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Bierkranz mit Kölsch, © Ralph Sondermann, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Beer Route


Roadtrip through NRW

Should we call this one of the most ?thirst-quench­ing? reas­ons for travel? The beer route through North Rhine-West­phalia takes you through a vari­ety of loc­a­tion and taste-based beer des­tin­a­tions. But don't for­get: NRW has a lot more culin­ary ex­per­i­ences to of­fer!

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Altbiergenuss in NRW: Köbes mit einem Tablett Altbier in der Düsseldorfer Altstadt, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Oliver Franke

Düs­sel­dorf Air­port to Düs­sel­dorf, the "Home of Alt­bi­er"


0:10 hour by train to Düs­sel­dorf city

Start your trip at Düs­sel­dorf Air­port and tak­ing ad­vant­age of the easy pub­lic trans­port con­nec­tions, (no is­sue with drink driv­ing!) , it?s just a 10 minute ride to the city centre where you start the ?Beer Route?. Dus­sel­dorf?s Old Town is known as the ?the longest bar counter in the world? and where can try the loc­al spe­ci­al­ity, ?Alt­bi­er?! ?Prost? ? as we say in Ger­many! Alt­bi­er is sa­voured by loc­als and vis­it­ors alike. Good to know: this very drink­able dark beer is in­ex­tric­ably linked to Dus­sel­dorf . What?s in a name? ?Altus? is Lat­in for ?high? and refers to the high-rising yeast used to make this de­li­cious, top-fer­ment­ing beer. 

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Kölschglas, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Düs­sel­dorf to Co­logne, the "Home of Kölsch"


1:00 hour by train

From one beer con­nois­seur?s city to an­oth­er: on­ward to Co­logne. Just a half hour?s train jour­ney from Dus­sel­dorf, Co­logne is the home of Kölsch, a dif­fer­ent spe­ci­al­ity loc­al brew to Alt­bi­er. Good to know: For the people of Co­logne, Kölsch is more than just a beer. This pale, top-fer­men­ted brew is firmly em­bed­ded in the city?s cul­ture and ranks along­side Co­logne Cathed­ral as a sym­bol of the city and its sur­round­ing re­gion. In fact the his­tory of Kölsch is al­most as old as that of the cathed­ral! Re­cords of Kölsch brew­er­ies date as far back as the 13th cen­tury. Today, 25 dif­fer­ent Kölsch brands are pro­duced. Some are made in large-scale brew­er­ies whilst oth­ers are pro­duced in tra­di­tion­al mi­cro­brew­er­ies and mostly served in the rus­tic, con­vivi­al at­mo­sphere of an ad­join­ing inn. 

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Frischgezapftes Pils, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Co­logne to Fiege Brew­ery Bo­chum to Düs­sel­dorf Air­port


1:30 hour by train to Bo­chum | 1:15 hour by train to Düs­sel­dorf Air­port

Back to the train: you?re headed to the city of Bo­chum in the Ruhr Area. Pils­ner is what they brew here and you?ll find a vari­ety of the tra­di­tion­al, ori­gin­al Pilsen­er beers of the highest qual­ity, for which North Rhine-West­phalia is known through­out the world. Good to know: this bot­tom-fer­men­ted beer is char­ac­ter­ised by its pale to golden hue and ranks as one of the most pop­u­lar beers in North Rhine-West­phalia. Apart from the well-known brands pro­duced by com­mer­cial brew­er­ies, a large num­ber of mi­cro­brew­er­ies pro­duce their own re­gion­al spe­ci­al­it­ies. Come and sample these tasty beers! They are brewed with pas­sion, fol­low­ing tra­di­tion­al re­cipes. Your beer tour ends here ? we hope it was to your taste!

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Rursee von oben, © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.
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UN­ESCO Route

Bierkranz mit Kölsch, © Ralph Sondermann, Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Ausblick auf Düsseldorfer Rheinufer, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Big met­ro­pol­ises Route

Alter Flecken, Freudenberg in Siegen-Wittgenstein, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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His­tor­ic­al cit­ies Route

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