22 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

22 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

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Cologne
— 5 nights
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Muenster
— 5 nights
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Detmold
— 5 nights
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Essen
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Cologne

— 5 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Saint Gereon's Basilica and Museum Schnutgen. Get out of town with these interesting Cologne side-trips: Kommern Open Air Museum (in Mechernich) and Bonn (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Altes Rathaus, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shrine of the Three Kings, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, don't miss a visit to Rheinau- hafen, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Melaten-Friedhof.

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Dusseldorf to Cologne is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Muenster.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Muenster

— 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Historisches Rathaus and Botanischer Garten. Change things up with these side-trips from Muenster: Bergehalde Grosses Holz (in Bergkamen), Sparrenburg (in Bielefeld) and Emssee und Emsseepark (in Warendorf). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of City Museum (Stadtmuseum), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Lambert's Church, explore the world behind art at LWL-Museum fur Kunst und Kultur, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden Munster.

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Traveling by car from Cologne to Muenster takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Muenster sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Detmold.

Things to do in Muenster

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Detmold

— 5 nights
Detmold is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with a population of about 73,400 (2013). Discover out-of-the-way places like LWL-Open-Air Museum Detmold (LWL Freilichtmuseum Detmold) and Hermannsdenkmal. Change things up with these side-trips from Detmold: Paderborn (HNF MuseumsForum, Rathaus, &more), Botanischer Garten (in Gutersloh) and Kurpark (in Bad Oeynhausen). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Historische Altstadt, head outdoors with Externsteine, stroll around Weberpark, and explore the historical opulence of Schloss Detmold.

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You can drive from Muenster to Detmold in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Detmold are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Essen.

Things to do in Detmold

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Essen

— 6 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like BORUSSIA-PARK and Villa Hugel. Venture out of the city with trips to Burg Altena (in Altena), Irrland (in Twisteden) and Gnadenkapelle (in Kevelaer). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at LWL-Freilichtmuseum, admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten Grugapark, take a stroll around Gasometer Oberhausen, and walk around Westfalenpark.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Essen trip planner.

You can drive from Detmold to Essen in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Essen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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.