Western Germany is the first part of the country that many visitors from the UK see. Instead of travelling through to some of the more visited places of Germany in the country, like Berlin and Bavaria, stop in western Germany. Our hoteliers highly recommend the region; indeed it is not necessarily the heavily industrialised area you might think. North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate are both excellent tourist destinations with plenty of natural wonders as well as exciting towns and cities to explore. Sharing borders with the Benelux countries and France, Western Germany offers plenty attractions and things to do.
Local Transportation in West Germany
Some cities, such as Münster and Dortmund, seem to be totally geared up for cyclists with plenty of road infrastructure given over to pedal power. All over West Germany, the roads are well-maintained and should cause you no trouble with navigation. ICE trains offer the fastest inter-city connections. If you are looking to stop at a regional station, then take an R service.
The Best Time to Go to West Germany
Spring is a good time to come to western Germany especially if you are seeking out its natural beauty. Many of the towns and cities of western Germany hold Christmas markets and festivals these days. Most will run from early December until the New Year is out. If you opt to come in the early autumn, then make a beeline for the Düsseldorf Festival which is staged in the second half of September every year. It features dance, music, circus performers and theatre.
West Germany has plenty of exciting activities, attractions and things to do that make the region worth visiting in their own right.
Tours along the Upper Rhine
Increasingly popular, river tours along the Upper Rhine that stop off for wine tasting at the vineyards that lie on its banks are run by a number of different operators.
Dortmund is a great place to go to if you want to enjoy a game of football as well as some of the best beer in the western part of Germany. It also has some of the greatest shopping in the region.
Aachen has plenty to entertain visitors on a rainy day. It is home to virtual reality gaming centres, puzzle room experiences and several laser tag businesses.
There is little that marks out western Germany from the rest of the country in terms of its regional cuisine but you can still enjoy some fine dining in the area. Try Kaspar's Restaurant in Bonn, for example, as a place where you can enjoy good food on the banks of the Rhine.