5 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

5 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Rhine-Westphalia attractions planner

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Fly to Düsseldorf Airport, Drive to Essen
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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.
On the 5th (Mon), look for gifts at Altstadt, get to know the fascinating history of Rheinuferpromenade, and then take a stroll through Konigsallee. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along River Rhine, enjoy breathtaking views from Rheinturm, then let the kids burn off some steam at Blauer See Duisburg-Bissingheim, and finally contemplate the long history of Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Essen tour planning site.

New York City, USA to Essen is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Essen. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bielefeld.

Things to do in Essen

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips


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Historically a center of Europe’s linen industry, Bielefeld today combines rich local culture with a tradition of innovation and commercial development.
X-it-ADVENTURES - Escape Room Bielefeld has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): head outdoors with Aquatica Wassersport, enjoy some diversion at X-it-ADVENTURES - Escape Room Bielefeld, then hike along Schopketal Oerlinghausen, and finally step into the grandiose world of Sparrenburg.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bielefeld vacation builder site.

You can drive from Essen to Bielefeld in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April in Bielefeld, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Bielefeld

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trip


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City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 8th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, then take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, then examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, and finally make a trip to KolnTriangle.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Cologne trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Bielefeld to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In April in Cologne, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums

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.