperation within North Rhine-Westphalia.


Those are the brands of Tourismus NRW e.V.:

Your North Rhine-Westphalia CITIES - your flair.
The shopping landscape ranges from busy alleys and squares of historical town and city centres up to huge and modern shopping malls – the choice is yours.

Your North Rhine-Westphalia CULINARY - your delight.
North Rhine-Westphalia is diverse – also from a culinary point of view. Whether down-to-earth in the traditional brewhouses , unusual and inspiring cuisine or star catering trade: The culinary offer in North Rhine-Westphalia is limitless and leaves nothing to be desired.

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. Those setting off by bicycle or on foot will be rewarded on the varied tours with very special insights.

Your North Rhine-Westphalia NATURE - your nature experience.
North Rine-Westphalia is greener than you might expect. Far more than half of the state is covered by forests, rivers, fields and meadows. The National Park and 12 nature parks invite visitors to discover the green side of the state close up and personally.

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.

Your North Rhine-Westphalia CULTURE - your discovery.
Cologne Cathedral, Aachen Cathedral, Schloss Augustusburg, Zeche Zollverein and Corvey – five UNESCO World Heritage Sites and more than 900 museums lend splendor to North Rhine-Westphalia.

Your North Rhine-Westphalia BUSINESS - your success.
Meetings open-air, congresses in imposing industrial monuments or in the convent or seminary on the piste – whatever you are planning, North Rine-Westphalia is always a great choice.

We hope you’ll have a great time on your discovery tour on

Cultural Highlights

UNSECO World Heritage Sites
There are five gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Sites to discover in North Rine-Westphalia: Cologne Cathedral, Aachen Cathedral, the Brühl Palaces, Zeche Zollverein and Corvey.

Arts and Architecture
If you are interested in art North Rine-Westphalia is the first to be on your list as there are top museums such as Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Museum Folkwang in Essen or the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn. You are fond of architecture? You will be amazed by the landmarks large builders and visionary architects have left throughout the country.

Palaces, Castles and Gardens
Impressive castles 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. Many of those historic buildings are open to the public today. Gardens of baroque castles, modern scenery parks and wild industrial nature invites you for walking and strolling around.

Industrial Culture
No other German state has such an abundance and variety of industrial monuments. On a circuit of 400 kilometers the route of Industrial Culture links sites from 150 years of industrial history in the Ruhr region. The highlights include the Gasometer in Oberhausen and Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage but there is far more to discover.

Festivals in North Rine-Westphalia are ever-present, international and up to date. Music, theater and literature are celebrated in an unconventional and straightforward manner.

Health, Active and Nature

Whether it’s untouched forests, jagged low mountain range ridges or romantic riverscapes and pasture landscapes: North Rhine-Westphalia is pure nature. The country is greener than you might expect it to be as there are woods, rivers, grassland and fields enough and to spare. Especially the national park and the nature parcs invite you to get to know the green site of North Rine-Westphalia.

Whether on foot, by bike or on skis: discover your zest for life in North Rine Westphalia. It’s the cycling federal state number one in Germany and offers a 14.000 kilometers long network of various cycle routes with cycling pleasure to suit everybody’s taste. The bed-and-bike accomodations along the way makes it easy for you to find a suitable place to recover at night. Hikers in North Rhine-Westphalia have quality beneath their feet as there are numerous excellent hiking trails. The long-distance hiking trails Eifelsteig, Rothaarsteig, Hermannshöhen and Rheinsteig belong to the “Top Trails of Germany”.

North Rhine-Westphalia has more than 30 spas and health resorts offering holidaymakers the chance to find them selves. In the seclusion of rural areas, guests can unwind, recharge their batteries and step back from the stresses of daily life. Experienced specialists are on hand to advise on preventive health measures or improving fitness. Whether bathing in hot springs or enjoying an energetic hike in the Teutoburg Forest, taking mud baths, visiting the salt cave or taking a walk in the fresh air in Sauerland, guests will find their personal well-being boosted.


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 worlds economies come together. Several DAX companies are headquartered here, over 70 universities offer outstanding research and teaching programmes and about a 100 international trade fairs are held at the trade fair centres in Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dortmund and Essen every year. Business partners come together in over 40 congress centres, in more than 500 conference hotels and in numerous events locations across the state. Thanks to the central location and the good international transport connections you will reach your destination in no time.

Conference planner for North Rhine-Westphalia
The conference planner for North Rhine-Westphalia provides the most important information for holding conferences in North Rine-Westphalias cities, rural regions or at an outstanding location. In addition to information on high-quality conference sites, congress and event 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.

Barrier-free Travel

Barrier-free through North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia has a lot in store for everyone including wheelchair users, people with limited mobility and for the hearing and visually impaired as well! Holidays and trips without having to worry about everyday obstacles are possible in many places as you can explore barrier-free museums, restaurants, hotels, tourist information and hiking trails with special offers all over the country. Catch up on our barrier-free offers on

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 imposant common beech ixed forests and the popular viewpoints of the Kermeter. All facilities such as 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.

