Das Geleucht in Moers, © Leo Thomas

Photo spots

14 spannende plekjes voor de lief­hebbers van fo­to­grafie

Special locations make the hearts of photography enthusiasts beat faster. Some are found in the wilderness, others around romantic castles, high up on the slagheaps and skywalks, and yet others in the middle of some busy and diverse cities. Whether you’re pursuing photography as a hobby, strictly professionally, or simply for Instagram: grab your camera or Smartphone and set out to discover 14 unique photo spots in your NRW!

Sprayed house facade Street Art Cologne Mülheim, © Johannes Höhn, artist Ammar Abo Bakr (Luxor, EGY) & Robin von Gestern (Köln, DEU), CityLeaks 2015

Urb­an art in Co­logne

Photo spot 1

The street artists have left bright splashes of colour across the city – brightly and legally turning grey concrete into colourful pieces of art to admire. Some of the large murals created anew every other year in the scope of the CityLeaks Urban Art Festival in particular have turned into landmarks and tourist magnets.

Suspension bridge Kühhude in Schmallenberg, © Leo Thomas

Küh­hude sus­pen­ded bridge in Sie­gen-Wit­tgen­stein

Photo spot 2

Do you prefer looking up from below, or will you dare venture onto the wobbly suspended bridge on the Rothaarsteig? Either perspective is promising some very special photographs and a great experience in nature – try it out! The 40-metres-long suspended bridge spans a small valley at heights of up to 12 metres. It can be bypassed if preferred.

Two aurochs and a calf graze on the meadow in the Neandertal Ice Age Game Reserve, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Ice-age game re­serve in Neander­tal

Photo spot 3

A mixed animal population has settled right next to the Neanderthal Museum, with tarpan horses, bison, and aurochses at hand. The morning light with mist slowly spreading on the meadows will conjure up a very special atmospheric mood.

Castle Loersfeld in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Schloss Lo­ersfeld castle in the Rhine-Erft-Dis­trict

Photo spot 4

A fairy-tale backdrop: Schloss Loersfeld in Kerpen near Cologne is one of the most beautiful facilities anywhere in the state. Get your camera and let this site’s unique atmosphere enchant you.
A hint for connoisseurs: the castle is the home of a gourmet restaurant that numbers among Germany’s 100 best restaurants.

Holsteiner Treppen Wuppertal Häuserwand, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Hol­stein­er Treppe in Wup­per­tal

Photo spot 5

112 steps in 112 colours with 112 terms: The world-renowned Holsteiner Treppe in Wuppertal is a unique piece of art. Discover entirely new perspectives on the stairs while playing with the bright colours for your next Insta posting.

Old houses Bonn, © Johannes Höhn

Old build­ings in Bonn

Photo spot 6

The quarters of the former German capital will let you discover some pretty, old buildings on a stroll through town: impressive buildings from the years of rapid industrial expansion can be found in the inner city, while small houses from a number of eras are lining the narrow cobblestone streets in the old town north of it. Bonn’s old town also offers a very special nature spectacle in spring, when innumerable cherry trees turn the streets into a sea of pink blossoms.

Cat stones Eifel, © Johannes Höhn

Katzen­steine in the Eifel

Photo spot 7

The Mechernicher Wald forest offers a fascinating spectacle of nature: The Katzensteine rocks represent 220 million years of earth history, creating a very special image with their unique rock formations and layers. A hiking round trail about eight kilometres in length affords various perspectives of the red sandstone rocks.

The Wehrhahn line shows the deeply rooted love for art in Düsseldorf., © Jörg Hempel

Wehrhahnlinie in Düs­sel­dorf

Photo spot 8

“Next stop: Graf-Adolf-Platz!” Düsseldorf’s Wehrhahnlinie makes sure that no one needs to be bored while waiting for the next underground train. Six stations along the line have been improved by artists and designers, impressing with works from the disciplines of video art, visual art, and sculpting.

Flamingos im Zwillbrocker Venn, © Biologische Station Zwillbrocker Venn

Flamin­gos in the Mün­ster­land

Photo spot 9

“Next stop: Graf-Adolf-Platz!” Düsseldorf’s Wehrhahnlinie makes sure that no one needs to be bored while waiting for the next underground train. Six stations along the line have been improved by artists and designers, impressing with works from the disciplines of video art, visual art, and sculpting.

Agger dam from above, © Johannes Höhn

Ag­ger­talsperre dam in the Ber­gisches Land

Photo spot 10

The lake is lying calmly deep in the valley, reflecting trees on its surface while wild geese touch down to rest briefly on the water. Picturesque nature invites you to press the trigger to capture this momentary landscape impression forever.

Halde Rheinpreussen near Moers, © Johannes Höhn

The “Geleucht” in­stall­a­tion

Photo spot 11

A brightly lit miners’ lamp is towering high up on the Halde Rheinpreußen slagheap in Moers. By day, just after sundown, during the blue hour, or at night: the impressive landmark is a unique photo motive any time of the day.

Sequoiafarm Niederrhein, © Johannes Höhn

Se­quoia farm on the Lower Rhine

Photo spot 12

Look up! Can you spot the sky between the gigantic sequoia trees? The ancient trees will play a starring role for your camera at the sequoia farm on the Lower Rhine, creating entirely new views!

Bruchhauser stones sauerland, © Johannes Höhn

Bruch­haus­er Steine

Photo spot 13

At sunrise early in the morning, at sunset in the evening, or during the blue hour: the Bruchhauser Steine in the Sauerland offer a breath-taking vista of the region – along with hikes on various themed trails and a brief climb to the highest point of this nature monument.

Side view of the Biggeblick viewing platform in the Sauerland, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Biggeblick in the Sauer­land

Photo spot 14

The Skywalk above Biggesee lake affords a view of the Sauerland region from above – while feeling a bit closer to heaven yourself. The Biggeblick is a great photo motive in the evening as well, when the platform is lit up and shining in white and blue light.

  • "Das Geleucht" on the Halde Rheinpreussen in Moers, © Johannes Höhn
    Gartenanlage im Sonnenuntergang auf Schloss Loersfeld im Rhein-Erft-Kreis, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    Suspension bridge Kühhude at Rothaarsteig in Siegen-Wittgenstein exterior view, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
  • Aggertalsperre, © @micha.loewe
    Holsteiner Treppe in Wuppertal, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
    View of the floor of the viewing platform Biggeblick in Sauerland, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

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