21 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

21 days in North Rhine-Westphalia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Essen
— 3 nights
2
Muenster
— 5 nights
3
Cologne
— 7 nights
4
Aachen
— 5 nights

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dusseldorf (Altstadt, Rheinturm, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, explore the activities along Sechs-Seen-Platte Duisburg, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanischer Garten Grugapark, and walk around Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Essen itinerary planner.

Billund, Denmark to Essen is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Muenster.

Things to do in Essen

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dusseldorf, Duisburg, Burg Vondern
Highlights from your plan
Botanischer Garten Grugapark ©
Botanischer Garten Grugapark
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Rheinturm ©
Rheinturm

5
nights
Muenster

Muenster ©
Though relatively small and often overlooked by tourists, Muenster offers an interesting combination of a hip social scene and visible medieval history.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Muenster: Bielefeld (X-it-ADVENTURES - Escape Room Bielefeld, Botanischer Garten, &more), Kurpark (in Hamm) and Schopketal Oerlinghausen (in Oerlinghausen). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Lambert's Church, browse the collection at Stadtbucherei Munster, contemplate the long history of Muenster Cathedral (St. Paulus Dom), and admire the engineering at Mohnesee Staumauer.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Muenster trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Essen to Muenster in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Muenster can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Muenster

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bielefeld, Kath. Kirchengemeinde St. Marien, Kurpark, Mohnesee Staumauer, Schopketal Oerlinghausen
Highlights from your plan
Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen ©
Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen
X-it-ADVENTURES - Escape Room Bielefeld ©
X-it-ADVENTURES - Escape Room Bielefeld
St Lambert's Church ©
St Lambert's Church

7
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cologne: Koenigswinter (Drachenfels, Schloss Drachenburg, &more), Kurpark Bad Godesberg (in Bonn) and SinnesWald (in Leichlingen). Pack the 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Phantasialand. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cologne, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Muenster to Cologne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Cologne sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aachen.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Koenigswinter, Kurpark Bad Godesberg, SinnesWald, Phantasialand
Highlights from your plan
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge

5
nights
Aachen

Aachen ©
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
Change things up with these side-trips from Aachen: Burg Laufenburg (in Langerwehe), Deutsches Glasmalerei-Museum (in Linnich) and Monschau (Evangelische Stadtkirche Monschau, Museum Rotes Haus, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Aachen Cathedral, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Aachen, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilika Steinfeld, and admire the landmark architecture of Rurtalsperre Schwammenauel.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Aachen trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Cologne to Aachen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Aachen are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aachen

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Monschau, Huertgenwald, Alsdorf, Burg Laufenburg, Deutsches Glasmalerei-Museum
Highlights from your plan
Aachen Cathedral ©
Aachen Cathedral
Aachener Rathaus ©
Aachener Rathaus
Spas

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