The great metropolis of western Germany is fascinating, free spirited and enormous fun to visit.
2 Schloss Augustusburg
Piety takes a back seat to pleasure at this dazzling Rococo archbishop’s palace.
3 Haus der Geschichte, Bonn
The remarkable story of the postwar German miracle, told in an engaging and imaginative way.
4 Aachen cathedral
Charlemagne’s former court chapel is unique north of the Alps.
5 Eating and drinking in the Altstadt, Düsseldorf
Far more than merely “the longest bar in the world”, Düsseldorf’s Altstadt has an almost Mediterranean élan on fine summer nights.
6 Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord
Industrial heritage meets nature and science fiction at this remarkable, recycled steelworks.
7 Folkwang collection, Essen
The superstars of French and German nineteenth-century art, housed in elegant modernist premises designed by British architect David Chipperfield.
8 Hermannsdenkmal, Detmold
A winged, bearded warrior rises romantically above the wooded ridge of the Teutoburger Wald.