A place of most impressive culture, the most populated district of Germany... North Rhine Westphalia is full of wonderful surprises. It is perfect for outdoor activities, and its hosts plenty of culture. A holiday in North Rhine Westphalia will be eventful too, there is the carnival to be celebrated here and some of the greatest shopping centers. See what this is all about:
This region of Germany has five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Cologne Cathedral, then the Aachen Cathedral, the beautiful Augustusburg Palace and the Falkenlust Palace in Brühl, the impressive Zollverein coal mine in Essen and Corvey Palace. Famous people have been born here, such as the composer Ludwig van Beethoven, the poet Heinrich Heine. Thus many museums, theaters, concert halls and orchestras are to be found in this part of Germany. From a holiday villa in North Rhine Westphalia you should visit the capital of Charlemagne's empire, namely the city of Aachen, with its medieval heritage and the famous Aachener Dom. Visit impressive palaces, such as the Palace of Nordkirchen, and the Augustusburg Palace, the Burg Altena Castle. Cologne is a must see, a city that was founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago, famous for its cathedral, the Kölsch beer, its Eau de Cologne and the many many museums and galleries. This part of Germany is simply one of a kind.
Another great city you can stop in on a holiday in North Rhine Westphalia is the city of Dusseldorf, which is also the region's capital. Its history is not one that dates too far back in time, as the city was actually wiped off the map during WW II. Yet here is where you find exquisite culture in many museums, you find great nightlife and also numerous shopping opportunities, restaurants, etc. In speaking of shopping, in North Rhine Westphalia is where you find the two biggest shopping malls on the Old Continent: CentrO in Oberhausen and LimbeckerPlatz in Essen. And... if you get the chance, you should surely try to take part in events like the carnival and the Kirmes fair, etc. Fun is a sure thing to experience in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany.
This part of Germany is very much a region for the active vacationers, for those who love spending time among nature, besides it being a major historical and cultural hub of the country. There are over 14.000 km of cycling routes here, there are many parks and many riverscapes, zoos and botanical gardens. For walkers, there is the picturesque Rothaarsteig ridge route that is very beautiful, and also this part of the country has numerous waterways. There are rivers and lakes, reservoirs, etc., thus there are various water activities available for your entertainment too. Enjoy them at their best!
When you're not actually walking around, sightseeing, enjoying the outdoors and so on, you can take some time for yourself and visit one of the many health resorts and spas, with very modern thermal baths, with all sorts of treatments, saunas, massages, beauty treatments, etc. To this effect, visit the Bad Münstereifel, in the Eifel Mountains, a beautiful medieval spa town, with ancient ramparts that are very well preserved. Here you can actually have a perfect mix of relaxation and sightseeing. Yet another great feature of a holiday in North Rhine Westphalia.
Given that the nature of this region is varied and very much beautiful, there are many outdoor activities that you can enjoy here. Visit the Wildpark Dusseldorf, take a day cruise on a river, go skiing in Winterberg in the cold season, visit he NaturZoo Rhine. Go to TeamEscape in Cologne, it's a great load of fun. Go hiking, cycling and walking on the picturesque Rothaarsteig ridge route. Enjoy canoeing and other water sports on the rivers and the many lakes here, on a holiday in North Rhine Westphalia.
The region of North Rhine Westphalia is actually pretty perfect for families. There are many zoos you can visit, that the kids will absolutely love, there are theme parks and museums, nature trails, and sailing on the rivers and lakes. Visit the Koelner Zoo, the Zoo Duisburg, the Loebbecke Museum und Aquazoo in Dusseldorf, the Sea Life Oberhausen, the many amusement parks here, the spa towns. Love your holiday in North Rhine Westphalia together with your loved ones.
The cuisine in North Rhine Westphalia is based on meats mainly, and food that offers a high energy level, as this used to be a major industrial area and physical work was often encountered here. Thus meats, vegetables, and grains have remained an important part of the produce used here for cooking, as have the beans, peas, potatoes, and kale. Westphalia is an area well known for its beer producing as well. Sauerbraten (roast with a specific sauce) is very popular, the Leberknödel (liver dumplings) are also delicious, the local bratwurst is worth trying, and as a desert the Zwetschgenkuchen (plum cake) is a must.
Take your pet with you on vacation... it's a great idea to not get to be homesick for Fifi and enjoy the beauty of North Rhine Westphalia together with your entire family. From long walks among nature to enjoying a picnic on a lake shore, from barbecuing at your pet friendly holiday home in North Rhine Westphalia to relaxing among nature or sightseeing in the beautiful cities here... this region of Germany is welcoming and very much fun.Points of interest, a “must see” list in North Rhine Westphalia:
A holiday in North Rhine Westphalia is a great opportunity to get to know the country from a most beautiful standpoint. This part of Germany is known to be the home of many artists and one of the greatest cultural areas in Europe. Find a most amazing holiday experience in North Rhine Westphalia!
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