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 in Germany.

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.

Towns, Cities and Culture

City trips

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.

Industrial culture

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.

Nature and Active


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.

Barrier-free Travel

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.



Tourismus NRW e.V.

Völklinger Straße 4
40219 Düsseldorf

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


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