North Rhine-Westphalia

Find out interesting facts about your stay in North Rhine-Westphalia here.

North Rhine-Westphalia is a partially sovereign member state of the Federal Republic of Germany. With around 18.1 million inhabitants, it is the most populous state in Germany. The state capital is Düsseldorf; the city with the most inhabitants is Cologne.

Facts about Rhine-Westphalia


Capital City


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17.93 million

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Surface Area

21,187.52 mi² or 34,098 km²

Popular cities in North Rhine-Westphalia

  • Bonn
  • Cologne
  • Essen
  • Düsseldorf
  • Dortmund
  • Bielefeld
  • Münster
  • Duisburg
  • Wuppertal
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Ruhr Area

At the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia beats a region that is unique in Germany: the Ruhr region is an urban area in which the boundaries between cities are blurred and which has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent decades. Where once steel was produced and coal mined, today there are renaturalized green spaces and recreational areas that invite you to go for walks and bike rides. Former industrial sites have been transformed into centers for art and culture, recreational sports and entertainment. This is a living manifestation of industrial culture.

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Things to know about North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is special because of its diverse characteristics and its outstanding economic, cultural and geographical importance. Some of the special features of NRW are:

  1. Industrial strength: NRW is historically known for its strong industrial base, particularly in the Ruhr region, where coal mining and steel production once flourished. This industry has strongly influenced the development of the region and made it an important economic driver in Germany.
  2. Cultural diversity: NRW is home to a rich cultural scene with renowned museums, theaters, opera houses and galleries. Cities such as Cologne, Düsseldorf and Essen are internationally renowned for their cultural diversity and artistic heritage.
  3. Educational institutions: NRW has a large number of renowned universities and colleges that offer a first-class education. RWTH Aachen University, the University of Bonn and the University of Cologne are just a few examples of leading educational institutions in the region.
  4. Nature and landscape: Although NRW is heavily industrialized, the region also offers an impressive natural environment with rivers, forests and parks. The Rhine, the Sauerland and the Teutoburg Forest are just some of the scenic highlights that visitors and locals alike can enjoy.
  5. Location and infrastructure: NRW is located in the heart of Europe and has an excellent transport infrastructure, including airports, highways and rail networks. This makes the region an important transportation hub and facilitates trade and mobility within Europe.
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