9 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

9 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

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9 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly + Drive:  7 h
1
Hagen
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Bielefeld
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Winterberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Cologne
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Milan

1
night
Hagen

Hagen ©
Hagen is the 41st-largest city in Germany. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Hohenhof.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hagen route planner.

Milan, Italy to Hagen is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Milan in April, with highs in Hagen at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bielefeld.

Things to do in Hagen

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Kilian, German Mining Museum, Burg Altena
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German Mining Museum ©
German Mining Museum
Burg Altena ©
Burg Altena
Hohenhof ©
Hohenhof

2
nights
Bielefeld

Bielefeld ©
Historically a center of Europe’s linen industry, Bielefeld today combines rich local culture with a tradition of innovation and commercial development.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at LWL-Open-Air Museum Detmold (LWL Freilichtmuseum Detmold), don't miss a visit to Hermannsdenkmal, and then get outside with Externsteine. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuhaus, see the interesting displays at HNF MuseumsForum, take some stellar pictures from The Adam-and-Eve-House, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paderborn Cathedral (Dom zu Paderborn), and finally explore the historical opulence of Sparrenburg.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bielefeld trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Hagen to Bielefeld by car takes about 1.5 hours. April in Bielefeld sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Winterberg.

Things to do in Bielefeld

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Paderborn, Detmold, Externsteine
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Sparrenburg ©
Sparrenburg
Paderborn Cathedral (Dom zu Paderborn) ©
Schloss Neuhaus ©
Schloss Neuhaus

2
nights
Winterberg

Winterberg ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): hit the slopes at Skiliftkarussell Winterberg and then don't miss a visit to Kunstschmiede Schutte. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Schieferschaubergwerk Raumland, see the interesting displays at Maschinen- und Heimatmuseum Eslohe, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rothaarsteig.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Winterberg travel planner.

You can drive from Bielefeld to Winterberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Winterberg

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Schieferschaubergwerk Raumland, Maschinen- und Heimatmuseum Eslohe, Rothaarsteig, Kunstschmiede Schutte
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Skiliftkarussell Winterberg ©
Skiliftkarussell Winterberg
Schieferschaubergwerk Raumland ©
Schieferschaubergwerk Raumland
Kunstschmiede Schutte ©
Kunstschmiede Schutte

3
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Appreciate the collections at LVR-Freilichtmuseum Kommern and Zoologisches Museum Konig. Popular historic sites such as St. Maria im Kapitol and Praetorium are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Melaten-Friedhof, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of the Three Kings, steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen, and examine the collection at Kolumba.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Cologne trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Winterberg to Cologne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kommern Open Air Museum, Schloss Augustusburg, Zoologisches Museum Konig
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Gross St. Martin ©
Gross St. Martin
Shrine of the Three Kings ©
Shrine of the Three Kings
Melaten-Friedhof
Melaten-Friedhof