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A virtual guide to the German Federal State of Nordrhein-Westfalen. Beside a state profile, this page offers links to sources that provide you with information about this "Bundesland", e.g.: official web sites, local news, culture, history, education, city- and country guides with travel and visitors information, tourist attractions, events and much more.



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North Rhine-Westphalia Flag
Flag of the German Federal State of Nordrhein-Westfalen

The Land of North Rhine-Westphalia came into being as part of the new restructuring in Europe after the Second World War. It is located in the central western part of Germany and with more than 18 million people its largest federal state by population. NRW (abbr.) shares international borders with Belgium and The Netherlands in west and borders within Germany the states of Lower Saxony in north, Hesse in south east and Rhineland Palatinate in south.

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Official Name: Nordrhein-Westfalen
en: North Rhine-Westphalia

Abbreviation: NW (commonly used: NRW)

Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Capital City: Düsseldorf
Largest city: Cologne (Köln)

Other Cities: Aachen, Bochum, Bonn, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Oberhausen.

Location: central western part of Germany
Area: 34,083 km² (13 159 sq mi)

Population (2013): 17.5 million
Religions: 31% Protestants, 43% Roman Catholic.

Natural resources: Anthracite, lignite, iron ore.

Agriculture products: livestock, sugar beets, strawberries, grain.

Industries: coal mining, steel production, bio-chemicals and high-tech.

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Official Sites of Nordrhein-Westfalen

Die Landesregierung Nordrhein-Westfalen Online - State Government NRW.

Landtag NRW
Official State Parliament website of the state (Land) of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Statistisches Landesamt Nordrhein-Westfalen
North Rhine-Westphalia's state office for statistics (in German).


Google Earth Google Earth Nordrhein-Westfalen
Searchable map/satellite view of Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Google Earth Google Earth Düsseldorf
Searchable map/satellite view of Nordrhein-Westfalen's capital.
Google Earth Google Earth Köln (Cologne)
Searchable map/satellite view of Nordrhein-Westfalen's largest city. 

 Political Map of Germany
 Administrative Map of Germany


Newspapers of North Rhine-Westphalia online (in German)
General-Anzeiger Online - Bonn
The leading German commercial economy newspaper published in Düsseldorf.
Popular press.
Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
Cologne daily
NRZ - Neue Ruhr/Rhein Zeitung
Rhein Ruhr area.
Rheinische Post
Düsseldorf daily.
WAZ -Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung
Ruhr area news.

Deutsche Welle
"German Wave", based in Bonn, News, Analysis and Service from Germany and Europe - in 31 Languages.

Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
Regional public radio and television.


Arts & Culture

Aachener Dom
The "Imperial Cathedral" (in German: Kaiserdom), oldest cathedral in northern Europe and the church of coronation for 30 German kings.
Kölner Dom
The 750 years old Gothic cathedral of Cologne, one of the world's largest churches.

The museum in Ludwig van Beethoven's birthplace in Bonn.
Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
The House of the History of the Ferderal Republic displays contemporary German history from 1945 to the present day.
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Max Ernst, August Macke, Beuys.
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, with altering exhibitions, concerts, films and other culture events.
Rheinisches LandesMuseum Bonn
Shows art and cultural history of the Rheinland region.

Max Ernst Museum
The only museum dedicated to the life and works of the cosmopolitan artist Max Ernst, shows temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection of Max Ernst's works.

Museum and centre for the international Heinrich Heine research.
K20 K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen
NRW collection of modern and contemporary art.
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Contemporary art exhibitions.
museum kunst palast
Altering exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

Museum am Ostwall
Dortmund's museum of modern and contemporary art.

red dot design museum
Mueum for contemporary design.
Stiftung Zollverein
World Heritage Site Zollverein Pit Shaft XII.

Köln (Cologne)
Museen in Küln
A guide to the various museums in the city of Cologne, like Museum Ludwig, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Museum of East Asian Art, and the Romano-Germanic Museum.

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum
Paintings and sculptures from the second half of the 20th century,

Gasometer Oberhausen
Since 1994 annually changing exhibitions in the former gas container.

Schauspielhaus Bochum
Famous because of its well-known directors like Zadek, Peymann, Steckel, Haußmann and Elmar Goerden.

Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Official website of the opera company, a cooperation of the Opernhaus Düsseldorf and the Theater Duisburg.
Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
Web site of Düsseldorf's playhouse.

Theater und Philharmonie Duisburg
Opera, Ballet, Theater, and Concerts.

Theater und Philharmonie Essen
Opera, Operetta, Musical, Theater, and Concerts.

Bühnen Köln
Opera, Theater, Ballet, official website of the Bühnen Köln.

Kulturserver NRW
A guide to culture in North Rhine-Westphalia (in German).

Kulturatlas Westfalen
Guide to cultural institutions like theaters, museums in Westphalia (in German).

Museums in the Rheinland (in German).

Museums guide to institutions of the North-Rhine region (in German).


Business & Economy

State Development Bank of NorthRhine-Westphalia.

