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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Map of attractions in North Rhine-Westphalia