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Things to do in North Rhine-Westphalia

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in North Rhine-Westphalia. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite North Rhine-Westphalia attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in North Rhine-Westphalia to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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  • Apropos Coeln

    Fashionistas browse for Jil Sander, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana pieces while expats pick up English-language magazines. More
  • Art Cologne

    The biggest event of the year is the November art fair. More
  • Atelier Ludvik

    This shop brims with funky, feminine togs by designer Fenja Ludwig. More
  • Belle Histoire

  • Jablonka Galerie

    The second-floor space showcases international art. More
  • Mojavari Gallery

    The gallery, located within the Kreishaus' passageway, displays the work of Iranian sculptor and cartoonist S. A. Mojavari. More
  • Perla Zayek's

    Lebanese-born Perla Zayek's namesake boutique showcases her silk evening dresses. More
  • Schokoladenmuseum

    A futuristic shrine to the cocoa bean; for a sweet treat, dip a waffle into a giant fountain filled with 440 pounds of milk chocolate More
  • Spichern Höfe

    This Belgian Quarter arts venue is the latest of Cologne's cultural spaces, with art galleries, designer showrooms and restaurants. More
  • Walter Koenig Bookstore

    A one-stop shop for photography junkies. More

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