The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen) is located in the northwest of Germany. It is the most populated state of the country and culturally diverse. North Rhine-Westphalia has modern cities with impressive buildings, being the largest, Cologne, situated in the southeast of the state capital, Düsseldorf. Both are lively cities on the Rhine River and within the metropolitan region of Rhine-Ruhr. Beethoven House is a tourist attraction in the city of Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven.  The northern part of this state has a rural charm and is known for the horse breeding; to the south, you will find scenic mountains and nature, ideal for spending a relaxing weekend.

Population: around 17. 865 million

Capital: Düsseldorf

Other major cities: Cologne, Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg, Bochum, Münster, Bielefeld, Bonn, Gelsenkirchen, Mönchengladbach

Main attractions: Dusseldorf: Old Town, Königsallee avenue, Rheinturm tower, Rhine Embankment Promenade, Burgplatz (Castle-Square), North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection, Rheinturm Tower; Cologne: Cologne Cathedral, KölnTriangle, Roman-Germanic Museum; Aachen: Aachen Cathedral, Black Table Magic Theatre; Bonn: Beethoven House, Beethoven Monument, Bonn Cathedral ; Duisburg: Landschaftspark; Dortmund: Signal Iduna Park; Essen: Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex; Schloss Drachenburg village

Nearest Airports: Düsseldorf Airport (DUS - Flughafen Düsseldorf), Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN - Flughafen Köln/Bonn), Weeze Airport (NRN – Flughafen Weeze/Niederrhein)

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