Sanaa-Gebäude, Unesco-Welterbe Zollverein , © Danny Giessner, Wahlheimat.Ruhr

Ar­chi­tec­ture in North Rhine-West­phalia

Great mas­ter build­ers and vis­ion­ary ar­chi­tects

North Rhine-West­pah­lia is a real para­dise for fans of ar­chi­tec­ture and pho­to­graph­ers alike. Well-known ar­chi­tects such as Frank Gehry, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Lud­wig Mies van der Rohe or Balthas­ar Neu­mann have all left their traces here, and en­riched the cit­ies in the fed­er­al state with their some­times ex­tra­vag­ant, some­times min­im­al­ist­ic, some­times lav­ish build­ings. Come and ad­mire the Baroque mas­ter build­ings, clas­sic­al spa ar­chi­tec­ture and fu­tur­ist­ic con­tem­por­ary struc­tures!


With its clas­sic­al-style beauty, the Elis­en­brunnen pump room in Aachen is an ar­chi-tec­tur­al high­light in the im­per­i­al city. Its wa­ter from the “Kais­er­quelle” im­per­i­al spring is said to have heal­ing prop­er­ties.

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Holy steps

The Hei­lige Stiege (holy steps) on the Kreuzberg hill in Bonn are not only a pil­grim­age site, but also a late Baroque work of art. In all its finery, they are a re­mind­er of the Pas­sion of Christ

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Mu­siktheat­er im Re­vi­er

Yves Klein and oth­er well-known artists de­signed the Mu­siktheat­er im Re­vi­er (“mu­sic­al theatre in the coal dis­trict”), a place where art and ar­chi­tec­ture merge in­to an im­press­ive whole.

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In the high pop­u­la­tion cit­ies, which at that time were un­der­go­ing a peri­od of ex­pan­sion, the Bauhaus concept and its pre­lim­in­ary and branch move­ments, as well as the de­vel­op­ments that came after it, made a stronger im­pact on ar­chi­tec­ture and urb­an build­ing than in al­most any oth­er fed­er­al state in Ger­many.

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