For railway romantics: Former signal tower, Büren
Right by the Ringelstein Forest, nature lovers can spend the night in a listed railway building. Stellwerk Ringelstein (Ringelstein Signal Tower), built in 1941 and already decommissioned by 1962, can accommodate two to three people. Adjacent hiking routes and cycle trails, such as the Almeradweg (Alme Cycle Trail), lead right into the heart of nature. Simply romantic, the holiday home right by the rails!
Staying in an old brewery, Münster
This designer hotel is located in a building where beer used to be brewed. The exposed brick walls and steel girders of this listed building of the former Germania brewery can still be seen today, creating a harmonious contrast between historical and modern times. Whether it’s a conference, meeting, family party or wedding reception you’re looking for, the Factory Hotel with its purist style is a particularly unusual location for all kinds of events. Incidentally, our NRW conference planner also includes other locations for your event.
Glorious time out, Altena
For fans of sumptuous or impressive architecture, a palace or castle could be the right choice. There are countless palaces and castles in North Rhine-Westphalia, and some of them offer accommodation for guests - sometimes in close proximity to the palace owners. One special place to stay is Burg Altena castle, which houses one of the first youth hostels in Germany. However, it is now not only open to school classes and childrens’ groups. As well as large rooms for 13 or 14 people, there are also two- and three-bed rooms. And an exciting medieval atmosphere is always included!
Sleeping in a monastery, Eifel
Several monasteries in NRW also date from the Middle Ages, and some of them also offer rooms to guests - just the thing for anyone looking for real peace and time out. In the Himmerod Cistercian monastery in the Eifel region, for example, monks specifically invite people from all over the world to share their living space with them, but also to work, pray and help shape the future of the monastery. However, guests can also simply stay overnight in the guest wing and explore the Eifel by day.
Dreaming in the Trafohotel, Solingen
For nearly 70 years, a transformer tower supplied the historic district of Gräfrath in Solingen with power. Today, guests can stay in the particularly lovingly furnished Trafohotel. The living area with its cosy 20.5 square meters of space offers a sun terrace with a view onto the park and an open fireplace. In the coffee house directly next door, there’s fresh coffee and a delicious breakfast.
A night in the historic town gate, Xanten
In Xanten on the Lower Rhine, visitors can stay in the historic town gate, the Klever Tor. The 14th century building connects the historic old town with its cosy cafés and individual-style shops with the town’s green belt, and is the ideal starting point for shopping tours and excursions into the countryside.
Staying in the Zeche colliery, Essen
The Alte Lohnhalle in Essen has stories to tell from former times. This used to be the place where the boys from the Zeche Bonifacius colliery would gather to collect their wages. Today, guests can stay overnight in this industrial monument. With this combination of industrial culture and individual hospitality, the hotel must surely be unique for miles around. For anyone wanting more history, guided tours of the colliery are also on offer.
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Overnight in jail, Petershagen
In the Altes Amtsgericht (old district court) in Petershagen in the Teutoburger Wald forest, the prison cells have been converted into simple guest rooms, and guests can go in and out as they please. However, metal bunk beds still stand in the cells for the most authentic experience possible, while a three-course hangman’s meal is served for dinner. Anyone who wants can even sleep in striped prison pyjamas.
Night at the museum
In Alsdorf, you can spend the night at the Energeticon experience museum. Joining in and trying things out are expressly permitted at the exhibition in the former winding engine hall. By day, a virtual pit cage takes you several hundred metres into the depths and by night you can explore the museum under your own steam - equipped with a miner’s lamp and helmet.