You surely have heard of the local flood damage in some regions of North Rhine-Westphalia. Nevertheless, virtually all parts of the state suffer no restrictions for holiday and travels. The few municipalities in the state’s South-West where you cannot engage in any tourism activities can be found here. Apart from this, travelling to and from as well as within NRW generally certainly remains possible.
The summer isn’t over yet, and you are still looking for a bit of inspiration? No matter if it’s new paths or beloved highlights, whether on foot or by bike: if you are looking for holiday ideas, our current secret advice for outdoor adventures may be a good inspiration for you.
Discovering new things by bike
Palaces, urban art & industrial culture
New gravel bike tours in the Sauerland
Experiencing nature, narrow trails, and gravel paths away from the busy streets characterise the mix of the new gravel bike tours in the Sauerland: The Bike Arena Sauerland has seven different routes leading rapidly around bends before continuing on through the forest and meadow landscape in perfect relaxation and then starting into the next climb. It’s ideal for multiple-day adventures or a day trip full of experiences.
From castle to castle in the Münsterland
Are you ready to escape from everyday life and discover historical architecture, traditional brewery craft, and other regional delights by bike? New short bicycle holiday packages in the form of day and week tours offer numerous opportunities for a brief escape from everyday life along the 100-castles-route in the Münsterland. The two-day tour “Schlösser vor grüner Kulisse” (Castles against a green backdrop), for example leads past lesser-known highlights such as the Kulturgut Haus Nottbeck, the Liesborn abbey, the Rittergut Heerfeld, and Schloss Hovestadt castle.
Urban art by bike in Cologne
Join us on a Street & Urban Art Tour through Cologne’s art jungle to the highlights of the urban scene or go on an urban photo safari on a tour that connects photogenic sites and unique vantage points. New inner-city bicycle tours in Cologne will take you to the most beautiful corners of town.
Bicycle joy day and night at the Lower Rhine
A tour of exploration at the middle Lower Rhine combines urban destinations with nature and historical walls with modern art. The new six-day “Radlust Niederrhein” round tour starts in Medieval Zons to pass, among other things, Schloss Dyck in Jüchen, Schloss Rheydt in Mönchengladbach, the sculpture collection in Viersen, the Lower-Rhine open-air museum in Grefrath, and the Clemens Sels Museum Neuss, before returning to Zons.
Beuys & Bike
NRW is celebrating the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys with a new bicycle route of about 300 kilometres that leads to a diverse selection of Beuys stations in Kleve, Bedburg-Hau, Duisburg, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf, Neuss, and Leverkusen. From the house where his cradle stood to his first studio or museums featuring important works of his, a bicycle tour here will not only introduce the artist and his art from different perspectives, but also allow an enjoyable time-out in the vast landscape of the Lower Rhine.
Walking on new paths
By foot through NRW
Magical elven path
Winterberg’s Züschen quarter has a new family hiking trail leading into the realm of fairy-tyle creatures. The Elfensteig is all about mystical creatures and figures in interactive hiking fun even for the very youngest family members. Only about four kilometres short, the trail offers nine stations with interactive games and tasks to be explored by anyone who would like to deeply immerse themselves in the mystical world of fairy tales.
Poetry on foot
A recently opened cycling, walking, and hiking trail connects places where poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff used to live and work. The “Lyrikweg” (poetry trail) not only links Burg Hülshoff to Haus Rüschhaus, but also art to nature. Texts, pictures, music, and listening pieces explain how literature, nature, and culture have changed from Droste’s times to now on 20 stations along the roughly seven kilometres long path. An app offers some additional material.
Premium walking path “Märchenspur”
A fairy tale path of about six kilometres around Bad Berleburg introduces the historical old town, Schloss Berleburg castle, and the castle park to children and adults. They can find traces of Rapunzel, the Frog Prince, and the Bremen Town Musicians among the total of six fairy tales to be discovered along the route and collected in a fairy tale quiz. Lucky hikers may even catch a glimpse of a real princess at the castle, where the princely family zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg is living.