Things to do in North Rhine-Westphalia

Our most recommended things to do in North Rhine-Westphalia

Dortmund: BVB Signal Iduna Park Self-Guided Tour

1. Dortmund: BVB Signal Iduna Park Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Signal Iduna Park, home to the famous German football team BVB. Your tour will start at Foyer West, where an instructor will explain to you how the tour works. They will send you on your way to the western tribune. This is a self-guided tour, meaning you will explore the stadium on your own, following the instruction signs. Throughout the route, you will learn more about the stadium, the club, and the players. The expected duration of the tour is 60 minutes. A tour highlight includes the "mix zone", the area where rival teams meet each other for the first time. The player's cabins, the player tunnel, and of course the actual field are also awaiting you to explore. While you are not allowed to step onto the field or touch the grass, you are allowed to sit on the coach's bench, breathing in the BVB spirit.

Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

2. Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

Enjoy a festive and romantic winter cruise along the Rhine River with live music and a hot beverage of your choice. Get great views from the panorama boat of Cologne’s skyline, which is beautifully decorated during the holiday season. See some of Cologne's most iconic sites like the famous church "Groß St. Martin", the former Rheinau Harbour with the three crane houses and, of course, Cologne Cathedral. Listen to musicians play festive music and sip on a cup of "Glühwein" (hot wine punch), coffee, or hot chocolate.

Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

3. Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

Awaiting the visitors is a walk-in tropical house, natural history information on cocoa, exhibits from the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America, an important porcelain and silver collection from the Baroque period, as well as numerous old machines from the time of industrialisation. In a glass chocolate factory and in the chocolate atelier, visitors can experience how chocolate products are made industrially, but also individually by hand. And: there is a 3-meter-high chocolate fountain in which 200 kg of delicious chocolate constantly bubble up for tasting. Tasting is expressly encouraged!

Düsseldorf: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

4. Düsseldorf: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Ticket

Take in the highlights of Düsseldorf from a hop-on hop-off bus. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and will take you right around and through the city center of the vibrant metropolis on the Rhine. Get off at any stop and explore at your own leisure with a hop-on hop-off ticket. En route, learn more about each attraction and the history of the city through earphones with commentary available in 10 languages. Enjoy the freedom to explore the city for 24 hours from when you first activate your ticket. Stops: • Königsallee (Kö-Brücke Königsallee/Steinstraße) • Burgplatz/Altstadt • Rheinturm/Medienhafen (öffentliche Haltestelle: Rheinturm - 1) • Rheinterrasse/Ehrenhof (öffentliche Haltestelle: Rheinterrasse) • Nordpark/Aquazoo (Kaiserswerther Str.) • Kunstakademie/Altstadt (öffentliche Haltestelle: Tonhalle/Ehrenhof - 5) • Tourist-Information Hauptbahnhof

Düsseldorf: Winter Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Rhine

5. Düsseldorf: Winter Afternoon Boat Cruise on the Rhine

Ring in the holiday season on board a Christmas river cruise sailing along the Rhine in Düsseldorf. Soak in the festive atmosphere on board and admire sights of the Old Town like the Rathaus (Town Hall) and the Rhine Promenade, lit up with Christmas decorations. Board the ship on the Promenade and take in the festive ambiance on board. The 2-hour cruise will take you along the Rhine past Düsseldorf's Old Town, with riverside views of landmarks like the Rathaus and the Rhine Promenade. As you admire the Old Town skyline, enjoy the sound of festive music in the background, and take the opportunity to try out some local sweet delicacies available on board, like waffles and hot chocolate.

Düsseldorf: Altbier-Safari Beer Walking Tour

6. Düsseldorf: Altbier-Safari Beer Walking Tour

Enjoy authentic Düsseldorf beer culture and lifestyle on this city walking tour. Sample local microbrews and learn about production as your guide takes you through the process. Your tour starts in front of the Schloßturm at Burgplatz in the old town of Düsseldorf. In the Brauerei Kürzer, get an insight into the brewing process and see the "beer barrel which is never empty." Sample the non-pasteurized craft beers with unique flavors you could taste blindfolded. Drink like a local, standing on the street in front of the brewery, and listen as your guide shares stories of the local beer culture. Discover the answers to questions like why you don't have to order a beer in Düsseldorf, why the glasses are so small, and where the longest bar in the world is. Afterward, make new friends and reserve a table at one of the breweries, where your tour will end on a high note.

Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

7. Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

Experience a fun way to explore the beautiful city and history of Düsseldorf with the renowned brewery tour. Meet your guide and take a trip through the city's most famous breweries such as the im Füchschen, Zum Schlüsse, Brasserie Kürzer, and more. Start the thirst-quenching journey to 3 different breweries, where you will taste delicious local beer to find the one that best suits you. Sip on the famous Alt beer while enjoying the warm and traditional atmosphere of the breweries. You will meet fellow travelers from around the globe and learn about the breweries and the local brewing culture of Düsseldorf. Taste many other types of beers and play lay interactive party games with your new friends to break the ice. Enjoy the unique public brewery tour with your friends, families, coworkers, sports team, or even by yourself. 

Düsseldorf: Ticket for Rhine Tower

8. Düsseldorf: Ticket for Rhine Tower

The Rhine Tower, Dusseldorf's most recognizable landmark, was created by architect H. Deilmann and built in 1982 on the edge of the city center’s southern district at the entrance to the Media Harbour. From the tower, you will experience the most breathtaking view of the Rhine Metropolis: the Media Harbour, historic city center, Hofgarten, Königsallee and the Rhine. If on the day of your visit the weather is clear, the view extends as far as the Cologne Cathedral.  Opening Hours:  Sunday to Thursday: 11.00 AM - 12:00 AM Friday, Saturday, and Holidays: 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Cologne: Advent River Cruise on the Rhine

9. Cologne: Advent River Cruise on the Rhine

Get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a holiday cruise on Cologne’s Rhine River. Hop on a festively decorated ship and explore the water with Santa on board. Celebrate the Advent season with live music and sweet treats. For the little ones, Santa will bring gifts. While the city center of Cologne sinks into the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle, you can enjoy the quieter side of the Advent season on the ship: colorful lights on the banks, festive live music, and sweets. Embrace the Christmas spirit as you take in the beautiful view of the city panorama. Look forward to a real Christmas wonderland on board during this elaborately decorated event. Thousands of lights, huge Christmas balls, and snow-white garlands create a unique, festive atmosphere. Bring little ones to join in on the holiday fun and receive a surprise from Santa. 

Cologne: 'Himmel and Kölle' Musical Tickets

10. Cologne: 'Himmel and Kölle' Musical Tickets

Experience an unforgettable evening with a ticket to the award-winning "Himmel and Kölle" show at the Volksbühne, Cologne's oldest surviving theater. The top-class cast with German musical stars is looking forward to your visit.  Heavenly, sexy, and truly Cologne: The young priest Elmar is transferred from the Swabian province to Cologne. On one wild night, the Catholic model pupil forgets all the commandments.  After a sinful trip through shisha bars and breweries, Elmar has to realize: Against a Saturday night in Brussels Square, Sodom and Gomorrah was an oasis of calm. "A rousing, funny good-mood piece," wrote the World on Sunday about Himmel und Kölle, "A mega show", says Eko Fresh. 2022 Cologne voted Himmel und Kölle "Cultural Event of the Year" at the 2021 German Musical and Theatre Awards.  The musical was awarded in 4 categories: Best Ensemble Performance, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Producer.

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What people are saying about North Rhine-Westphalia

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Good experience to learn about chocolate making. Not a bad choice to spend an hour here. Taste the chocolate straight out of production lane was yummm!

A football museum absolutely worth the visit! The history and the detail to it all is second to none and it was quite fascinating. 100% recommend it.

Sarah was just the perfect amount of historian and gracious hostess. She clearly loves her city.

Wir hatten eine schöne Zeit gemeinsam mit Themen, über die man sonst nicht redet.

Learned a lot about kolsch beer and Carolin was a great guide!