Destination guide

Three cheers for beer halls and iconic cathedrals

Raise a beer stein to Germany's industrious past in North Rhine-Westphalia. Crowned by the twin towers of Cologne's iconic Gothic cathedral, and bisected by the mighty Rhine River, this German province hums with activity. The city of Bonn stood in as the West German capital during the Cold War, but is even more famous for being the birthplace of composer Beethoven, while in chic and cosmopolitan Dusseldorf you'll find a slick, sleek, sophisticated city perfect for shopping, people watching, and gallery hopping. North Rhine-Westphalia vacation rentals mean you can be inspired by Beethoven's genius one day and rubbing shoulders with the German glitterati the next.

Things to do

Cologne Cathedral has a towering (and deserved) reputation

There are 2 big—really big—reasons to visit Cologne, and the Cathedral's twin towers don't disappoint. Cologne's ‘dom' is the geographical and spiritual heart of the city, and it's still a major attraction in this riverfront city. Cologne boasts a festive atmosphere all year thanks to the old town's many beer halls but you'll find it in full bloom during its spring Carnival. Well-heeled Dusseldorf comes to life over Christmas when the city's world-famous Christmas market turns it into a winter wonderland, and family fun can be had year round at the Phantasialand theme park.


Row, row, row your boat all the way down the River Rhine

Running its way though the center of the region, it's hard to get away from the watery ribbon of the Rhine in North Rhine-Westphalia. Popular for riverboat cruises, the Rhine leaves you spoilt for choice when it comes to cityscapes with both Dusseldorf and Cologne sitting on its banks. It's also a great choice for cyclists looking to stretch their legs without worrying about too many hills. North Rhine-Westphalia's flat-as-a-pancake landscape makes exploring the region on 2 wheels as easy as pie, while bike stations at local train stations and easy-to-follow bike paths make it even easier.


A hard rain is (probably) gonna fall, so pack an umbrella

North Rhine-Westphalia's year is divided into four distinct seasons, with August often being the warmest month of the year. In summer, between June and August, temperatures hover around the low- to mid-70s. If you're looking for North Rhine-Westphalia vacation rentals to explore the Christmas markets, you'll find temperatures in the low 30s from November through February. Although you'd need a powerful telescope (or Google Maps) to see the beach, the region has an oceanic climate. That means you can expect rainfall all year round, particularly in winter and spring, so you'll want to remember to pack an umbrella.

Natural features

Embrace the life of the streets with a city hopping tour

Located in western Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia shares a border with the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Once the industrial heart of Germany, the region is still very populous, with cities such as Cologne, Dusseldorf, Aachen, Munster, and Bonn all calling it home. This metropolitan milieu makes city hopping a great way to get to know the area when staying in North Rhine-Westphalia vacation rentals. A more bucolic scene can be found on the banks of the Rhine, which carves its way though the entire region, while mountains and lakes perfect for hiking trips can be found in the west of the region in Eifel National Park.

Can I find a vacation rental around North Rhine-Westphalia?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,907 vacation rentals near North Rhine-Westphalia. From 746 Houses to 60 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near North Rhine-Westphalia are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in North Rhine-Westphalia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Rhine-Westphalia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cologne: 629 vacation rentals
  • Düsseldorf: 495 vacation rentals
  • Bonn: 257 vacation rentals
  • Dortmund: 132 vacation rentals
  • Essen: 347 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in North Rhine-Westphalia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in North Rhine-Westphalia?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Rhine-Westphalia:

  • Cologne: 629 rentals
  • Düsseldorf: 495 rentals
  • Bonn: 257 rentals
  • Dortmund: 132 rentals
  • Essen: 347 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to North Rhine-Westphalia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in North Rhine-Westphalia are:

  • Cologne Railway Airport (QKL): 629 vacation rentals
  • Moers (ZON): 459 vacation rentals
  • Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN): 602 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in North Rhine-Westphalia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Zoo Safaripark Stukenbrock: 130 rentals
  • Seaside Beach Baldeney: 607 rentals
  • Duesseldorf City Hall: 607 rentals
  • Cologne Cathedral: 635 rentals
  • Muenster Westf Central Station: 119 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Rhine-Westphalia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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