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North Rhine Westphalia (in German "Nordrheinwestfalen" or 'NRW') is situated in the Western part of Germany and shares borders with Belgium and the Netherlands. It has borders with the German states of
Lower Saxony to the North and Northeast, Rhineland-Palatinate to the Southwest and Hessen to the Southeast.

Almost 18 million people live in this region, more than 50 per cent of them in one of the big cities like Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Cologne or Duisburg. Altogether NRW has 30 cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants - 20 per cent of all Germans live in this state. The capital city is Düsseldorf, other major cities are Cologne, Essen, Dortmund, Duisburg, Oberhausen, Bielefeld, Bonn, Bochum, Münster and Wuppertal.

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia Germany's industrial powerhouse and has been largely responsible for Germany's remarkable economic performance since 1945. As the name suggests, the Rhine is the main river that flows through this region. The Ruhr, Wupper, Lippe and Erms are the other rivers that are situated in Europe's largest industrial concentration.

Life pulsates in these cities: concerts, musicals and shows in unusual places. Museums, like the big art museums in Bonn, and theaters of all kinds and in great numbers. Shopping that's a real experience. Here, something is always going on! Europe's most dense and diverse cultural region lies here between the Rhine and Weser rivers, with impressive monuments such as the cathedrals of Aachen and Cologne and hundreds of palaces and castles like Hombroich or Bruhl.

Only a stone's throw away of the pulsing cities you will find large recreation areas with forests, hills, fluvial plains and low mountain ranges. Discover the "Bergisches Land" with its famous old churches, the "Teutoburger Wald" or the "Münsterland". Enjoy a romantic weekend, winter walks and fine cuisine or a skiing holiday in the "Sauerland".


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