Welcome to North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia: a travel destination all year round
North Rhine-Westphalia is situated in the west of Germany, bordering Belgium and the Netherlands, and is one of the most popular destinations for short breaks, with around 51.5 million overnight stays in 2017.
Six airports, 2,200 km of motorways, 18,000 km of A-roads and country roads and over 700 railway stations provide an excellent transport infrastructure, enabling visitors to reach NRW in a maximum of three hours from all major European cities.
NRW also can’t be beaten when it comes to culture. As well as museums, concert halls, theatres and palaces, parks and gardens, visitors can above all look forward to the charm of industrial culture and five magnificent UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in NRW.
Active holidaymakers and nature lovers also won’t be disappointed. On marked hiking trails such as the Rheinsteig and Rothaarsteig, and along 14,000 kilometres of cycle paths, visitors will pass through wonderful landscapes and green water meadows. Anyone looking for peace and relaxation will find what they’re looking for in numerous health spas and spa resorts, brine and moor baths.
NRW is also a real paradise when it comes to shopping. As well as the famous Königsallee in Düsseldorf, the Schildergasse in Cologne and the CentrO in Oberhausen, the elegant shopping districts and attractive old town centre streets are also a particular magnet for visitors.
About Tourismus NRW e.V.
Tourismus NRW e.V. is the tourist umbrella organisation for North Rhine-Westphalia, based in Düsseldorf. It is the competence centre for tourism in the state, and sets strategic impulses for tourism in NRW. The main goals of the organisation include providing advice and promoting innovation among its members in all areas of tourism, profiling tourism as a business factor, optimising the framework conditions for tourism marketing and promoting tourism cooperation in NRW.
High-quality cultural offers, interesting architecture and countless shopping opportunities, coupled with incomparable food and drink experiences all make North Rhine-Westphalia stand out as a travel destination.
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site
In North Rhine-Westphalia, you can explore five magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites all in one: Cologne Cathedral, Aachen Cathedral, Schloss Augustusburg palace with the Jagdschloss Falkenlust hunting lodge, the Zeche Zollverein colliery in Essen and - new among the ranks of World Heritage Sites - Schloss Corvey palace in Höxter.
Art Museums and architecture
Art lovers will always find something worth seeing in the top-class museums of NRW, from the Museum Ludwig in Cologne to the Museum Folkwang in Essen. Here, high-quality exhibitions show contemporary art as well as works of art from years gone by. Fans of architecture will find a varied mix, with major master builders and visionary architects leaving their footprints behind throughout the state.
Palaces and gardens
Right through NRW, themed routes lead visitors to the gardens of baroque palaces, modern landscape parks and wild industrial nature. Unusual park grounds, from the pink Schloss Benrath palace to the rusty-orange Duisburg-Nord landscape park, invite visitors to stroll through, as well as make exciting discoveries.
The industrial heritage of North Rhine-Westphalia is huge; no other federal state in Germany has such a large number, and such diversity, of industrial monuments. Exciting themed routes lead visitors right through the state, to collieries, gasometers, coking plants, furnaces and production sites, as well as to the Zeche Zollverein colliery, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
North Rhine-Westphalia as a music festival location
In NRW, you can enjoy an artistic experience right up close. Here, music, theatre and literature is celebrated - in anunconventional, uncomplicated way. The festivals in NRW are global and rooted in their origins at the same time, keeping up with the times, and yet also aware of tradition. Experience exciting productions, emotional moments and inspiring interpretations, such as at the Ruhrtriennale or the Beethovenfest in Bonn.
Shopping fun in the towns and cities of NRW
With their luxurious boulevards, busy passenger zones, modern passages, fashionable districts featuring small boutiques and huge shopping centres, both the major cities and smaller towns of North Rhine-Westphalia are ideal locations for going for a stroll, exploring your surroundings and enjoying an excellent shopping experience. The federal state is also home to a multitude of outlets offering excellent quality at a low price.
From unspoilt forests and jagged hill ridges to romantic river and water meadow landscapes, North Rhine-Westphalia offers a pure nature experience, and is greener than many people think. Far more than half the state is covered by forests, rivers, meadows and fields. The Eifel national park specifically, as well as 12 nature parks, invite visitors to experience the green side of North Rhine-Westphalia in person, right up close.
You’ll find opportunities for rest and active relaxation on every corner. You can choose from around 14,000 kilometres of cycle paths, over 50,000 kilometres of well-maintained hiking routes - many of them classified as premium or top routes - and the most important winter sports area north of the Alps. Cycle past 100 palaces through Münsterland, enjoy the view over glittering lakes in the Sauerland region, or conquer the most frequently climbed mountain in the world, the Drachenfels (“Dragon’s Rock”) near Bonn.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, you’ll find the ideal combination of peace, relaxation and health. As well as health and wellness holidays, spa pools and natural remedies have a positive impact on the body, and bring new energy for everyday life. Whether in the Teutoburger Wald forest, the Sauerland region or the rest of NRW - you can’t go wrong with a health holiday in NRW.
Travel for all in North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia is open to all! Here, holidays and day trips are barrier-free in many locations, with barrier-free access to museums, restaurants, hotels or tourist information offices throughout the state. Our barrier-free travel tips, as well as an overview of barrier-free offer providers, will help you find the right destination.
Here you will find selected highlights and contact details in the North Rhine-Westphalian travel areas:
Altenberger Cathedral in Odenthal, Paper Mill Dombach by Bergisch Gladbach, Flowstonecave Wiehl, Dhünn-Dam
Contact: Naturarena Bergisches Land GmbH
Phone.: +49 (0) 22 04 / 8430 00
Fax: +49 (0) 22 04 / 8430 05
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
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
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
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
Your route to North Rhine-Westphalia
North Rhine-Westphalia is easy to reach from everywhere, regardless of whether you are arriving by train, car or plane.
- Six international and regional airports (Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Cologne/Bonn, Munster/Osnabruck, Paderborn/Lippstadt and Weeze) link North Rhine-Westphalia with the entire world.
- Go by train and use the 6.000 kilometer long railroad system and over 39 IC/EC/ICE railway stations.
- Reach us by bus or by car on 2.200 kilometers of motorways and 5.100 kilometers of national highways. The traffic information service will guarantee a stress-free journey. Or you simply take your car and get on the car train.
- Take your bicycle and travel around on our 13.800 kilometer long-distance cycle routes.