The hosts in North Rhine-Westphalia are looking forward to offering you a pleasant and carefree stay during the late summer and autumn weeks: In almost all parts of the state there are no restrictions on holidays and travel. Even if roads in the affected areas are impassable due to local flood damage, arrivals and departures as well as journeys within North Rhine-Westphalia are generally safe.
However, in some municipalities in the south-west of the state that were massively affected by the floods in mid-July, tourist activities must be foregone. These include Erftstadt-Blessem in the distrct Rhein-Erft, Bad Münstereifel city centre and the districts of Arloff and Iversheim, Stolberg (Aachen city region) as well as parts of the district Rhein-Sieg (Swisttal, Rheinbach, Lohmar, Meckenheim). In addition, especially in the district of Euskirchen, obstructions and restrictions must still be expected. The local tourism association provides up-to-date information on its website at nordeifel-tourismus.de about which offers are open.
In all other parts of the country there are no major restrictions for guests. However, some services may be temporarily closed or suspended as a result of the heavy rainfall. This affects, among others, hiking and cycling trails, especially along bodies of water, but also occasionally cultural or recreational facilities.
We therefore recommend that you find out about the current situation at your destination before you travel. It is best to ask your accommodation or the leisure facility you want to visit directly for the current situation - due to increased enquiries at the moment, preferably via internet or e-mail. Many municipalities or local tourism organisations also have up-to-date information on their websites.
Please also note that some railway lines, motorways and other roads may still be closed. For information on train restrictions, call the free hotline 08000-996633. Please note that this number can only be called from Germany.
If you would like to help the people in the regions affected by the storm and flooding, you can do so by making a donation to the "NRW hilft" campaign.
And another urgent request: Please do not travel to particularly affected areas in order not to put yourself and the people on site in unnecessary danger or to avoid hindering the important clean-up work.