Visit North Rhine-Westphalia

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North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the 16 federal states in Germany, and its capital is Dusseldorf. The region's landscape is highly varied, from the lowlands on the Lower Rhine and the flat plains along the North Sea coast to mountain ridges in Sauerland. It has a population of 18 million people and covers an area of 34,084 square kilometers.

In North Rhine-Westphalia you will find many interesting places to visit such as Cologne Cathedral, built between 1248 and 1880; Aachen Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; or Neuschwanstein Castle near Fussen which was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

An interesting historical fact about North Rhine-Westphalia is that it was one of the main major battlegrounds during WWII. In 1945 it was home to some of the fiercest fighting between Allied forces and German troops resulting in massive destruction across much of its cities.