Agency for investment projects in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Außenwirtschaftsportal NRW
NRW foreign trade portal site.

IHK - Vereinigung der Industrie- und Handelskammern in Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.
Federation of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of NorthRhine-Westphalia.

Trade Fairs
drupa - print media messe
World Market Print Media, Publishing & Converting.
Fashion trade fairs, Düsseldorf.
Trade fair for the international boat and water sports industry, Düsseldorf.

Cologne's biennial fair is the world's most important food and beverage trade show.
International Fair for Modern and Contemporary Art
imm cologne
The international furnishing show.
World of Imaging.

Major Companies
Pharmaceuticals, Leverkusen.
Media Worldwide, Gütersloh.
Deutsche Post
Previously the German state-owned mail monopoly, Bonn.
Deutsche Telekom
The German telecom giant, Bonn.
Chemistry company, Düsseldorf
Washing power, Düsseldorf
The Spirit of Commerce; Germany's largest retailer, Düsseldorf.
Steel, Essen.


Deutsche Lufthansa
The largest airline in Europe with its headquarter in Köln (Cologne).

Flughafen Düsseldorf International (DUS)
International Airport Düsseldorf.
Flughafen Köln/Bonn (CGN)
Cologne Bonn Airport

International Inland Port and Logistics Hub, Europe's largest inland port, Duisburg.

Destination North Rhine-Westphalia - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Nordrhein-Westfalen: Aachen, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Essen, Köln (Cologne), Ruhr area, Eifel, Teutoburger Wald.
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more by following the links below.

Nordrhein-Westfalen Tourismus
Official tourism guide of North Rhine-Westphalia.

NRW Regions
Visitor's guides to the regions of North Rhine-Westphalia (mostly in German)

Region Bonn & Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
Tourist information Bonn and Rhein-Sieg region.
Holiday region Eifel.
Niederrhein tour guide.
Kreis Mettmann
Tourist guide Neanderland.
Tourist guide of Münsterland (in Dutch and German).
Tour guide Rhein-Erft-Kreis,
Tourism information about the Ruhr area.
The Sauerland Tourism site.
Visitors information about the region.
Teutoburger Wald
Information about the holiday region Teutoburger Wald.

Crossart Route Moderne Kunst
Crossart Route Modern Art connects 10 German and Dutch museums for modern and contemporary art.
Europäische Route der Industriekultur ERIH
European Route of Industrial Heritage, a network of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe, the Route is partly in NRW.
The route connects cities in Germany and the Netherlands related to the House of Orange-Nassau.

Major Cities in NRW (official sites):

The state capital.

The former Free Imperial City of Aachen.

The city in the Ruhr area.

The former provisional capital of Germany.

Köln ( Cologne )
Germany's fourth-largest and one of the oldest cities in Germany.

Largest city in the Ruhr area.

City in the Ruhr area with the biggest inland harbour in Europe.

Formerly one of the most important coal and steel centers (Krupp steel).

City in the Ruhr area, a former centre of coal production and oil refining.

Another Ruhr area city.


RWTH - Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule
Aachen, one of the new Elite-Universities, the German Ivy League.
Universität Bielefeld
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität
Universität Dortmund
Folkwang-Hochschule Essen
Music, Theater, Dance - founded 1927 "Folkwangschule"
Universität Essen
Fernuniversität - Gesamthochschule
Universität zu Köln
Köln, founded 1388
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität
Universität Paderborn
Universität Siegen

Environment & Nature

Ministerium für Umwelt und Naturschutz, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz NRW
Ministry of the Environment and Conservation, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Nature parks in North Rhine-Westphalia
Naturpark Bergisches Land
A nature park east of Cologne.
Naturpark Hohe Mark
The nature park Hohe Mark in the north of NRW (in German).
Naturpark Hohes Venn - Eifel
Site of the German-Belgium nature park (in French and German).
Naturpark Rheinland
A nature park close to the cities Köln and Bonn.
Naturpark Rothaargebirge
Nature park in Westphalia.
Naturpark TERRA.vita
Situated in NRW and Lower-Saxony, with a thematic focus on land and geology (TERRA = land; vita = life)

Naturparke Deutschland
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.



Archive in NRW
Index site of Archives of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Following the capitulation of the Third Reich, Germany is to be politically rebuilt with new regional divisions. In 1946 the British military administration established North Rhine-Westphalia by merging Westphalia and the northern parts of the Rhine Province, both formerly belonging to Prussia. In 1947 the former state of Lippe was merged with North Rhine-Westphalia. - Chronik
Modern history of North Rhine-Westphalia since its foundation in 1946.

Rheinprovinz (Rheinpreußen)
Wikipedia entry about the history of the Rhine Province a former province of Prussia.
Provinz Westfalen
Wikipedia entry about the history of the Province of Westphalia, a former province of Prussia.


Additional Information about Nordrhein-Westfalen

Open Directory Project: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Wikipedia: Nordrhein-Westfalen
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