Charlemagne had a reason to make Aachen the centre of his empire: The imperial city of Aachen enchants with its long history, fascinating artistic wealth and elegant shops.
At the edge of the Teutoburg Forest is the historic city of Bielefeld, which can tell of 800 years of exciting city history.
Nowhere else can the character of the Ruhr area be experienced so succinctly as in Bochum. The visible industrial past, the attitude to life of a pulsating city and the outstanding position as a theater and trendy city form an independent profile.
Dortmund surprises. The days when the flaring of excess gases from heavy industry illuminated the night sky glowing red, are long time gone.
It is not only the highway junction Kaiserberg, which is often referred to as the "spaghetti knot“, which associates with the city of Duisburg. The city between the Rhine and Ruhr is one of the most water-rich cities in Germany.
A successful mix of Rhenish zest for life and cosmopolitan flair characterizes the federal state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Even after the Capital of Culture year RUHR.2010 one can speak of the "cultural city of Essen". The UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein, the Villa Hügel and the Museum Folkwang are just a few examples.
Gelsenkirchen is despite its medieval history a product of the industrial age. Here one assumes the montane past and the structural change. For decades, people from many regions in Gelsenkirchen have strived for a partnership and peaceful coexistence.
The oldest megacity in Germany can offer much more than carnival and cathedral. Even today, one can walk in the footsteps of the Romans, who already appreciated the idyllic location on the Rhine more than 2000 years ago.
The textile history of the city of Krefeld cannot only be experienced in the German Textile Museum. As a result, the economic boom also provided architectural landmarks in the cityscape of Krefeld.
One of the youngest cities in North Rhine-Westphalia lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Wupper. Although Leverkusen lies between the metropolises of Düsseldorf and Cologne, the city has developed its own character.
Big city and idyll are not mutually exclusive in Mönchengladbach. Situated between the Rhine and the Meuse, the city looks back on an approximately thousand-year-old city history.
The old hanseatic city has many faces that make Münster one of the most liveable cities in Germany. Science, art and culture complement religious buildings and patrician houses.
In Oberhausen, industrial culture meets entertainment. The "new center" not only attracts with the largest "art bin" in the world, which guarantees breathtaking views from the nearly 100-meter-high viewing platform.
The largest city of the Bergisches Land was formed in 1929 by the merger of six smaller towns. Already at that time, the famous suspension railway operated on its route in the narrow valley of the river Wupper.