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Schlosshotel Kommende Ramersdorf in Bonn

Christmas Market in Marburg/Lahn

Boats on the Rhine River

Rheinkirmes, funfair in Duesseldorf

Opera House in Dortmund by night

Bochum Theater in the evening

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Western Germany - home of wine, splendid nature, history and fairy tales

Western Germany is the most populated part of Germany. The cities Cologne (Köln) and Bonn, as well as the valley of the Rhine River, are the top attractions of the region. Located in the south is Frankfurt, the financial capital of Germany, a famous tourist destination and well-known for its international airport.

Visit the north of the North Rhine and Westphalia provinces, and the great industrial cities of Duesseldorf, Dortmund, Bochum and Essen.  Each one of these cities has much to offer: historic centers, a sophisticated cultural life and plenty of entertainment for every age. Aachen has some magnificent historical buildings; especially its superb Dom. 30 km south is the wonderfully preserved town of Monschau, with the river Ruhr rushing past its ancient houses. Cologne is a beautiful and impressive city, known for its cathedral, roman remains, medieval buildings and world-class museums. Bonn, Beethoven's birthplace, is a pleasant town with a wide range of excellent ethnic restaurants. South of Bonn you’ll find the mountains of the Siebengebirge, a popular tourist destination with great winter sport resorts.

The province of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland Pfalz) contains the most spectacular stretches of the river Rhine. This is the land of the german legend of the Nibelungenlied; the rocks of the Lorelei, whose song enticed sailors to their watery graves; of delightful whitewashed towns clinging to spectacular cliffs and vine-covered hillsides; of ruined fairy-tale castles perched on rocky outcrops. Also well worth seeing is the historic city of Mainz, the cathedral cities of Worms and Speyer, as well as the classical remains in Trier.

Situated right in the heart of Germany, the province of Hesse was the setting for the tales of the Brothers Grimm. The dark forests, ancient castles and half-timbered towns are main characteristics of this region. Frankfurt am Main, one of the most modern cities and the main financial center of Germany, is also known for its historic Old Town and lively nightlife. Frankfurt is definitely well worth visiting.

The forests and highlands of Hesse are full of walking trails through delightful scenery. The most famous area is the Rheingau in the southwest, where some of Germany's best wines are produced.

 

The Taunus area is located in the middle of Hesse, offering superb hiking trails and the attractive spa town of Bad Homburg. Don't leave without visiting Marburg, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Germany, and home to thousands of students.