Zeche Zollverein 360 Grad, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

UN­ESCO World Her­it­age Route

Roadtrip through NRW

For Cul­ture En­thu­si­asts: Fol­low this route along the five UN­ESCO World Her­it­age Sites: The Co­logne Cathed­ral, Zeche Zollver­ein in Es­sen, the Aachen Cathed­ral, Schloss Cor­vey in Höx­ter and the palaces Au­gus­tus­burg und Falken­lust in Brühl. Be curi­ous!
Dis­cov­er the five UN­ESCO World Her­it­age Sites in VR mode.

Aachener Dom von unten, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Düs­sel­dorf Air­port to Aachen Cathed­ral

60 miles

Set off from Düs­sel­dorf Air­port and head to your first cul­tur­al hot­spot, Aachen and Aachen Cathed­ral. It is im­mensely sig­ni­fic­ant in terms of both ar­chi­tec­ture and art his­tory and one of the best pre­served ar­chi­tec­tur­al monu­ments of the Car­oling­i­an peri­od. 
Good to know: In 1978, Aachen Cathed­ral be­came the first ever Ger­man cul­tur­al monu­ment to be ad­ded to the UN­ESCO World Her­it­age List.

Frontansicht Unesco Weltkulturerbe Augustusburg und Falkenlust, © Horst Gummersbach

Aachen Cathed­ral to the Palaces of Au­gus­tus­burg & Falken­lust

45 miles

The Au­gus­tus­burg and Falken­lust palaces, in Brühl, are two of Ger­many?s most im­port­ant ex­amples of Baroque and Ro­coco ar­chi­tec­ture and have served as mod­els for nu­mer­ous oth­er noble Ger­man court build­ings. The ad­ja­cent Schlosspark (Palace Park) links the two Brühl palaces. 
Good to know: The Schlosspark is an in­ter­na­tion­ally re­cog­nised monu­ment to the art of garden­ing. While it is de­signed in the French style, it has re­cog­nis­able Eng­lish land­scaped garden fea­tures, too.

Die Hohenzollernbrücke am Abend, © Oliver Franke / Tourismus NRW e.V.

Palaces Au­gus­tus­burg & Falken­lust to Co­logne Cathed­ral

11 miles

Brühl to Co­logne is about a 30 minute drive, so head now to the most vis­ited sight in North Rhine-West­phalia. Co­logne Cathed­ral is truly awe-in­spir­ing and one of the most ac­know­ledged mas­ter­pieces of European Goth­ic ar­chi­tec­ture. Hugely pop­u­lar with art lov­ers, tour­ists and pil­grims alike, it is one of the most im­port­ant pil­grim­age churches in Europe. 
Good to know: Co­logne Cathed­ral at­tracts more than six mil­lion vis­it­ors a year, mak­ing it the most pop­u­lar tour­ist des­tin­a­tions in Ger­many.

UNESCO-Welterbe Zeche Zollverein Essen bei Dunkelheit, © Ruhr Tourismus, Jochen Schlutius

Co­logne Cathed­ral to the Zollver­ein Coal Mine

50 miles

The Zollver­ein Coal Mine In­dus­tri­al Com­plex was awar­ded UN­ESCO World Her­it­age Site status in 2001 and is one of the most im­press­ive in­dus­tri­al monu­ments on the plan­et. The fi­nal work­ing shift here, as a work­ing mine, was in 1986 and since then, the Zollver­ein has been trans­formed in­to an in­spir­ing and im­port­ant site for the art, cul­ture and cre­at­ive works. 
Good to know: the Zollver­ein at­tracts more than two mil­lion vis­it­ors a year and as a build­ing, this former coal mine - which was built on Bauhaus prin­ciples - has come to rep­res­ent the im­mense struc­tur­al and cul­tur­al changes which have re­vital­ised the Ruhr area.

Schloss Corvey in Höxter, © Kulturkreis Höxter-Corvey

The Zollver­ein Coal Mine to Cor­vey Castle to Düs­sel­dorf Air­port

125 miles from Es­sen | 135 miles to Düs­sel­dorf

This former Be­ne­dict­ine ab­bey at the small, his­tor­ic­al town of Cor­vey is unique: its ?west­work?, or west­ern façade, is not just one of the only nearly fully-pre­served Car­oling­i­an struc­tures, it is the only Car­oling­i­an west­work to sur­vive at all. 
Good to know: The former mon­as­tery and con­vent of Cor­vey were awar­ded the coveted UN­ESCO World Her­it­age title in 2014, provid­ing the city with its first UN­ESCO World Her­it­age Site. 

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Rursee von oben, © Dominik Ketz, Tourismus NRW e.V.

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Der Aachener Dom aus der Vogelperspektive., © Tourismus NRW e.V.


Bierkranz mit Kölsch, © Ralph Sondermann, Tourismus NRW e.V.

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Ausblick auf Düsseldorfer Rheinufer, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

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Alter Flecken, Freudenberg in Siegen-Wittgenstein, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

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