This federal state was formed from the two former states of the Rhineland and Westphalia in 1946. Since then, North Rhine Westphalia has developed into a business centre. It is the most populous German state with more than 18 million inhabitants, whilst being Germany's fourth largest state in terms of the size of the area it covers in the country. In the past few decades the holiday rentals in North Rhine Westphalia have to offer have shot up in number considerably. The holiday lettings in North Rhine Westphalia have seen an increase due to Germany's strong economy and the beautiful open landscapes. Cologne is the regions largest city with around one million inhabitants. Easily accessible by train, car, or plane, Cologne is filled with everything from vibrant night clubs, delicious cuisine, beautiful museums to fascinating German culture. Cologne offers some of the best food and beer in Germany. The hearty, satisfying dishes satisfy even the most picky and demanding of travellers therefore the city is a must see destination for visitors from all over the world.
While Cologne is the largest city, Düsseldorf is the state's capital and political centre. Düsseldorf is renowned for its Aldstadt downtown area, where visitors can find exciting bars and dainty coffee shops. Many tourists like this area so much that the downtown is very popular for holiday rentals. North Rhine Westphalia's capital also has a beer rivalry with Cologne, and both have some of the tastiest beers in all of Europe. If you like to visit vibrant cities and shopping malls during your stay here, you should also check out the cities of Bonn, Dortmund, Essen and Münster.
North Rhine Westphalia has more to offer than bustling city life, it also boasts rustic farmlands dotted with holiday rentals. Check out holiday apartments in Bochum for a rural city break. North Rhine Westphalia is an ideal place for cycling, as it has over 14,000 km of trails available along its picturesque countryside. There is also 1,500 km of rivers and about 200 lakes to fish and swim in. Due to its proximity to the Netherlands excursions to Limburg or Gelderland are possible during holidays in North Rhine Westphalia accommodation. Even in the rural countryside there has been a steady rise of holiday lettings in North Rhine Westphalia. North Rhine Westphalia is the place to stay as a family as it offers such festivals as the carnival and Kirmes fair. Tourists from all around the world are brought in by the outdoor activities and bustling city life, but they keep coming back for the German culture and great food! Come and visit North Rhine Westphalia today and experience German hospitality first hand. If you are wanting ideas further South, the city of Karlsruhe is a great location to visit as it is near the French border and is an interesting city with lots to do. Enjoy your holiday.