60 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

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Essen
— 5 nights
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Dortmund
— 6 nights
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Rheine
— 3 nights
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Bielefeld
— 3 nights
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Medebach
— 5 nights
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Wuppertal
— 5 nights
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Dusseldorf
— 7 nights
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Monschau
— 7 nights
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Cologne
— 8 nights
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Bonn
— 10 nights
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Essen — 5 nights

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.
Visit Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen and Ronald McDonald Haus for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Botanischer Garten Grugapark and Baldeneysee. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Essen: Freizeitpark Ketteler Hof (in Haltern am See) and LVR-Archaologischer Park Xanten (in Xanten). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Red Dot Design Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Schloss Borbeck, and learn more about the world around you at Ruhr Museum.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Essen driving holiday tool.

Cairo, Egypt to Essen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Essen is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dortmund.
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Dortmund — 6 nights

Green Metropolis

Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Take a break from the city and head to Aasee and Bergehalde Grosses Holz. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like German Football Museum and Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom). Venture out of the city with trips to Sommerrodelbahn Willingen (in Willingen), Lowenburg Castle (in Kassel) and Muenster (Wochenmarkt Muenster, St Lambert's Church, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at LWL Industrial Museum Zollern, explore the world behind art at HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical garden Rombergpark.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dortmund trip builder tool.

Getting from Essen to Dortmund by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Dortmund can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rheine.
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Rheine — 3 nights

Rheine is a town in the district of Steinfurt in Westphalia, Germany. Do some cultural sightseeing at Burg Bentheim and Felix Nussbaum Haus. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dom Sankt Petrus and Erich Maria Remarque Friedenszentrum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rheine: Kornmuhle (in Nordhorn), Artland Golfclub (in Ankum) and Reformed Evangelical Church (in Schuettorf). There's more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at NaturZoo Rheine.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rheine trip planner.

Getting from Dortmund to Rheine by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Rheine are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bielefeld.
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Bielefeld — 3 nights

Historically a center of Europe’s linen industry, Bielefeld today combines rich local culture with a tradition of innovation and commercial development.
Get in touch with nature at Externsteine and Wildpark Diedrichsburg. Get some historical perspective at Sparrenburg and Paderborn Cathedral (Dom zu Paderborn). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bielefeld: Automuseum Melle (in Melle), HNF MuseumsForum (in Paderborn) and Hermannsdenkmal (in Detmold). There's more to do: get to know the resident critters at Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen and admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bielefeld vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rheine to Bielefeld takes 1.5 hours. October in Bielefeld sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Medebach.
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Medebach — 5 nights

Medebach is a town in the Hochsauerland district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.GeographyMedebach is situated approximately 15km east of Winterberg, 17km south-west of Korbach and 45km north of Marburg.Neighbouring municipalities Korbach Lichtenfels Willingen WinterbergDivision of the townBesides, the town center of Medebach, the municipality consists of the following districts, formerly independent villages: with Roninghausen with WissinghausenInternational relationsMedebach is twinned with 25px Locminé (France) 25px Worbis (Germany)HistoryThe town was first mentioned in a document in 1144. Get a sense of the local culture at Marburger Landgrafenschloss Museum and Wetzlar Cathedral. Kids will appreciate attractions like Mathematikum and Historische Altstadt Wetzlar. Change things up with these side-trips from Medebach: Wetzlar (Burg Kalsmunt & Leitz-Park), Marburg (Rathaus Marburg, St. Elizabeth Kirche, &more) and Schloss Braunfels (in Braunfels). There's lots more to do: let little ones run wild at Aventura - Der Spielberg, see the interesting displays at NationalparkZentrum Kellerwald, appreciate the extensive heritage of Tylenturm, and identify plant and animal life at WildtierPark Edersee.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Medebach online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Bielefeld to Medebach by car takes about 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Medebach can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Wuppertal.
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Wuppertal — 5 nights

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.
Do your shopping at City-Arkaden Wuppertal and Rathaus Galerie. Kids will enjoy Nordbahntrasse and Schloss Burg. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, examine the collection at Museum fur Fruhindustrialisierung, don't miss a visit to Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal, and get engrossed in the history at Bandweberei & Museum Kafka.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Wuppertal road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Medebach to Wuppertal takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dusseldorf.
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Dusseldorf — 7 nights

Fashion Capital of Germany

Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Family-friendly places like Schloss Benrath and Museum Kunstpalast will thrill your kids. Do your shopping at Carlsplatz Markt and Altstadt. Go for a jaunt from Dusseldorf to Twisteden to see Irrland about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of EKO-Haus der Japanischen Kultur e.V., admire the landmark architecture of St. Lambertus Church, take a stroll through Dusseldorf-Oberkassel, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Andreas.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dusseldorf trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Wuppertal to Dusseldorf in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Dusseldorf, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monschau.
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Monschau — 7 nights

Monschau is a small resort town in the Eifel region of western Germany, located in the district Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia.GeographyThe town is located in the hills of the North Eifel, within the Hohes Venn – Eifel Nature Park in the narrow valley of the Rur river.The historic town center has many preserved half-timbered houses and narrow streets have remained nearly unchanged for 300 years, making the town a popular tourist attraction nowadays. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Konstantinbasilika and St. Paulin-Kirche. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Liebfrauenkirche, Trier and Gemuendener Maar. Explore Monschau's surroundings by going to Abtei Himmerod (in Grosslittgen), Trier (Kurfurstliches Palais, Rituals, &more) and Romische Langmauer (in Herforst). There's still lots to do: stroll around Naturparkzentrum Teufelsschlucht, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aachen Cathedral, admire the local landmark of Kreislauf des Geldes, and steep yourself in history at Aachener Rathaus.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Monschau trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Dusseldorf to Monschau in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Cologne.
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Cologne — 8 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cologne Cathedral and Wallraf-Richartz Museum. You'll explore and learn at Chocolate Museum and Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum. Pack the 25th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Phantasialand. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Maria im Kapitol, steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen, examine the collection at Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Gereon's Basilica.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cologne online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Monschau to Cologne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In November, daytime highs in Cologne are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bonn.
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Bonn — 10 nights

Little Big Town

The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn is one of the country's oldest cities.
Appreciate the collections at Historische Senfmuehle and Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem. Escape the urban bustle at Calmont Klettersteig and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get out of town with these interesting Bonn side-trips: Pfarrkirche St. Clemens (in Mayen), Schloss Drachenburg (in Koenigswinter) and Niederburg Manderscheid (in Manderscheid). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum Roemervilla, make a trip to Dokumentationsstatte Regierungsbunker, look for gifts at Haribo Store, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bonner Munster.

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You can drive from Cologne to Bonn in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or ride a tram. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 4°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

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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.
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