Yes, Bielefeld is in NRW; KarTerl; K’telontour

Germany – Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen

Nope, NRW is not some new black rap gang, rather the region of Germany where my birth town is located.  Interesting piece on why one should go there for a holiday:

NRW has Germany’s most popular beer and a little-known Japanese community that adds panache to its cuisine. Need more? Read on…

Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), is often associated with the decline of heavy industry and the area’s resulting socio-economic difficulties, so it’s not necessarily an obvious holiday destination. But, of Germany’s 16 Bundesländer it is definitely one of the most diverse in what it has to offer tourists, and probably the most accessible transport-wise. 

There are direct high-speed ICE trains from Berlin and Munich to its largest city Cologne. Meanwhile three of Germany’s major airports – Düsseldorf, Köln/Bonn and Dortmund – are located in the state, so it’s definitely worth hopping over for a weekend trip or longer.

1. Cities

NRW has the highest urban density and the largest number of cities of any of the German states. 

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