15 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

15 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Essen
— 4 nights
2
Detmold
— 2 nights
3
Aachen
— 2 nights
4
Cologne
— 4 nights

4
nights
Essen

Essen ©
For centuries one of Germany's major coal and steel centers, Essen offers some of Germany's best shopping, religious sites, and historical atmosphere.
Explore Essen's surroundings by going to Dusseldorf (ArcheoPoint, Konigsallee, &more), Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg (in Duisburg) and Slinky Springs to Fame (in Oberhausen). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, contemplate the waterfront views at Aasee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom), and get engrossed in the history at LVR-Archaologischer Park Xanten.

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

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Essen is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan to Essen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Detmold.

Things to do in Essen

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Dusseldorf, Muenster, Duisburg, Oberhausen, Bergehalde Grosses Holz
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Botanical Garden Munster ©
Botanical Garden Munster
Rheinturm ©
Rheinturm

2
nights
Detmold

Detmold ©
Detmold is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, with a population of about 73,400 (2013). On the 7th (Wed), make a trip to Hermannsdenkmal, examine the collection at LWL-Open-Air Museum Detmold (LWL Freilichtmuseum Detmold), thenget outside with Externsteine, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Adlerwarte Berlebeck. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Paderborn Cathedral (Dom zu Paderborn), thensee the interesting displays at HNF MuseumsForum, thenexplore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuhaus, and finally stroll around Grune Winkel.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Detmold tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Essen to Detmold in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Detmold, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aachen.

Things to do in Detmold

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Paderborn, Externsteine, Grune Winkel
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Hermannsdenkmal ©
Hermannsdenkmal
Adlerwarte Berlebeck ©
Adlerwarte Berlebeck

2
nights
Aachen

Aachen ©
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): make a trip to Elisenbrunnen, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some photo ops at Printenmadchen, thensteep yourself in history at Aachener Rathaus, thenadmire the local landmark of Karlsbrunnen, and finally don't miss a visit to Puppenbrunnen. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikolaus Kloster, walk around BORUSSIA-PARK, thenget to know the resident critters at Tierpark Aachen, and finally make a trip to Markt.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Aachen planning site.

You can drive from Detmold to Aachen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Aachen, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cologne.

Things to do in Aachen

Historic Sites Parks Spas

Side Trips

BORUSSIA-PARK, Nikolaus Kloster
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Aachen Cathedral ©
Aachen Cathedral
Aachener Rathaus ©
Aachener Rathaus
Spas

4
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Pack the 12th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Phantasialand. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Flora.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Cologne trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Aachen to Cologne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Museums Parks

Side Trip

Phantasialand
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

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