North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s largest urban area, includes well known cities like Düsseldorf, Cologne and Essen and is full of architectural secrets. From huge former coal plants to small and delightful staircases. From Doms (Cathedrals) to synagogues. From contemporary to medieval architecture. Its rich built environment is the consequence of having multiple cultures, traditions and politics coexisting together throughout time. Historically, this area has always been wealthy – the largest economy among the German states – and that has had an impact in what was built. Nowadays, one can enjoy a wide range of buildings within its many cities and that’s what I’ve tried to capture in this guide.
Special thanks to Germany Tourismus and my friend Philipp Heer who organised a short trip to this delightful area of Germany, where I could discover – for the first time – the Ruhr’s area many charms and architectural gems. Anything interesting in terms of architecture is here. If you find any mistakes, or have any suggestions please let me know in the comments. My intention is to keep it useful. Hope you enjoy!
Download pdf here: North Rhine-Westphalia Architecture Guide 2021 (PDF)
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