The banana shaped curve of the Rhine Ruhr region in the midst of North Rhine Westphalia offers countryside and urban spaces to match some of the finest in Germany.
That said, the surroundings of Rhine Ruhr also vary from undulating hills, flat pastures and fields to steeper valleys and plateaus. Diverse local cultures, deep traditions and a long history all affect the various municipalities in the vicinity.
The massive motorway network reaches out to fascinating places in all directions. To the west and north west the Dutch border is a half an hour to an hour away. A journey to the south reveals the higher reaches of the Rhine and the Loreley plus the banking capital of Frankfurt and the spas of Wiesbaden. To the north brings the bicycle capital of Münster.
Aachen is located at the foot of Eifel and Ardennes in the south west of NRW. It is one of Germany's oldest spas with sights that include the barock assembly hall of the spa, fascinating architecture of the town hall and the cathedral with a history of over a thousand years.
Many say that Münster is famous for the Sankt Paulus Dom, the cathedral that was built in the thirteenth century and one of the city's most important landmarks. Münster is also the capital of bicycles with a highly impressive, consequently instigated concept for cyclists.
Trier offers visitors a great day out or weekend trip. With some ten UNESCO World Heritage sites, it is steeped in history and a terrific place to view some fascinating buildings including the Cathedral, the Imperial Baths, the Imperial Throne Room and the Porta Nigra.