Whether it's a river, lake or dam - we are magically drawn to water. In NRW, there are not only many beautiful places to sit by the water and send your thoughts on a journey, but also various opportunities to actually set sail.
Unusual reservoirs and outdoor pools
Just relax, jump into the cool water every so often and just chill out. In summer, bathing lakes are simply unbeatable when it comes to escaping the heat.
Action on the water
Water ski, wakeboard, stand-up paddle, inflatable boat, or canoe: the rivers and lakes in NRW offer water sports for any mood and taste, be it rapid or calm, with many views or extraordinary energy. One option is blobbing at lake Biggesee.
River Cycle Paths
Routes full of highlights, but mostly flat
With the Ruhr, Rhine, Lippe, Lenne, or Sieg, rivers of all sizes shape the landscape along their banks in NRW in different ways. Those following them by bike from source to mouth will experience nature, history, and plenty of cycling fun with little gradient.
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Dams in the Bergisches Land
Twelve dams in the Bergisches Land not only provide good drinking water, but also the best excursion opportunities – and a record to boot: No other region in Europe has this many reservoirs to offer on such a small area.
Excursions on the Rhine
On foot, by bike, in a cable-car or by donkey-ride – choose your way to discover the delights of the Rhine.