9 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

9 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North Rhine-Westphalia Trip Planner

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Velbert
— 1 night
Drive
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Dusseldorf
— 1 day
Drive
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Cologne
— 1 night
Drive
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Wuppertal
— 1 night
Train
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Solingen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bochum
— 2 nights
Drive
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Essen
— 1 night
Drive
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Velbert
— 1 day

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Velbert

— 1 night
Velbert is a large town in the district of Mettmann, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Altstadt Hattingen has been added to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Altstadt Hattingen.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Velbert online trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Düsseldorf Airport, Dortmund Airport, Cologne Bonn Airport, Weeze Airport and Münster Osnabrück Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dusseldorf.
Highlights from your trip

Dusseldorf

— 1 day

Fashion Capital of Germany

Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Schloss Benrath, Rheinturm, Heinemann Confiserie, and other attractions. On the 3rd (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Stadterhebungsmonument, make a trip to Schlossturm, make a trip to Kirche St. Andreas, then look for gifts at Heinemann Confiserie, then take in panoramic vistas at Rheinturm, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Schloss Benrath.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dusseldorf trip planner.

Traveling by car from Velbert to Dusseldorf takes an hour. In June in Dusseldorf, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Cologne

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Hohenzollern Bridge, Historische Senfmuehle, Cologne Cathedral, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen, make a trip to Shrine of the Three Kings, pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, then examine the collection at Historische Senfmuehle, and finally take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge.

To plan Cologne vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Dusseldorf to Cologne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Cologne, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Wuppertal.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Museums

Wuppertal

— 1 night

City with the Suspended Monorail

Though its origins date to the 12th century, Wuppertal has been at the forefront of technological development since the German Empire.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Schloss Luntenbeck as well as St. Laurentius Wuppertal. On the 5th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Laurentius Wuppertal and then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Luntenbeck.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Wuppertal online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Wuppertal takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Solingen.

Things to do in Wuppertal

Historic Sites

Solingen

— 2 nights
Solingen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Your day by day itinerary now includes Botanischer Garten Solingen, Schloss Burg, Kunstmuseum Solingen, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): head outdoors with Botanischer Garten Solingen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Solingen, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Burg, and then find something for the whole family at Marchenwald Altenberg.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Solingen attractions planner.

Solingen is just a stone's throw from Wuppertal. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bochum.

Things to do in Solingen

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Bochum

— 2 nights
Once a booming mining city and a critical piece of Germany’s heavily industrialized Ruhr region, Bochum today has morphed into a major hub of the service sector.
On the 7th (Wed), examine the collection at LWL-Industriemuseum Schiffshebewerk Henrichenburg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): look for gifts at Palais Vest, examine the collection at LWL Romermuseum, then browse the exhibits of Burg Vischering, and finally see the interesting displays at Zentrum fuer Internationale Lichtkunst Unna.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bochum trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Solingen to Bochum by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Essen.

Things to do in Bochum

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Essen

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen as well as CentrO. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stop by CentrO and then contemplate the long history of Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen.

Make your Essen itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Essen is just a stone's throw from Bochum. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Velbert.

Things to do in Essen

Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Velbert

— 1 day
Your day by day itinerary now includes Altstadt Hattingen as well as St. Georg Kirche. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to St. Georg Kirche and then don't miss a visit to Altstadt Hattingen.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Velbert attractions website.

Velbert is just a stone's throw from Essen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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.