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Nordrhein-Westfalen Tourismus e. V.
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50668 Cologne

North Rhine-Westphalia - Other areas of interest

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Regional specialities

Cut Westphalian ham

The Rhenish dish of marinated braised beef with raisins can be traced back to none other than Julius Caesar. On his march to Gaul, he stopped off in Colonia. But no sooner had he entered the town than he had left it again. Left behind was a wagon containing amphora of vinegar, some beef and a small bag of raisins – and that's where Rhenish Sauerbraten comes from.

Meat or vegetable, everything that goes into a Westphalian stew either stands in or grows in a field. Traditional versions include vegetable stew, swede stew, green bean stew, and pearl barley stew with bacon and beans.

Westphalians far from home often have cravings for a particular local speciality: pumpernickel. This dark bread is not baked in the oven. Instead, rye meal is mixed with a little yeast, malt and sugar beet syrup and then cooked in its own steam. The syrup gives it its dark black colour. And it stays fresh for a long time!

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Map of Germany

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Highlights in brief

  • Düsseldorf
    State capital, sports, shopping on Königsallee
  • Cologne
    Media centre, cathedral – UNESCO world heritage, carnival stronghold, indoor climbing centre
  • Bonn
    Former capital of West Germany, home of Beethoven, railway museum
  • Dortmund
    Moated castle, football, Westfalenpark, industrial museum
  • Essen
    Zollverein mine – UNESCO world heritage, Grugapark, Lake Baldeney
  • Wuppertal
    Elevated monorail
  • Bottrop
    Warner Brothers Movie-World, indoor ski centre
  • Münster
    Cathedral, high ropes course
  • Kerpen
    Schumacher Kart Center
  • Kevelaer
    Maize labyrinth