55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

55 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Baden, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Berlin-Tegel Airport
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 5 nights
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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Manchester, United Kingdom
— 5 nights
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London, United Kingdom
— 6 nights
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Nantes, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Namur, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Brussels, Belgium
— 4 nights
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The Hague, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
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Baden, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Baden, sometimes unofficially, to distinguish it from other Badens, called Baden bei Zürich or Baden im Aargau, is a municipality in Switzerland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Wildegg Castle and Swiss Science Center Technorama. Your inner history buff will appreciate Hallwyl Castle and Ruine Stein. Get out of town with these interesting Baden side-trips: Munot (in Schaffhausen) and Augusta Raurica (in Augst). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with Peakdivers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Romisch Katholische Kirche, and contemplate the waterfront views at Klingnauer Stausee.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Baden trip planner.

Zurich to Baden is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also drive. June in Baden sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Baden

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 5 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
The Dresden Zwinger and Topography of Terror will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pergamonmuseum and East Side Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berlin: Dresden (Katholische Hofkirche, Bruehlsche Terrasse, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Charlottenburg Palace, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, don't miss a visit to Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin travel planning website.

Explore your travel options from Baden to Berlin with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 5 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Nyhavn and Kastellet are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Rosenborg Castle and Frederiks Kirke (Marmorkirken) are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Copenhagen to Helsingoer to see Kronborg about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral, and stop by Stroeget.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Copenhagen trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Copenhagen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Copenhagen can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Edinburgh.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Athens of the North

World Heritage-listed Edinburgh combines ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Edinburgh Castle and St Giles' Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Royal Yacht Britannia and National Museum of Scotland. Venture out of the city with trips to The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (in Seahouses), Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre (in Berwick upon Tweed) and Church of Saint Aidan Bamburgh (in Bamburgh). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Strathblane Falconry, explore the historical opulence of Stirling Castle, make a trip to Palace of Holyroodhouse, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arthur's Seat.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Edinburgh online journey maker.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Edinburgh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Manchester.

Things to do in Edinburgh

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Manchester, United Kingdom

— 5 nights

Capital of the North

Unofficially dubbed the Capital of the North, Manchester is known for its influence on industry and music, as well as its world-renowned connection to sports.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National Railway Museum and Science and Industry Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sizergh Castle and Chatsworth House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Manchester: National Centre for Birds of Prey (in Helmsley), Beacon Alpacas (in Husthwaite) and York Bird of Prey Centre (in Huby). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Predator Experience, see the interesting displays at National Football Museum, ponder the world of politics at Manchester Town Hall, and explore the engaging exhibits at Clayton Hall Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Manchester vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Edinburgh to Manchester takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. June in Manchester sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to London.

Things to do in Manchester

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

London, United Kingdom

— 6 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
The British Museum and Westminster Abbey are good opportunities to explore the local culture. National Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to The Hawking Centre (in Doddington), Coda Falconry (in Waltham Abbey) and Abbotts View AlpacasAbbotts View Farm (in Aylesbury). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum, contemplate the long history of Buckingham Palace, ponder the world of politics at Houses of Parliament, and make a trip to Coca-Cola London Eye.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our London trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Manchester to London takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June, daytime highs in London are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Nantes.

Things to do in London

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Nantes, France

— 3 nights

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Les Machines de L'ile and Chateau de Brissac. Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul. Explore Nantes' surroundings by going to Angers (Chateau d'Angers & Cathedrale Saint-Maurice d'Angers) and Detours en Loire (in Le Cellier). There's still lots to do: stroll around Arboretum Cimetiere Parc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port, steep yourself in history at Porte Saint-Pierre, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nantes online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from London to Nantes by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Nantes, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in June, expect nights in Nantes to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 7 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Museum-lovers will appreciate Louvre Museum and Fondation Claude Monet. Venture out of the city with trips to Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet & Palace of Versailles), Rouen (Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen & Rue du Gros-Horloge) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip site.

Take a train from Nantes to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. July in Paris sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Namur.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Namur, Belgium

— 2 nights
Namur is a city and municipality in Wallonia, Belgium. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Citadelle de Dinant, delve into the distant past at Parc de Furfooz, and then see the interesting displays at Felicien Rops Museum (Musee Felicien Rops). On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Tresor d'Hugo d'Oignies, contemplate the long history of Citadelle (Citadel), then stop by Galler Chocolatier Namur, and finally identify plant and animal life at La Roche-aux-Faucons.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Namur trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Paris to Namur by car takes about 4 hours. When traveling from Paris in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Namur: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Namur

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Brussels, Belgium

— 4 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Groeningemuseum and Musical Instruments Museum (MIM) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Grand Place and Saint Bavo's Cathedral for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Gravensteen (in Ghent) and Bruges (Historic Centre of Brugge & Church of Our Lady Bruges). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Atomium, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Brussels, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and explore the world behind art at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Namur to Brussels by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Brussels are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the train to The Hague.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

The Hague, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Judicial Capital of the World

Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): find something for the whole family at Madurodam and then explore the world behind art at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our The Hague online day trip planner.

You can take a train from Brussels to The Hague in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in The Hague can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Van Gogh Museum and Frans Hals Museum. Anne Frank House and Willet-Holthuysen Museum will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Haarlem (Grote Markt, Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), &more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam road trip planning tool.

You can drive from The Hague to Amsterdam in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Den Bosch.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Den Bosch, The Netherlands

— 1 night
The fortified city of Den Bosch impresses with its well-preserved 16th- and 17th-century architecture.
On the 23rd (Fri), contemplate the long history of VVV Bezoekerscentrum De Moriaan, then take an in-depth tour of Noordbrabants Museum, then admire the striking features of St. John's Cathedral, and finally identify plant and animal life at Het Bossche Broek.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Den Bosch road trip planning website.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Den Bosch in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Den Bosch sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Den Bosch

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, then admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, then snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Chocolate Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum and then get engrossed in the history at Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cologne trip builder.

Traveling by car from Den Bosch to Cologne takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Denmark travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

United Kingdom travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Castles
Home to an impressive 25 World Heritage sites, the United Kingdom, which includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, has hundreds of museums to explore, thousands of parks and gardens to stroll through, and tens of thousands of communities to discover. From Land’s End in the south to John O’Groats in the north, the country is packed with tourist attractions that can fill a range of itineraries. With nearly 30 million tourists visiting every year, the UK is ranked among the top ten holiday destinations in the world. Known for its royalty, this country also represents a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures. Although Britannia no longer rules the waves, it possesses a captivating history and a dynamic modern culture, both of which remain hugely influential on the rest of the world.

Greater Manchester travel guide

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Entertainment Centers · Nightlife · Room Escape Games
Greater Manchester is a mix of high-density urban areas, modern suburbs, and quaint rural locations. In the 19th century, this region flourished as a global center of the cotton industry. Today it remains one of the country’s largest and most vibrant commercial areas, providing you with a multitude of vacation ideas. The region’s biggest and most significant urban center is Manchester, considered the social, economic, and cultural capital of this part of England. Noisy, vibrant, and truly multicultural, Greater Manchester is well connected to all other parts of the country by a first-class network of roads and one of the finest light-rail systems in the country, carrying nearly 20 million passengers each year and making it great place to base your holiday in this region. The area once had a negative reputation from its industrial past, but it's now a thriving urban region, known for its diversity and acceptance of all cultures--a pleasant attribute that makes up what it may lack in tourist attractions.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Belgium travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Monuments
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

North Brabant Province travel guide

4.2
Theme Parks · Specialty Museums · Zoos

North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · 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.