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North Rhine-Westphalia

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. Customize your holiday with our Germany holiday planner to create an adventure that suits you.
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Places to visit in North Rhine-Westphalia

Cologne Best for: Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Historic Sites Dusseldorf Best for: Shopping, Historic Sites, Museums Aachen Best for: Historic Sites, Spas, Museums Bruhl Best for: Theme Parks, Historic Sites, Museums Bonn Best for: Historic Sites, Museums, Parks

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