Art and Culture in Rhein-Erft County
At the gates of Cologne you can find many attractive offers for people with reduced mobility, visual and hearing impairments. The Medio Rhein-Erft Bergheim allows hearing impaired people an unforgettable night at an comedy or cabaret event with the support of mobile induction loops. The facilities of Max-Ernst-Museum in Brühl are easily accessible for disabled guests and there are interesting workshops in artistry für people with visual impairments as well as guided tours with german sign language interpreters.,

Group Offers

Group rates are gladly submitted to you directly from our regions. Contact details can be found under the heading " Miscellaneous".


Here you will find selected highlights and contact details in the North Rhine-Westphalian travel areas:

Bergisches Land
Altenberger Cathedral in Odenthal, Paper Mill Dombach by Bergisch Gladbach, Flowstonecave Wiehl, Dhünn-Dam

Contact: Naturarena Bergisches Land GmbH
Phone.: +49 (0) 22 66 / 46 33 70
Fax: +49 (0) 22 66 / 46 33 737

Beethoven Haus, Drachenfels on Siebengebirge hills, Poppelsdorf Schloss (Schloss Clemensruh) in Bonn, Museum Mile, Old Town Hall

Contact: Tourismus & Congress GmbH
Phone: +49 (0) 2 28 / 91 04 10
Fax: +49 (0) 2 28/ 91 04 111

The Bergisch Three
Müngstener Bridge, Wuppertaler Suspension Railway, Schloss Burg, Klingenmuseum in Solingen, Deutsches Röntgen-Museum in Remscheid

Contact: Bergisches Land Tourismus Marketing e.V.
Phone.: +49 (0)212/ 88 16 06 65
Fax: +49 (0)212/ 88 16 06 66

Düsseldorf and Kreis Mettmann
Königsallee, Art Collection North Rine-Westphalia, Benrath Palace, Medienhafen, Neanderthal-Museum in Mettmann

Contact: Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
Phone.: +49 (0) 211 / 17 20 20
Fax: +49 (0) 211 / 17 20 23 230

Contact: neanderland/Kreis Mettmann
Phone: +49 (0) 21 04 / 99 11 99
Fax: +49 (0) 21 04 / 99 50 49

Eifel and Aachen
Aachen Cathedral, Carolus Thermen Bad Aachen, Eifel, Rotes Haus in Monschau, Rurtalsperre

Contact: Eifel Tourismus (ET) Gesellschaft mbH
Phone: +49 (0) 65 51 / 96 56 0
Fax: +49 (0) 65 51 / 96 56 96

Contact: aachen tourist service e.V.
Phone: +49 (0) 241 / 1 80 29 02
Fax: +49 (0) 241 / 1 80 29 30

Köln and Rhine-Erft County
Cologne Cathedral,Chocolade Museum, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Brühl Palaces Augustusburg and Falkenlust, Rhenish Brown Coal Field

Contact: KölnTourismus GmbH
Phone: +49 (0) 2 21 / 34 64 30
Fax: +49 (0) 2 21 / 34 64 35 94 29

Contact: Rhein-Erft Tourismus e.V.
Phone: +49 (0) 22 71 / 99 49 940
Fax: +49 (0) 22 71 / 99 49 953

Moated Castle Nordkirchen, Prinzipalmarket with Old Town Hall Münster, Burg Hülshoff in Havixbeck, 100 Castles and Palaces Route

Contact: Münsterland e.V.
Phone: +49 (0) 25 71 / 94 93 92
Fax: +49 (0) 25 71 / 94 93 99

Contact: Münster Marketing
Phone: +49 (0) 2 51 / 4 92 27 10
Fax: +49 (0) 2 51 / 4 92 77 43

Lower Rhine
Archaeological Park Xanten, Moyland Palace in Bedburg-Hau, Selfkantbahn, Insel Hombroich Museum, Moated Castle Dyck

Contact: Niederrhein Tourismus GmbH
Phone: +49 (0) 21 62 / 81 79 03
Fax: +49 (0) 21 62 / 81 79 180

Ruhr Metropolis
Zollverein UNSECO World Heritage Site in Essen, Gasometer in Oberhausen, Planetarium in Bochum, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, Dortmunder U

Contact: Ruhr Tourismus GmbH
Phone: +49 (0) 208 / 89 95 90
Fax: +49 (0) 208 / 89 95 91 88

Atta Cave Attendorn, Biggesea Dam, Historic City Center Soest, Burg Altena, Wintersports-Arena Sauerland

Contact: Sauerland – Tourismus e.V.
Phone: + 49 (0) 29 74 / 96 98 0
Fax: +49 (0) 29 74 / 96 98 33

Berleburg Castle, Historic City Center in Freudenberg, Wittgenstein Palace, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Rothaarsteig

Contact: Touristikverband Siegerland-Wittgenstein e.V.
Phone: +49 (0) 2 71 / 33 31 020
Fax: +49 (0) 271 / 33 31 029

Teutoburger Wald
Hermannsdenkmal, Externsteine, Wewelsburg, Burg Sparrenberg Bielefeld, LWL-Freilichtmuseum Detmold

Contact: OstWestfalenLippe GmbH
Teutoburger Wald Tourismus
Phone: +49 (0) 521 / 96 73 325
Fax: +49 (0) 521 / 96 73 319


Tourismus NRW e.V.

Völklinger Straße 4
40219 Düsseldorf

Phone +49 (0) 211 91 320 -500
Fax +49 (0) 211 91 320 -555


Your route to North Rhine-Westphalia

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