Abtei Marienmünster, Teutoburger Wald, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

High­lights 2022

Mu­seums, mu­sic­al, and trade fair premi­eres

This year, NRW is going to provide some new cycle routes to regional specialties and historical towns, along with some anniversary celebrations at a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a world-class museum, and premieres of a musical and a knife trade fair at the Deutsches Klingenmuseum.

Evening atmosphere near Bosseborn in the district of Höxter, © K. Krajewski / Kulturland Kreis Höxter

On the road

Dis­cov­ery tour by bike

Cycling to regional specialties 

Fish freshly fished from the river, potatoes and chicory grown on an organic farm, or ham, honey, and beer are some of the highlights along the four new cycle routes of about 50 kilometres each that cross the district of Höxter, also known as the larder of the Teutoburg Forest. The “Fischers Fritze”, “Bio-Börde”, “Feine Früchte”, and “Wildes Westfalen” circular routes link regional delicacies while giving cyclists the opportunity of exploring the region with forests, meadows, and historical villages. The route passes some other sights as well, including castles and parks, such as Abtei Marienmünster, Schloss Rheder, and the Gräflicher Park Bad Driburg.

A Hanseatic cycle path to commemorate the historic alliance of cities 

The new German-Dutch Hanseatic cycle path connecting the Hanseatic cities on the Rhine and IJssel on a total distance of 450 kilometres refers to the historic Hanseatic League.

The route from Neuss via Wesel, Kalkar, and Emmerich crosses the border to Nijmegen and leads on to Harderwijk in eight stages. Cyclists can also explore the hinterland of the various Hanseatic cities on a number of circular routes to supplement this experience.

Forests, fields, and wild horses

This new cycle route of 280 kilometres leads once around the Naturpark Hohe Mark with its forests, fields, heath, and moorland under the motto of “Deine Extraspur Natur” (“Your extra track through nature”). The nature park more than 1000 square kilometres in size covers the area between the Lower Rhine, the Ruhr, and the Münsterland, offering not only an amazing landscape and rare animals, such as the Dülmen wild horse, but also some historical buildings to enjoy.

Essen is inviting to the world’s first mixed-reality town tour

This April, Essen is launching the world’s first mixed-reality town tour. In contrast to virtual reality, the real environment will remain visible, but supplemented by virtual experiences in specific locations. German celebrities are accompanying the roughly two-hour-long time travel through the city in the Ruhr region, set back in 1887. Actor Henning Baum guides through the town history and the day on which industrial magnate Alfred Krupp was buried as a pub owner. Star cook Nelson Müller, Alicja Rosinski, the rap duo 257ers, and entertainer Harry Wijnvoord also appear as life-sized holograms. 

A new skywalk is beckoning with a view of the Sauerland

Next to the world’s biggest large hill, drawing tens of thousands of ski jumping enthusiasts in winter, the world’s longest suspended pedestrian bridge is to be built in Willingen, in the Sauerland, by autumn 2022. At a length of 665 metres and a width of 1.30 metres, the Skywalk, connecting the internationally renowned Mühlenkopfschanze to the Musenberg across Willingen’s Stryck quarter, is to be able to carry up to 700 persons at the same time.

Unesco World Heritage Corvey in Höxter, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Let’s cel­eb­rate!

An­niversar­ies and premi­eres

1200 years of Höxter-Corvey 

Back on 25 September 822, Benedictine monks from Corbie in western France laid the cornerstone for a building ensemble that draws people to the Weserbogen near Höxter even now, almost 1200 years later. The original monastery has since turned into an extensive baroque palace complex with premises that are open to visitors. A magnificent imperial hall, historical state rooms and living quarters from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as a princely library with 75,000 books are just some of its attractions. Its highlight is the Carolingian Westwerk, where rulers used to attend church services. It is what has given Corvey its title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Concerts, church services, and guided tours of the town are going to mark the anniversary starting in September 2022.

The art of blades in Solingen

Solingen has become known as the “City of Blades” and is considered the centre of the German cutlery and flatware industry even today. Historical examples of the craft are exhibited in the Deutsches Klingenmuseum with its internationally relevant collection of cutlery, swords, and cutting tools through all eras and cultures. The first edition of a new trade fair supplements the historical pieces by evidence of cutting-edge craftsmanship as the Klingenmuseum is about to host the Klingenmesse Knife at the Theater und Konzerthaus Solingen on 14 and 15 May 2022, exhibiting handmade one-of-a-kind pieces of international knifemaking art as well as high-quality products from the knife industry.

The musical Moulin Rouge is coming to Cologne

Cologne is looking forward to a musical premiere in the German language, as the stage version of the musical film “Moulin Rouge” is about to be performed in the Cologne Musical Dome starting in the autumn of 2022. The multi-award-winning Broadway musical is going to bring turn-of-the-century Paris to the Rhine. Advance booking for this modern production with music from more than 160 years of pop history from Offenbach to Lady Gaga is due to commence soon.

Museum Folkwang Essen, © @andyhendrata

Art and cul­ture

Spe­cial ex­hib­i­tions

Renoir, Monet, and Gaugin in Essen

The Folkwang Museum in Essen celebrates its centennial with the great Impressionist exhibition “Renoir, Monet, Gauguin. Images of a Flowing World” next year, displaying the museum’s own collection of Late Impressionism in dialogue with exhibits of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo from 6 February to 15 May 2022. The paintings “In the Boat” by Claude Monet and “Stormy Sea” by Edouard Manet are going to be shown as part of a list that also contains names such as Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Auguste Rodin, Christian Rohlfs, Henry van de Velde, and Vincent van Gogh. Using about 120 works as its basis, the exhibition will illustrate the development of Impressionism from an art movement subject to initial criticism into a style now considered the birth of modern art. The Museum Folkwang is one of the most renowned art museums in Germany.

Newly opened Schloss Cappenberg is celebrating Barbarossa

Two major special exhibitions are held in NRW to mark the 900th birthday of Frederick I, called “Barbarossa”: The Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe is presenting a broad cultural-historical overview of the age of the Staufer emperor at the Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster and at Schloss Cappenberg in the district of Unna.

The vibrant figure of emperor “Redbeard” is going to be at the focus in Münster from October 2022 to February 2023. An exhibition dedicated to the historical site will be hosted at Schloss Cappenberg, finally reopening in 2022 after a five-year period of renovations starting in September already. Once a monastery, this building numbers among the most important examples of Westphalian baroque monastic architecture. It has undergone extensive internal and external renovations. As the residence of Baron vom Stein in his retirement, it houses not only the monastery’s medieval documents but also the written legacy of this Prussian reformer.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude in Düsseldorf

The exhibition at the Kunstpalast follows the art-historical development of Christo and Jeanne-Claude from the mid-1950s to this day, putting their early artistic work in France in the context of their contemporaries’ works. From 7 September 2022 to 22 January 2023, paintings and objects by Arman, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, and several others will be exhibited together with works by Christo.

This project is the last exhibition Christo agreed to in the time just preceding his death in May 2020.

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