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Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen

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The location marketing campaign "Germany at its best: Nordrhein-Westfalen" calls on local citizens, business people, scientists and inventors and other personalities from NRW to present their outstanding achievements in a national, European and international context.

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Tourism as an economic factor in North Rhine-Westphalia

Tourism in NRW has developed dynamically over recent years and as a cross-sectional industry is one of the state's economic growth drivers. Millions of private and business travelers from Germany and abroad come to NRW each year. They provide significant revenues – not only in tourism but also in many other sectors such as the hotel/restaurant and retail trades. As an economic factor tourism performs a dual function: On the one hand, the industry itself possesses considerable added value, and on the other hand tourism increases the attractiveness of NRW overall as a working and investment location by enhancing the quality of life for everyone.

 

 

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NRW.INVEST GMBH

Economic Development Agency of the
German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)
Völklinger Str. 4, 40219 Düsseldorf, Germany

+49 211 13000-0
+49 211 13000-154

Did you know... 

...that NRW is one of Germany's most popular travel destinations with 22.1 million visitors per year? ...that five UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely Aachen Cathedral, Cologne Cathedral, Corvey Abbey, the Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust and the Zollverein Coal Mine industrial complex, are to be found in NRW? ...that the tourism industry in NRW is bigger than the information and communications sector and almost as important as the construction industry in terms of its impact on employment?

Quick Facts

  • Tourism contributes a total of EUR 25.1 billion or around 4.6% to the total economic output in North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • 4.69% of all employees in NRW work directly in the tourism industry; together with the indirectly employed, this figure is actually 6.34% or 573,000 employees

From NRW around the world: Location for major international events

NRW has made a name for itself in the organization and implementation of numerous major international events: For example, the city of Düsseldorf hosted the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in 2011. Around 36,000 spectators attended the world's biggest TV entertainment show in the specially converted football arena; 120 million people worldwide watched the ESC live on television.In June 2017, the Tour de France, the largest and most famous bicycle race in the world, started in the state capital with about one million visitors.


Leisure/Quality of life
Star Chefs: 5-Michelin stars in Bergisch Gladbach's gourmet mecca
Star Cuisine In The Grand Duchy Of Berg Source: Hotel Schloss Bensberg GmbH
One city, five stars, two master chefs. Welcome to the gourmet Mecca of Bergisch Gladbach. Less than ten minutes' drive separate the two gourmet restaurants Vendôme at Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg (the Grand Hotel of Bensberg Castle) and Lerbach housed in a castle hotel of the same name. The area is home to two of the finest German restaurants thanks to the two master chefs: two-star chef Nils Henkel and three-star chef Joachim Wissler. Critics say the latter is the finest ambassador for the "Nouvelle German School of Cuisine", which rediscovers forgotten local produce and recipes. Wissler blends classic traditional cuisine with creative elements. At Vendôme he lives out his love for produce and sophisticated compositions. In 2012 he was voted "Chef of Chefs" by his peers in Germany. At another castle hotel Nils Henkel serves "Pure Nature" to his guests. His food philosophy lays emphasis on nature and organic quality; what's more, several herbs of different aromas are grown in-house. The accent in Nils Henkel's cuisine is on fish, seafood and on his amazing vegetables fare. His sophisticated creations border on culinary artistry.
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Leisure/Quality of life
Region
Cologne/Bonn region

 

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New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures

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> NRW Tourism

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New opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Your No. 1 investment location in Germany – Facts and figures