Cheap flights to North Rhine-Westphalia

In 1946, northern Rhineland and Westphalia provinces, formerly parts of Prussia, were merged to become the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the most populous state of Germany and the fourth largest in terms of area. Four of the country’s 10 biggest cities – Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, and Essen – are located in the state, with Düsseldorf as the capital, and Cologne as the biggest city.

What to see & do

The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is populated with museums, cultural centres, concert halls, and theatres where tourists will have the chance to be enriched with the state’s and the country’s culture. Notable historic monuments and landmarks here include the medieval architecture in Aachen, Cölner Hofbräu Früh in Cologne, Reinoldikirche and Alter Markt in Dortmund, and the Historical City Hall in Münster. Scenic establishments depicting beautiful modern architecture are also found within the state: the Art Nouveau Zeche Zollern in Dortmund, Neuer Zollhof in Düsseldorf, Haus Lange and Hause Esters in Krefeld, Langen Foundation in Neuss, and Schwebebahn in Wuppertal. Of course, don’t miss the World Heritage Sites – the Aachen Cathedral, Cologne Cathedral, Zeche Zollverein in Essen, and the Augustusberg Palance in Brühl.

The Rhine-Ruhr area, from Köln and Bonn to Duisburg and Dortmund, is one of Europe’s largest metropolitan regions. This is where Düsseldorf and Cologne are located. These cities boast of their respective local beer specialities that are worth trying: Alt brewed in Düsseldorf and the Lower Rhine Region, Kölsch brewed in Cologne, and Dortmunder Export brewed in Dortmund. For a peaceful vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, head to the rural north with flat farmlands, or the mountainous south, where it is known for its scenic nature. Sauerland, in particular, is a popular weekend retreat.

How to get around within North Rhine-Westphalia

The metropolitan area of Rhine-Ruhr has a good network of public transportation. The area is being served by buses and trains, and travelling is convenient with the unified ticketing system. A single ticket can be used for local, regional, and express trains, as well as light rail systems, trams, and buses. The cities are also connected by motorways, although these can be crowded especially in the major cities. Public transportation in the rural areas is infrequent, however. In this case, travellers are advised to bring their own vehicle or rent one when exploring the countryside.

How to get there

The major airports in North Rhine-Westphalia are Düsseldorf Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport. These airports are served by several airlines with domestic and international flights. Dortmund Airport, on the other hand is mainly used for low-cost and leisure charter flights to North Rhine-Westphalia. Travellers can also land on Frankfurt Airport, and head to the Cologne via a high-speed rail. Buses from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport also travel to Cologne. The major cities in North Rhine-Westphalia are connected with the rest of Germany and Europe through high-speed trains as well as motorways.

Flights to North Rhine-Westphalia

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