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Ex­cit­ing spots and re­lax­ing nature

Walk through col­or­ful forests, en­joy the vari­ety of lights or dis­cov­er the his­tory of the Eifel Na­tion­al Park - there are many dif­fer­ent spots for a per­fect au­tumn in NRW.

Au­tumn - the last warm­ing rays of the sun in your face, walk­ing through rust­ling au­tumn leaves, or en­joy­ing a cosy cup of tea in front of a crack­ling fire. We have com­piled some tips for you so that you can really en­joy the au­tumn in Your NRW.

1. En­joy­ing the In­di­an sum­mer

When the leaves are fiery red, bright yel­low or hazel­nut brown, a hike through the forests of North Rhine-West­phalia is a real de­light. A small tip: There?s a par­tic­u­larly good view of the au­tumn col­ours from the reser­voir dams, such as in the ?Ber­gisches Städtedreieck?, the three Ber­gisch cit­ies, or in the Ber­gisches Land re­gion, where you mostly have open views. Or you can board a boat and en­joy a leis­urely ride past the Siebenge­birge hills with their le­gendary Drachen­fels (Dragon?s Rock). The In­di­an sum­mer can also be ad­mired on the Weser. On the steep slopes of the Zie­gen­berg and Brunsberg hills near Höx­ter, the view onto the fo­liage of the beech­woods is par­tic­u­larly im­press­ive. For any­one who al­ways wanted to try Slag heap hop­ping, the au­tumn is the ideal time. It?s neither too hot nor too cold, and you have a great view out over the au­tumn land­scape of the Ruhr re­gion.
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2. Ex­per­i­ence brine and salt

Breathe in pure air in the ?heal­ing tun­nel?, or ?Heil­stollen? in the Sauer­land re­gion or in the sa­lina in Bad Salzu­flen in the Teuto­bur­ger Wald forest - it?s good for you. Why? The Salz-Er­leb­n­is­mu­seum (Salt Ex­per­i­ence Mu­seum) in Bad Sas­sen­dorf not only presents the story of salt min­ing in an in­ter­est­ing and in­form­at­ive way; here, vis­it­ors can also get to know the health be­ne­fits of the ?white gold?.

3. Forest bathing

Walk over col­our­ful au­tumn leaves and con­sciously breathe in the fresh forest air. This doesn?t just be­ne­fit your health and strengthen your im­mune sys­tem, but it also has a name: This tak­ing time out in nature is called ?Shin­rin-Yoku?, or ?forest bathing?. Wheth­er on a walk, a hike or sit­ting on a tree trunk, the pur­pose of forest bathing is to con­sciously re­lax and breathe in the clear forest air.

4. Dis­cov­er cul­tur­al high­lights in the coun­tryside

Dis­cov­er hid­den treas­ures and unique jew­els out­side of the big cit­ies. Wheth­er a moated castle, fort­ress or in­dus­tri­al monu­ment - a total of 46 pack­ages have been de­vised to provide you with re­com­mend­a­tions for cul­tur­al mini trips through­out your NRW - with secret tips for res­taur­ant vis­its and un­usu­al overnight ac­com­mod­a­tion op­tions.

5. Pop cul­ture city tours

The streets have cooled down after the sum­mer heat, and the streets in NRW are be­ing re­freshed by a gentle au­tumn breeze. The per­fect con­di­tions for a city trip with mu­sic! From the end of Au­gust, the new on­line app, ?The Sound of #urb­a­nana? will of­fer tours for the eyes and ears, tak­ing users on a jour­ney through the pop his­tory of North Rhine-West­phalia. Once it has been fully com­pleted, the on­line ap­plic­a­tion will present over 150 im­port­ant pop his­tory sites in Co­logne, Düs­sel­dorf and the Ruhr re­gion - and of course, with the mu­sic to match.

6. Swirl­ing over the largest old town fair in Europe

The All Saint?s Day fair in Soest is a real tra­di­tion. It has been held since at least 1338 - yet this fair is far from be­ing tired and dusty. What makes it really spe­cial are above all the back­drop and the cosy at­mo­sphere. Right in the heart of the town, between half-timbered houses and churches, is where the old­est fair in North Rhine-West­phalia is cel­eb­rated - this year, from 6 to 10 Novem­ber 2019.

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Goldener Pfad Winterberg, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Hik­ing tours for au­tumn days

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Urfttalsperre in der Eifel, © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.

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