Blücherpark Cologne, © Johannes Höhn


Top tips for hot days and mild even­ings

  • Scribble Outdoor-Action, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
  • Maus, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
  • Urban microadventurers, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Wa­ter ex­per­i­ences

Sum­mer­time is wa­ter­time. When it's really hot, of­ten the only thing that helps is a jump in­to the cool wa­ter, a trip in a ca­noe or a walk around a reser­voir.

Obersee Einruhe Sauerland, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

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.

Surfer in Action in the water ski facility "Surf Langenfeld", © Johannes Höhn

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.

Kanzelbrücke über dem Möhnesee, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

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.
Discover more cycling paths!

Cooling - the Aggertalsperre in the Bergische Land., © @theolator

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.

Rhine Cycle Route NRW , © Ralph Sondermann, Tourismus NRW e.V.

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.

Laz­ing oases

Beer gar­dens and the most beau­ti­ful pic­nic spots - these are the places where you can let time fly by.

Beer Garden Three Little Birds Düsseldorf, © Johannes Höhn

The most beau­ti­ful beer gar­dens

Drink­ing beer on a rail­way plat­form, in the middle of a castle court­yard or at a street art gal­lery? Or per­haps a white wine spritzer in a vine­yard in the middle of the vine­yards? You can ex­per­i­ence beer garden ro­mance in your NRW in so many ways. Take a look at our se­lec­tion of the most beau­ti­ful and un­usu­al beer gar­dens in North Rhine-West­phalia.

Picnic at the Kulturgut Haus Nottbeck, © Johannes Höhn

Spe­cial pic­nic of­fers

Feast­ing in the castle park, on the pit frame, or on an en­joy­able hike: North Rhine-West­phalia turns pic­nics in­to open-air events with packed pic­nic bas­kets and spe­cial set­tings.

Sum­mer mo­ments

Ma­gic­al sun­sets or a tour through caves and tun­nels - are you ready for sum­mer mo­ments that will be re­membered?

View from the Sparrenburg on Bielefeld, © Bielefeld Marketing, Franziska Beckmann

Ma­gic­al Mo­ments

We show you the places to ex­per­i­ence the most beau­ti­ful sun­rises and sun­sets in North Rhine-West­phalia. Grab your cam­era or friends and let's go.

The Stock and Scherenberger Erbstollen in Spockhövel, © Björn Salgert

Caves, Tun­nels, and Min­ing Gal­ler­ies

A long, long time ago, North Rhine-West­phalia was an enorm­ous sea. Min­ing came many mil­lions of years later. To this day, there are many caves, tun­nels, and min­ing gal­ler­ies that can take you on a trip in­to the un­der­world.