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North Rhine-Westphalia

Explore modern cities speckled with medieval relics in Germany’s most populous state, which straddles the banks of the magnificent Rhine River.

The northwestern state of North Rhine-Westphalia is a low-lying and picturesque region containing some of Germany’s largest cities. From the banks of the lower Rhine River to the gorge of Porta Westfalica, the region is largely rural and interspersed with historic towns. Explore North Rhine-Westphalia to discover modern metropolitan character and go on scenic daytrips to mountainous southern retreats.

Check out the state capital, Düsseldorf, to experience this vivacious city on the banks of the Rhine-Ruhr. The capital is the region’s leader for fashion and trade. Tour its Old Town, which was almost completely destroyed during World War II and meticulously rebuilt using historic city plans. Stroll the old streets to find numerous bars, coffee shops and brew houses.

Visit the state’s largest city, Cologne (Köln), to explore one of the greatest medieval cities in the Holy Roman Empire. Magnificent Romanesque churches line the streets and the banks of the Rhine in a display that’s one of Germany’s most impressive cityscapes. In one sweep, you’ll see the Church of St. Martin, City Hall Tower, the Museum Ludwig, the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) and the modern Hohenzollernbrücke. As well as viewing the Kölner Dom from afar, be sure to visit it as it’s the tallest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world. Consider coming to this vibrant city during its famous Kölner Karneval or the Gay Pride Festival.

Charming Bonn is nicknamed “Italy’s most northern city” and is characterized by its romantic cafés and bustling beer gardens. Visit museums dedicated to Beethoven, who was born here, and watch an orchestral performance of his cherished music.

Dortmund and Essen are two fascinating cities built on the foundations of monasteries. Watch a soccer match at the home of Borussia Dortmund FC at Westfalenstadion and visit the monumental Old Synagogue in Essen. At the end of a day’s exploring, be sure to relax with a regional beer, such as Alt or Kölsch.

Fly into major airports in Düsseldorf or Cologne or catch one of Germany’s convenient intercity trains to access North Rhine-Westphalia’s outer reaches. Public transportation is fast and efficient in the Rhine-Ruhr, but renting a car could be a better option for exploring the countryside. Visit at any time of the year to enjoy traditional cuisine, cozy beer gardens and exciting carnivals.


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Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf £103
Reviewed on 9 Sep 2019
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Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf

Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf

     
    4.4 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Stylish hotel walking distance from the airport, in a pleasant area. Comfortable room and good facilities.

    Maritim Hotel Köln £89
    Reviewed on 7 Sep 2019
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    Maritim Hotel Köln

    Maritim Hotel Köln

    Heumarkt 20, Cologne, NW
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Fantastic Hotel,probably the best I've ever stayed in!!! We were lucky to have been upgraded to two suites ( 2 standard rooms were booked )Wonderful views over the Rhine,wraparound balcony. Very quiet,coffee machine, 2 T.V's slipppers & robe!!Couldnt be better,& would defo stay there again if ever ...

      Dorint An der Messe Köln £105
      Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019
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      Dorint An der Messe Köln

      Dorint An der Messe Köln

      Deutz-Muelheimer-Str. 22 - 24, Cologne, NW
         
        4.3 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Booked a standard room so wasn’t expecting much, it far exceeded our expectations. Close walk to the centre and if you are visiting for the convention centre or the arena it’s the perfect location. Would stay here again.

        Holiday Inn Express Essen - City Centre £49
        Reviewed on 8 Aug 2019
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        Holiday Inn Express Essen - City Centre

        Holiday Inn Express Essen - City Centre

        Thea-Leymann-Str. 11, Essen, NW
           
          4.1 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          All ok. Very friendly staff with a smile on their face. The room was clean

          Cologne Marriott Hotel £85
          Reviewed on 9 Sep 2019
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          Cologne Marriott Hotel

          Cologne Marriott Hotel

          Johannisstr. 76-80, Cologne, NW
             
            4.4 of 5
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            Close to the train station. Very quiet and comfortable room.

            Hotel Nikko Düsseldorf £79
            Reviewed on 7 Aug 2019
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            Hotel Nikko Düsseldorf

            Hotel Nikko Düsseldorf

               
              3.9 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Every thing ok except the A/C In the suit is very bad

              Steigenberger Hotel Köln £87
              Reviewed on 25 Aug 2019
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              Steigenberger Hotel Köln

              Steigenberger Hotel Köln

              Habsburgerring 9-13, Cologne, NW
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Good location. Very walkable. Lovely lounge and hotel bar. Friendly and helpful staff.

                Hyatt Regency Cologne £129
                Reviewed on 4 Sep 2019
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                Hyatt Regency Cologne

                Hyatt Regency Cologne

                Kennedy-Ufer 2a, Cologne, NW
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great location in the heart of cologne. Right in the middle of everything.

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