Zeche Zollverein bei Nacht., © Jochen Schlutius, Ruhr Tourismus

18 Spe­cial Photo Spots in NRW

Any­one head­ing for these des­tin­a­tions must be sure to bring a cam­era

NRW is def­in­itely worth a vis­it, if you?re look­ing for amaz­ing and in­s­tagram­mable photo spots. We col­lec­ted a few of them, that are of­fer­ing more than just a nice view! Dis­cov­er e.g. the In­demann, the Tet­raeder in Bot­trop, the Ex­tern­steine in Horn-Bad Mein­berg or Schloss Tür­nich in Ker­pen.

Der Indemann in der Freizeitregion Indeland., © Freizeitregion Indeland

Photo spot 1: The In­demann

The In­demann is the sym­bol of the In­deland re­gion. It is a 35-meter high tower in the form of a man. From the view­ing plat­forms at dif­fer­ent heights, vis­it­ors have all-round views over the re­gion between Aachen and Co­logne.

Alter Flecken Freudenberg in Siegen-Wittgenstein, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Photo spot 2: The Alte Fleck­en

In the his­tor­ic­al town centre of Freuden­berg, black-and-white half-timbered houses are crammed tightly to­geth­er, and are re­min­is­cent of a small 17th cen­tury town. This pop­u­lar photo mo­tif in Sie­gen-Wit­tgen­stein is known as the ?Al­ter Fleck­en?, and of­fers great mo­tifs from a hill on the edge of the town as well as from close up.

Die Aussichtsplattform Nase im Wind an der Tiefenrother Höhe in Siegen-Wittgenstein., © Natalie Glatter, Tourismusverband Siegerland-Wittgenstein

Photo spot 3: The „Nase im Wind“ view­ing plat­form

The ?Nase im Wind? (?nose in the wind?), a view­ing plat­form on the Tiefen­roth­er Höhe hill on the Rothaarsteig trail, of­fers pho­to­graph­ers a view of the forests and mead­ows of the Rothaarge­birge hills. The sun­sets dur­ing the sum­mer months are a pop­u­lar photo sub­ject.

Ausblick von der Sparrenburg auf Bielefeld., © Gerald Paetzer

Photo spot 4: The Spar­ren­burg

The Spar­ren­burg in Biele­feld is it­self par­tic­u­larly well-suited as a photo mo­tif, while also of­fer­ing a great view over the city and the Teuto­bur­ger Wald forest. The fort­ress com­plex, which is around 800 years old, is loc­ated on the ridge of the hills above the Biele­feld old city.

Tulpen vor Schloss Türnich in Kerpen., © Ralph Sondermann, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Photo spot 5: Schloss Tür­nich palace

The Baroque Schloss Tür­nich palace in Ker­pen is a ma­gic­al loc­a­tion that is already fre­quently used as a film set. The palace it­self is cur­rently be­ing re­stored. From the out­side, it already looks majest­ic and beau­ti­ful, and the palace grounds with its gar­dens and a grand, el­eg­ant av­en­ue of trees, are also worth vis­it­ing. A café in the court­yard of­fers bread and or­gan­ic cakes.

Viadukt Ruhrtalstraße Nord auf dem Panorama Radweg im Neanderland., © Technische Betriebe Velbert

Photo spot 6: Pan­or­amic cycle routes

Vis­it­ors trav­el­ling by bike can take a break along the pan­or­amic cycle routes and dis­cov­er great photo loc­a­tions. On the 40-meter high Saubrücke bridge in Vel­bert, for ex­ample, it?s worth get­ting off your bike and dig­ging out your cam­era. The Nordtal-Ruhr­brücke bridge and the Ruhr­strasse via­duct in Hei­li­gen­haus are also par­tic­u­larly pho­to­gen­ic.

Auf dem Weser-Skywalk ist man selten allein, © Hermann-Josef Sander

Photo spot 7: The Weser Sky­walk

On the Weser Sky­walk near Wür­gassen, which ex­tends over four meters above the Han­nov­er­sche Klip­pen rocks, vis­it­ors can en­joy a breath­tak­ing view out over the Teuto­bur­ger Wald forest and the Weser river. Dur­ing the day, the red-brown rocks be­come very hot, which is why the rocks are home to many dif­fer­ent types of but­ter­fly.

Blick auf die Externsteine im Teutoburger Wald., © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Photo spot 8: The Ex­tern­steine rocks

The Ex­tern­steine rocks have ex­is­ted in the Teuto­bur­ger Wald forest since the Ice Age. The sand­stone gi­ants are im­pos­ing nat­ur­al monu­ments and are ex­cel­lently suited as photo mo­tifs. They tower up in­to the sky like huge spikes, and are re­flec­ted in the sur­face of the wa­ter.

