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.
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.
Discover more cycling paths!
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.
Beer gardens and the most beautiful picnic spots - these are the places where you can let time fly by.
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.
Special picnic offers
Magical sunsets or a tour through caves and tunnels - are you ready for summer moments that will be remembered?
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.
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.