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Cheap flights to North Rhine-Westphalia

Functioning as a state within the northwest of Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia has regions such as Bergisches Land, Cologne Lowland, Lower Rhine, Münsterland, North Eifel, Ruhr, Sauerland-Siegerland, and Teutoburg Forest. The state’s cities include Aachen, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Gelsenkirchen, and Münster. North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous state of Germany and is the fourth among the country’s largest by area. Just like most of lower Rhineland, Düsseldorf has moderate winters with little snowfall, with mild to warm summers. Temperatures within Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia’s capital average at a high of 14.79 degrees Celsius or 58.63 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 6.73 degrees Celsius or 44.12 degrees Fahrenheit, in a one year period.

 

What to see & do

Formed through a merger between northern Rhineland and Westphalia, established by the British military administration’s ‘Operation Marriage’ in 1946, North Rhine-Westphalia has four of the country’s 10 biggest cities which include Cologne, Dortmund, Essen, and Düsseldorf, with the latter as its capital. In addition, after a year, in 1947, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia gained more territory as Lippe was merged with the entirety of the state. Unlike most of the regions of Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia is not known for its castles. However, the region is rich in museums, cultural centres, concert halls, and theatres, among others. Well-known destinations include medieval architecture in Aachen, Timber framing in Monschau, Cölner Hofbräu Früh in Cologne, Historical City Hall in Münster, Reinoldikirche and Alter Markt in Dortmund, in addition to Art Nouveau Zeche Zollern in Dortmund, Schwebebahn in Wuppertal, Neuer Zollhof in Düsseldorf, Langen Foundation in Neuss, and Haus Lange and Haus Esters in Krefeld. North Rhine-Westphalia also features World Heritage Sites namely Augustusburg and Falkenlust, Zollverein Coal Mine, Cologne Cathedral, and Aachen Cathedral.

 

How to get around within Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia has a transport system divided into many transport associations. Some of the associations include VRR or Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr, which covers Bochum, Dortmund, Essen, among others. With VRS Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg, rail and tram lines covering Bonn, Cologne, and Monheim, and ZWS Zweckverband Personennahverkehr Westfalen-Süd, for bus and rail services within Neunkirchen, Olpe, and Siegen, to name a few. The region is also served by trams, metros, and trains. Tram stops function like bus stops, are marked with a square white sign, and a green ‘H’, with a red background, standing for ‘haltestelle’, or stopping point. Also providing service to North Rhine-Westphalia is the S-Bahn, a rail service which travels on ground, not to be confused with U-Bahn, which travels underground. The region also has bus services all throughout the area, and serves all towns and cities that are connected with the region’s network of buses. 

 

How to get there

Among the airports that serve North Rhine-Westphalia include Cologne Bonn Airport, Dortmund Airport, and Düsseldorf International Airport. Cologne Bonn Airport is the international airport of Cologne. Its destinations include Nador, Antalya, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Bucharest, London, Barcelona, Dublin, Nice, Venice, Amsterdam, Oslo, Hamburg, and Amsterdam, among others, through airlines such as Air Arabia Moroc, Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways, Blue Air, easyJet, Germanwings, Germanwings operated by Eurowings, KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper, and Ryanair. Dortmund Airport operates flights to and from London, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Kraków, Istanbul Belgrade, Kiev, and Budapest, in addition to many, via easyJet, Germanwings, Ryanair, SunExpress Deutschland, Wizz Air, and Wizz Air Ukraine. Another airport within North Rhine-Westphalia is Düsseldorf Airport, with has flights to Saint Petersburg, Abu Dhabi, Tripoli, Malta, Tokyo, Billund, Antalya, Djerba, and Luxembourg, to name a few, via Aeroflot operated by Rossiya, Afriqiyah Airways, Air Berlin, Air Malta, All Nippon Airways, British Airways operated by Sun Air of Scandinavia, Condor, and Germanwings operated by Eurowings.

Flights to North Rhine-Westphalia

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