15 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

15 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Rhine-Westphalia tour itinerary planner

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Aachen
— 1 night
Drive
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Cologne
— 4 nights
Drive
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Muenster
— 3 nights
Drive
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Horn-Bad Meinberg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Essen
— 4 nights
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Aachen

— 1 night

City of Water

Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Citykirche St. Nikolaus, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then admire the landmark architecture of Aachener Rathaus, and finally ponder the design of Karlsbrunnen. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Markt, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Aachen, then don't miss a visit to Puppenbrunnen, then pause for some serene contemplation at Aachen Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Couven Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Aachen route planning website.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Aachen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Aachen. Traveling from Tel Aviv in July, expect Aachen to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Aachen

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Parks

Cologne

— 4 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Explore Cologne's surroundings by going to Bonn (Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland & Rheinaue) and Classic Remise Dusseldorf (in Dusseldorf). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, stop by Historic Old Town, and make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cologne trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Aachen to Cologne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Muenster.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muenster

— 3 nights

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bielefeld (Botanischer Garten & Sparrenburg), Emsdettener Venn (in Emsdetten) and Burg Vischering (in Ludinghausen). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Lambert's Church, stop by Prinzipalmarkt, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden Munster.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Muenster trip planning site.

Getting from Cologne to Muenster by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daytime highs in Muenster are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Horn-Bad Meinberg.

Things to do in Muenster

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Horn-Bad Meinberg

— 2 nights
Horn-Bad Meinberg is a German city in the Principality of Lippe in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia on the edge of the Teutoburg forest. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Paderborn Cathedral (Dom zu Paderborn), examine the collection at HNF MuseumsForum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Adlerwarte Berlebeck, and finally head outdoors with Externsteine. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Vogelpark Heiligenkirchen, make a trip to Hermannsdenkmal, then examine the collection at LWL-Open-Air Museum Detmold (LWL Freilichtmuseum Detmold), and finally examine the collection at Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Horn-Bad Meinberg route builder site.

You can drive from Muenster to Horn-Bad Meinberg in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Essen.

Things to do in Horn-Bad Meinberg

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Essen

— 4 nights

Shopping City

For centuries one of Germany's major coal and steel centers, Essen offers some of Germany's best shopping, religious sites, and historical atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Essen: Dusseldorf (Rheinuferpromenade, Altstadt, &more), Movie Park Germany (in Bottrop) and Dortmund (Phonix West & Westfalenpark). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, take in the dramatic scenery at Botanischer Garten Grugapark, examine the collection at German Mining Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoom Erlebniswelt.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Essen online trip builder.

Drive from Horn-Bad Meinberg to Essen in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Essen

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

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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.