DEG Ice Hockey Game, © Jenna Davis / Life in Düsseldorf

The Best Ways to Cel­eb­rate an Urb­an Winter Won­der­land in NRW

It’s the most won­der­ful time of year!

A time where des­pite cold noses and tingling toes, the at­mo­sphere is beau­ti­ful, the Glüh­wein is warm and there is so much to cel­eb­rate dur­ing the winter sea­son.

It’s the most wonderful time of year! A time where despite cold noses and tingling toes, the atmosphere is beautiful, the Glühwein is warm and there is so much to celebrate during the winter season.

You can visit all of the world-famous Christmas markets in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), but even when Christmas has come to an end and the New Year is quickly approaching, there is much to be experienced and explored.

Here are just 8 wonderful ways you can celebrate an urban winter in NRW:


Ski down the Jever Fun Halle Slopes in Neuss

There might not be much snow in the urban parts of the city, but the Jever Fun Halle in Neuss is an awesome indoor ski hall for the adrenaline seekers. You can join a ski club, a ski camp, a ski school or celebrate a birthday on the slopes, or you can even take the snow to-go (starting at 35 Euro per cubic meter).

Skate through the Old Coal Factory in Essen

There are quite a number of skating halls around NRW, but there’s something magical about the old coal factory in Essen that makes you feel like you’ve fallen right into the pages of a winter wonderland storybook. Surround yourself with the beautiful lights of the old industrial plant, skate along the ice, grab a cup of hot chocolate and play a round of curling.

Cheer on your Team at an Ice Hockey Match

Ice hockey might not be as wildly popular as football is around NRW, but you might just surprise yourself by attending an ice hockey match. The fans are loud, the beer is cold and the atmosphere is wild. If there’s one thing to be said about hockey games (like the DEG), they certainly know how to keep the crowd engaged.


Walk Through the Light Installations at Grugapark

If you’re looking for some peace and relaxation, Grugapark is beautiful in the wintertime. A great tip is to go just before the sun starts to set so you can enjoy the beautiful light installations around the park as you go for an evening stroll.

Experience ESSEN.ON.ICE at Kennedyplatz in Essen

ESSEN.ON.ICE starts up on January 19th, 2018 and runs until March 11th, 2018 next year, are you ready? Here you’ll be able to experience everything wonderful about winter, on ice. Check out an on-ice football match, slide down the snowy slopes in an inner tube, go skating, try out curling or watch one of their many dance performances on ice.


Go on a Winter Wonderland Hike through the Woods

There are so many beautiful hiking paths in NRW, it’s hard to just pick one. If you read up on the “Top Trails of Germany in NRW”, you’ll be able to pick your favorite and go on a winter wonderland hike through the woods wherever your heart desires. The Eifel? The Rheinsteig? The choice is yours!


Play in the Sauerland Snow 

The urban cities around NRW might have very little snow, but Sauerland is often filled with snow! You can go tobogganing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and even enjoy a few warm drinks up in the ski chalets this winter!

Join the Ice Disco at Revierpark Wischlingen in Dortmund 

Why go to a disco club in the winter when you can join an Ice Disco at Revierpark Wischlingen in Dortmund? Dance the night away on skates while listening to a live DJ, enjoying a few piping hot drinks and watching the awesome light show.

What are you waiting for?! It’s time to get busy celebrating an urban winter wonderland in NRW!

Written by Jenna Davis | Life in Düsseldorf

Images and videos

Be inspired: images of your NRW

Playing in the Sauerland Snow, © Jenna Davis / Life in Düsseldorf
Skating Rink in Essen, © Jenna Davis / Life in Düsseldorf
Cross-Country Skiing in Sauerland, © Jenna Davis / Life in Düsseldorf
Curling in Essen, © Jenna Davis / Life in Düsseldorf

More tips worth trav­el­ing for

The sound of #urbanana, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Sound of #urb­a­nana

City-Strand Köln 2, © KölnKongress GmbH

High­lights 2019

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

Spe­ci­al­ity beers

Die Flamingos am Zwillbrocker Venn teilen sich ihren Lebensraum mit Kolonien von Lachmöwen, © Biologische Station Zwillbrock e. V.

Nature Tours

Eifel Nationalpark Kind schaut durch Fernglas mit Ranger, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


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