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Sicht auf den Dortmunder Flughafen , © Frank Peterschröder, Flughafen Dortmund GmbH

Trav­el­ling to North Rhine-West­phalia


Cent­ral loc­a­tion and dense in­fra­struc­ture net­work

Not quite all roads lead to North Rhine-West­phalia ? but the re­gion is ex­tremely well con­nec­ted all the same. This is thanks to its cent­ral loc­a­tion at the heart of Europe on the one hand, and to the densest in­fra­struc­ture net­work on the con­tin­ent on the oth­er. Over 400 dir­ect in­ter­na­tion­al flights de­part from two in­ter­na­tion­al air­port hubs and a fur­ther four air­ports serving European des­tin­a­tions. From Lon­don alone, a flight takes off roughly every hour, land­ing pas­sen­gers in Düs­sel­dorf or Co­logne an hour or so later.

For those tak­ing the over­land route, a dense road and rail net­work shortens the dis­tance between Bri­tain and North Rhine-West­phalia. Ex­tend­ing for around 2,200 kilo­metres, the auto­bahn net­work provides a dir­ect and fast link between NRW and Europe?s mo­tor­way sys­tem. North Rhine-West­phalia is equally well placed when it comes to rail con­nec­tions: with over 6,000 km of tracks, it has the densest rail­way net­work in all of Ger­many. Rail trav­el­lers from Bri­tain can make it to Co­logne from Lon­don in around five hours.

Gate am Flughafen Köln-Bonn, © Oliver Franke/Tourismus NRW e.V.

Ar­riv­ing by plane

North Rhine-West­phalia has four smal­ler air­ports be­sides the big ones in Düs­sel­dorf and Co­logne, that con­nect the re­gion with all the main cit­ies in Ger­many as well as ma­jor in­ter­na­tion­al cit­ies such as Lon­don.

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Zug am Fernbahnhof Düsseldorf Flughafen , © Andreas Wiese, Flughafen Düsseldorf

Ar­riv­ing by train

More than 30 IC, EC and ICE rail­way sta­tions along with a well-co­ordin­ated loc­al pub­lic trans­port net­work all en­sure a com­fort­able jour­ney. Rail trav­el­lers from Bri­tain can make it from Lon­don to Co­logne in five hours: firstly with the Eurostar to Brus­sels, and then on­wards with the ICE to Co­logne.

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Arriving by car, © pixabay.com

Ar­riv­ing by car

All of the state’s main cit­ies have ex­cel­lent links to NRW’s auto­bahns, which ex­tend for a total of 2,200 kilo­metres

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Your NRW - Vis­it North Rhine-West­phalia: Ger­many at its best!

Kettenkarussell auf der Anna Kirmes in Düren, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
Liebesschlösser an der Kölner Hohenzollernbrücke, © Dieter Jacobi / KölnTourismus GmbH
Den Sommer an einem Brunnen in Bonn genießen, © Sondermann
Die Abendsonne am Burgplatz in Düsseldorf genießen, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH