Duisburg, Mönchengladbach, or Paderborn are probably not found at the very top of your bucket list for your next city trip. Why not, though? Colourful street art on the monastery wall, harbour walks through winding alleys, or city tours supported by augmented reality – let us show you which cities in North Rhine-Westphalia are still undiscovered but have a few urban surprises in store for you.
Paderborn’s East Side Gallery
The cityscape of Paderborn is growing increasingly colourful. That’s hardly surprising when even the mother superior of the Vincentian convent there is a fan of graffiti. She has invited artists to decorate more than 100 metres of a monastery wall in graffiti art – launching Paderborn’s “East Side Gallery”. Tours around Paderborn Cathedral lead to the works of art in the city – either on an analogue walk or digitally using the app.
Interactive experiences with augmented reality in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach
Leave your city map, information brochures, and photo camera at home. All you need to carry to get to know the cities of Mönchengladbach and Krefeld is your smartphone. The Yona app will help you discover the area on your own as it brings dead objects to life on digital tours that cover a number of subjects. They allow visitors to get creative on their own, or to take part in a quiz, too.
The lights are still on in the Duisburg harbour
Have you seen Duisburg’s harbour district? Skippers and sailors from around the world used to mingle in the Ruhrort quarter, which has even been compared to Hamburg’s St. Pauli. Many reasons to visit the place remain even now. Follow in the tracks of Schimanski through the winding old town alleys, admire art on the waterfront, and go on a harbour round trip to view the promenade from a boat – Ruhrort is a properly creative quarter with harbour flair.
Creativity in the Bergisches Land region
Wuppertal offers inspiration on every corner: be it the 112 brightly coloured steps of the Holsteiner Treppe stairs, a rainbow bridge on the Schwarzbahntrasse, or the abandoned Mirk train station turned into a place for creativity. Let the lively, trendy districts surrounded by mountainous natural idylls cast their spell on you.
An ode to the Büdchen kiosks on the Rhine and Ruhr rivers
Bergkamen or Bottrop, Duisburg or Düsseldorf – The “Büdchen” stores can be found in towns of all sizes in the Rhineland and in the Ruhr area. Authentic, improvised, and lovingly operated, they are iconic and always there for us, no matter if we need a mixed bag of snacks, newspapers, a coffee to go, or a drink for the road. These kiosk shops have it all. We have assembled a list of some very unusual ones for you.