Aachener Innenstadt im Sommer, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

City trips in NRW

Your flair

From the vibrant metropolises on the Rhine to Münster, Aachen and Wuppertal, the western half of NRW offers endless enticement for city sight-seers. Here you can admire wonders of modern architecture, shop to your heart’s content or stroll through lively old towns. Go wherever your curiosity takes you and discover the cosmopolitan atmosphere of our vibrant and distinctive cities.

Aachen Stadtansicht, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Aachen - Imperial City

Charlemagne had good reason to make Aachen the centre of his empire: the cathedral city, imperial city and spa city inspires visitors with its culture and wellness even today.

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Am alten Rathaus, © Bielefeld Marketing GmbH

Bielefeld - historical city

You can experience history up close in the historic towns in the Teutoburg Forest. Whether it’s Sparrenburg, the cathedral or simply a jazz club – nearly everything here enjoys a long tradition.

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Bonn Panorama Innenstadt, © Michael Sondermann, Bundesstadt Bonn

Bonn - City of Beethoven

Experience the “Romantic Rhine”, visit Beethoven's birthplace or amuse yourself at Pützchens Markt. The former German capital impresses with its natural scenery and cultural activities.

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Zeche Zollverein bei Tag, © Sven Lorenz / Stiftung Zollverein

Essen - City of Culture

Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site, Museum Folkwang, Villa Hügel & more – even after its year as European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010, Essen continues to be a cultural giant in the heart of the Ruhr Area.

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Blick entlang des Rheinufers in Düsseldorf, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH

Düsseldorf - Cultural Metropolis

Düsseldorf, the state capital of NRW, is a centre for fashion and art and wows with cosmopolitan flair. Take a stroll along the Rhine promenade and enjoy the Rhenish lifestyle!

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Rheinpanorama von Köln, © Udo Haake / KölnTourismus GmbH

Cologne - Rhine Metropolis

Cathedral city, city of art, Rhine metropolis: the most populous city in North Rhine-Westphalia scores highly with its cultural flair and idyllic location on the Rhine.

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Blick auf die St. Lambertikirche, © Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

Münster - Cycle City

Whether by bike or on foot, the city of Münster was chosen as the “World’s Most Liveable City” in 2004. See for yourself all that Münster has to offer!

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Schwebebahn Wuppertal, © WSW Wuppertaler Stadtwerke GmbH

Wonderful: Wuppertal!

With a great past towards the future: travel on the famous suspension railway or by bike on the viaducts of the new Nordbahntrasse cycle path towards Utopia-Stadt. The atmosphere in Wuppertal is infectious, with its improvisation talent, creativity and ideas.

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Discover more of the cities of NRW

Duisburg Harbour, © Duisport / Hans Blossey

Discover the west in your next city break

Geschäft Kleidsam Indooransicht Düsseldorf Unterbilk, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Shopping in North Rhine-Westphalia

Shoppen mit Beratung, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Dominik Ketz

Tourist cards in North Rhine-Westphalia