23 attractions you should visit in North Rhine-Westphalia - With photos & details

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Top 23 attractions to explore in North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populated state in the country, with 17,912,134 people representing 21.5% of the population. It is located in western Germany, covering an area of 34,084 km, which makes it the fourth largest state out of 16 states in Germany.

Aachen CathedralDomhof 1, 52062 Aachen, Germany
Churches
Notable Architectures

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Roman Catholic church in Aachen, Germany, and one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe. It was constructed by an order from the emperor Charlemagne in 814. Since 1802, it is the mother church of the Diocese of Aachen.

Aasee LakeAasee, Münster, Germany
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Parasailing Spots
Parks

It is a 40.2-hectare lake located in Münster with a length of 2.3 km. The lake is surrounded by a huge green space, making it the largest recreational area in the city of Munster.

Augustusburg and Falkenlust PalacesParkplatz, Max-Ernst-Allee, 50321 Brühl, Germany
Parks
Palaces
Museums

The Augustusburg and Falkenlust Palaces were built at the beginning of the 18th century in Brühl. It is a UNESCO cultural World Heritage Site since 1984. It was used as a building for guests of the state by the German President till 1994, as it is not far from Bonn, which was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany at that time.

Botanischer Garten GrugaparkVirchowstraße 167a, 45147 Essen, Germany
Botanical Gardens

It is a municipal botanical garden located in the Essen city. It was established in 1927 for entertainment, education, and research. Parts of the garden was destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt and re-designed in 1965.

Classic Remise DusseldorfHarffstraße 110A, 40591 Düsseldorf, Germany
Museums

Opened in 2006 in a tram depot, Classic Remise Dusseldorf is a center for vintage cars. This landmrk building consists of garages, services and dealers for classic cars, shops for spare parts, clothing, model cars, accessories and restaurants.

Cologne CathedralDomkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany
Churches
Viewing Decks
Notable Architectures

In 1996 Cologne Cathedral was declared as a world heritage site and it is Germany's most visited landmark. At 157 m, it is the tallest twin-spired church in the world, the second tallest church in Europe and the third tallest church in the world. Its construction began in 1248 but stopped around 1560 until the 1840s, and completed in 1880. About 20,000 people visit the church everyday.

Gasometer OberhausenGasometer Oberhausen, Arenastraße 13, 46047 Oberhausen, Germany
Art Centres
Museums
Notable Architectures

This 1920s industrial landmark is a former gas tank that was rebuilt after World War II in Oberhausen, Germany. The tank was converted into an exhibition and hosted several large scale exhibitions. It is an important point in the European Route of Industrial Heritage and the Industrial Heritage Trail.

German Mining MuseumAm Bergbaumuseum 28, 44791 Bochum, Germany
Museums
Notable Architectures

This 12,000 m² open-air exhibition is one of the most visited museums in Germany and the largest mining museum globally. As a research institute, it is a renowned research establishment for mining history. Above-ground exhibitions, and a reconstructed show mine below the museum give visitors insights into the world of mining.

Heimat-Tierpark OlderdissenDornberger Str. 149A, 33619 Bielefeld, Germany
Zoos
Parks
Urban Walks

This park has existed since 1930 and it not only has animals but also hiking and biking nature trails. It has many Mammals and Birds like alpine ibexes, nutrias, owls and common ravens.

House of the History of the Federal Republic of GermanyWilly-Brandt-Allee 14, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Museums

The House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany was opened in 1994. It is a modern history museum in Bonn, Germany, and one of the most famous museums in the country. The place exhibits German history since 1945, and it has over 75,000 political cartoons and caricatures.

KönigsalleeKönigsallee, Düsseldorf, Germany
Urban Walks

This one-kilometer urban street means King's Avenue, located in Düsseldorf. The street is famous for its beautiful landscaped canal that runs along its center, and the fashion and luxury shops on both sides. It is the busiest upscale shopping street in the country.

Landschaftspark Duisburg-NordEmscherstraße 71, 47137 Duisburg, Germany
Parks
Art Centres
Notable Architectures

It is a public park located in Duisburg-Meiderich, designed in 1991. The park was constructed with the intention that it work to heal and understand the industrial past, rather than trying to reject it. The park closely associates itself with the site's past use: a coal and steel production plant that was abandoned in 1985, and the agricultural land it had been before the mid 19th century.

PhantasialandBerggeiststraße 31-41, 50321 Brühl, Germany
Theme Parks

This theme park that was opened in 1967 in Brühl attracts around 2 million visitors annually. It has six themed areas such as Berlin, Wuze Town and Deep in Africa. It also has many roller coasters, water rides and thrill rides.

Rheinaue ParkLudwig-Erhard-Allee 20, 53175 Bonn, Germany
Parks
Art Centres
Sculptures
Urban Walks

It is a 160-hectare recreational area called the Rheinaue by locals located in Bonn city. Designed as a park, it features many beautiful plants, buildings, and artworks.

RheinuferpromenadeUntere, Rheinwerft, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Viewing Decks
Boating Spots
Urban Walks

This popular destination for tourists in the city is a world-renowned 0.5 km promenade located in district 1, the industrial district in Düsseldorf. It was built around 1900 and redesigned in 1995.

Rhine TowerStromstraße 20, 40221 Düsseldorf, Germany
Viewing Decks
Notable Architectures

A 240.5 m high concrete telecommunications tower in Düsseldorf, capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. Construction started in 1979 and completed in 1981. It has a 360-degree revolving restaurant and an observation deck at a height of 170 m, which is the hights point in the city.

Schloss BenrathBenrather Schloßallee 100-108, 40597 Düsseldorf, Germany
Parks
Palaces
Museums

Benrath Palace completed in 1770 is a Baroque-style palace in the residential suburb, Benrath. It was built for the Elector Palatine Charles Theodor and his wife, Countess Palatine Elisabeth Auguste of Sulzbach and has been proposed to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main building called corps de logis is a museum with guided tours.

Schloss DrachenburgSchloss Drachenburg, Drachenfelsstraße 118, 53639 Königswinter, Germany
Viewpoints
Mountain Peaks
Notable Architectures

It is a private villa designed like a palace. It was constructed in the late 19th century and located 200 m above sea level. It was completed in 1884 on the Drachenfels hill in Königswinter, a German town on the Rhine near Bonn. It was built for Baron Stephan von Sarter (1833–1902), a banker and broker.

Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion)Strobelallee 50, 44139 Dortmund, Germany
Stadiums

Officially called Signal Iduna Park, it is a football stadium in Dortmund city, which is the home of the famous Borussia Dortmund. The stadium is one of the most famous football stadiums in Europe and has a capacity of up to 81,365, the largest stadium in Germany.

St. Paulus-DomDomplatz 28, 48143 Münster, Germany
Churches

It also called St. Paulus-Dom, the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Münster in Germany. It was constructed in 1225 and counted among the most important church buildings in Münstern.

Map of attractions in North Rhine-Westphalia