Nachtaufnahme im Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord mit Blick auf die Krankbrücke., © Thomas Berns

Photo spot 9: Duis­burg-Nord land­scape park

The in­dus­tri­al cul­ture in NRW of­fers par­tic­u­larly im­press­ive photo loc­a­tions. In the Duis­burg-Nord land­scape park, fur­naces and met­al pipes are lit up in red, blue and green when the sun be­gins to set. Here, spec­tac­u­lar pho­tos can be taken at night us­ing long-term ex­pos­ure. For any­one without a fear of heights, there is a great view out over the Ruhr area from the fur­nace.

Unesco Welterbe Zeche Zollverein bei Tag., © Jochen Tack, Stiftung Zollverein

Photo spot 10: The Zeche Zollver­ein col­li­ery

The Zollver­ein UN­ESCO World Her­it­age Site in Es­sen also of­fers great mo­tifs for any cam­era lens. Pho­to­graph­ers will find tall chim­neys, angled pipes and un­usu­al ar­chi­tec­ture in what used to be the largest col­li­ery in the world.

Luftaufnahme vom Tetraeder auf einer Halde in Bottrop., © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Photo spot 11: Rubble heaps

Many rubble heaps in the Ruhr area are ad­orned with works of art, such as a tet­ra­hed­ron on the Beck­strasse rubble heap in Bot­trop. This land­mark, which is im­possible to miss, is a sculp­ture that not only of­fers great photo op­por­tun­it­ies at ground level. The first plat­form can be reached via free-float­ing stairs, and a lad­der takes vis­it­ors up to the second plat­form, which is 38 meters above ground. Both of­fer won­der­ful views onto the Ruhr area.

Ansicht auf Broicher Wasserturm mit Camera Obscura., © Saskia Ketz

Photo spot 12: Wa­ter towers

Two wa­ter towers in Mül­heim an der Ruhr are pho­to­gen­ic rel­ics of in­dus­tri­al his­tory, and of­fer beau­ti­ful views onto the Ruhrtal val­ley. A high­light for photo fans: the cu­pola of the wa­ter tower in Broi­ch con­tains the largest ac­cess­ible cam­era obscura in the world, of­fer­ing im­ages from the city and sur­round­ing area.
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Landmarke Tiger and Turtle in Duisburg., © Jochen Schlutius, Ruhr Tourismus GmbH

Photo spot 13: Ti­ger & Turtle

The walk-in roller coast­er in Duis­burg really is unique: the spir­al routes and curves of this land­mark, the ?Ti­ger&Turtle?, of­fer a nev­er-end­ing stream of new pho­to­graph­ic de­tails. At the top on the sculp­ture, an im­press­ive view opens out over the Rhine, the fur­naces of the Krupps Man­nes­mann smelt­ing works and the port com­plex.

Radausflug zur Aussichtsplattform Biggeblick am Biggesee., © Sauerland-Radwelt e. V. – Radwerkstatt Sauerland – Siegerland-Wittgenstein

Photo spot 14: The Biggeblick

The Biggeblick view­ing plat­form lies above the Biggedamm dam in At­ten­dorn and of­fers a view onto the dam, the Walden­burg castle ru­ins and the sur­round­ing forests in the Sauer­land re­gion. At night, the plat­form is il­lu­min­ated and at­tracts a par­tic­u­larly large num­ber of pho­to­graph­ers.

Blick auf die Landschaft in der Eifel., © Archiv Eifel Tourismus GmbH

Photo spot 15: The Eifel view­points

Pho­to­graph­ers trav­el­ling to the Eifel should pack their wide-angle lens to be able to cap­ture the pan­or­amic views. At 65 sites, or ?Eifel-Blicke? (Eifel view­points), pan­or­ama over­views and com­pass pan­els in­dic­ate which moun­tains, lakes and castles can be seen from afar.

Blick auf den Baumwipfelpfad Panarbora, © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Photo spot 16: Panar­bora nature ex­per­i­ence park

A walk among the tree­tops in the Ber­gisches Land re­gion of­fers en­tirely new per­spect­ives for pho­to­graph­ers. In the Panar­bora nature ex­per­i­ence park, vis­it­ors fol­low a tree­top walk­way up to a 34-meter high view­ing tower that of­fers broad views over the re­gion.

Blick auf die Urfttalsperre am Eifelsteig., © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.

Photo spot 17: The Urft­talsperre dam

The Urft­talsperre on the Urft­see lake in the Eifel re­gion is a par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar photo mo­tif. Any­one plan­ning to take a trip here should also pay a vis­it to the former NS Or­dens­burg Vo­gels­ang fort­ress, which is loc­ated above the reser­voir.

Ausblick auf den Drachenfels und Schloss Drachenburg., © Rheinsteig-Büro

Photo spot 18: The Drachen­fels rock

The Drachen­fels in the Siebenge­birge nature park near König­swinter is a le­gendary place. The Drachen­fels plat­eau of­fers a view onto the Rhine­land re­gion. Vis­it­ors who don?t wish to climb up to the plat­eau can take the Drachen­fels­bahn rail­way.