11 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

11 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

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A major center of the steel industry in Germany’s Ruhr region, Duisburg is also a major center of higher education, the performing arts, and sports.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Halde Haniel (185m) and Alsumer Mountain. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Aussichtsturm Wolfsberg Duisburg and Museum Kuppersmuhle. Explore Duisburg's surroundings by going to Deutsches Klingenmuseum (in Solingen), Nordstern Park (in Gelsenkirchen) and Wuppertal (Luisenviertel, Briller Viertel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Mercatorbrunnen, stroll around Stadtwald, contemplate the waterfront views at Blauer See Duisburg-Bissingheim, and get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus Duisburg.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Duisburg driving holiday planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Duisburg. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bonn.

Things to do in Duisburg

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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Little Big Town

The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn is one of the country's oldest cities.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll through Rotweinwanderweg and then step into the grandiose world of Are Castle. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Cherry Blossom, pause for some serene contemplation at Namen-Jesu-Kirche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Elisabeth, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wildpark Venusberg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Doppelkirche.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bonn tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Duisburg to Bonn in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. In May, daytime highs in Bonn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paderborn.

Things to do in Bonn

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails

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As a home to some of Germany's most recognizable computer-tech companies, such as Siemens, Paderborn rebuilt itself as a center for higher education and information technology after World War II. Parts of its historic center, including cathedrals and traditional timbered houses, have been lovingly restored.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at Deutsches Traktoren Und Modellauto-Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Vogelpark Heiligenkirchen, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Jesuit Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Marktkirche, take a stroll around Rathaus, then don't miss a visit to Abdinghofkirche, then examine the collection at Museum in der Kaiserpfalz (Imperial Palace Museum), and finally admire the striking features of The Adam-and-Eve-House.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Paderborn trip planner.

Drive from Bonn to Paderborn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Paderborn are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Muenster.

Things to do in Paderborn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Bicycle Capital of Germany

Though relatively small and often overlooked by tourists, Muenster offers an interesting combination of a hip social scene and visible medieval history.
Explore hidden gems such as Freizeitpark Ketteler Hof and Stadthafen. Kids will enjoy Friedenssaal - Peace Hall and Promenade. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Prinzipalmarkt, appreciate the history behind Kiepenkerl Denkmal, pause for some serene contemplation at Lambertikirche, and step into the grandiose world of Schloss Munster.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Muenster road trip website.

Getting from Paderborn to Muenster by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In May, daytime highs in Muenster are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C.

Things to do in Muenster

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

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North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

Churches · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
North Rhine-Westphalia is in many ways almost a country unto itself. It's noted for its dense concentration of museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls, and opera houses. The most populous German state, North Rhine-Westphalia was created at the end of World War II. It joined two Prussian provinces and a small fiefdom. The region's landscapes include flat expanses, densely forested hills, mighty rivers, and rugged mountains. Known for more than a century as the land of coal and steel, this was one of Europe's most important industrial regions in the post-war recovery period. Facing new demands of the ever-changing European markets, the region shifted its energies in the second half of the 20th century. Now it focuses on high-tech industries, media, and culture. Your itinerary may include days sightseeing in the region's bustling metropolises, but don't miss a chance to drive out into the sprawling countryside. You'll find a trove of quiet villages virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages.