17 days in Ruhr Area Itinerary

17 days in Ruhr Area Itinerary

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17 days in Ruhr Area Itinerary

Start: Izmir, Turkey
Drive:  30​h
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Izmir, Turkey


Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Burg Altena and Hohensyburg Castle will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zeche Zollern II/IV, Westfalian Museum of Industry and Schloss Nordkirchen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dortmund: Castle Vischering (in Ludinghausen), Lutherische Pfarrkirche St. Marien (in Marburg) and Ruine Weidelsburg (in Wolfhagen). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Phoenix See, pause for some serene contemplation at Marktkirche, step into the grandiose world of Orangerie, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bergmann Brauerei.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Dortmund online trip planner .

Izmir, Turkey to Dortmund is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Izmir in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Dortmund, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Xanten.

Things to do in Dortmund

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Paderborn, Witten, Schloss Rheda, Burg Altena, Orangerie
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Burg Altena ©
Burg Altena
Ruine Weidelsburg ©
Ruine Weidelsburg
Schloss Nordkirchen ©
Schloss Nordkirchen


Xanten ©
Xanten is a town in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Viktor Dom and LVR-RomerMuseum. Get some cultural insight at LVR-Archaologischer Park Xanten and Marktplatz. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Xanten: Kloster Kamp (in Kamp-Lintfort), Teverener Heide (in Geilenkirchen) and Minto (in Monchengladbach). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilika St. Marien, make a trip to Museum Wasserburg Anholt, see the interesting displays at Siegfriedmuseum Xanten, and explore the world behind art at StiftsMuseum Xanten.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Xanten journey planning site .

Getting from Dortmund to Xanten by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Xanten

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kevelaer, Minto, Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Britischer Ehrenfriedhof, Teverener Heide, Museum Wasserburg Anholt
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St. Viktor Dom ©
St. Viktor Dom
Basilika St. Marien ©
Basilika St. Marien