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7 Tips for autumn days in NRW

Autor: Katharina Hogrebe

Autumn – the last warming rays of the sun in your face, walking through rustling autumn leaves, or enjoying a cosy cup of tea in front of a crackling fire. We have compiled some tips for you so that you can really enjoy the autumn in Your NRW.

1. Enjoying the Indian summer

When the leaves are fiery red, bright yellow or hazelnut brown, a hike through the forests of North Rhine-Westphalia is a real delight. A small tip: There’s a particularly good view of the autumn colours from the reservoir dams, such as in the “Bergisches Städtedreieck”, the three Bergisch cities, or in the Bergisches Land region, where you mostly have open views. Or you can board a boat and enjoy a leisurely ride past the Siebengebirge hills with their legendary Drachenfels (Dragon’s Rock). The Indian summer can also be admired on the Weser. On the steep slopes of the Ziegenberg and Brunsberg hills near Höxter, the view onto the foliage of the beechwoods is particularly impressive. For anyone who always wanted to try Slag heap hopping, the autumn is the ideal time. It’s neither too hot nor too cold, and you have a great view out over the autumn landscape of the Ruhr region.
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2. Experience brine and salt

Breathe in pure air in the “healing tunnel”, or “Heilstollen” in the Sauerland region or in the salina in Bad Salzuflen in the Teutoburger Wald forest – it’s good for you. Why? The Salz-Erlebnismuseum (Salt Experience Museum) in Bad Sassendorf not only presents the story of salt mining in an interesting and informative way; here, visitors can also get to know the health benefits of the “white gold”.

3. Forest bathing

Walk over colourful autumn leaves and consciously breathe in the fresh forest air. This doesn’t just benefit your health and strengthen your immune system, but it also has a name: This taking time out in nature is called “Shinrin-Yoku”, or “forest bathing”. Whether on a walk, a hike or sitting on a tree trunk, the purpose of forest bathing is to consciously relax and breathe in the clear forest air.

4. New pop culture city tours

The streets have cooled down after the summer heat, and the streets in NRW are being refreshed by a gentle autumn breeze. The perfect conditions for a city trip with music! From the end of August, the new online app,  “The Sound of #urbanana” will offer tours for the eyes and ears, taking users on a journey through the pop history of North Rhine-Westphalia. Once it has been fully completed, the online application will present over 150 important pop history sites in Cologne, Düsseldorf and the Ruhr region – and of course, with the music to match.

5. Pink Floyd in Dortmund

From 15 September 2018 to 10 February 2019, the world’s first Pink Floyd exhibition will be on display in Dortmund. The multimedia all-round experience exhibition looks back on more than five formative decades of rock history. The highlights of the exhibition include unreleased concert recordings, original instruments, unknown notes and a large number of personal memorabilia belonging to the members of the British cult band.

6. New Böckstiegel museum opened

In the Teutoburger Wald forest, visitors can become acquainted with a large number of works by the painter Peter August Böckstiegel. A new building in the grounds of the historic artist’s house in Werther near Bielefeld will show around 70 works by the artist from the Böckstiegel estate until 21 October. The artist, who was born in Werther in 1889 and who died there in 1951, is regarded as one of the most important exponents of Westphalian expressionism.

The listed building where he was born, a red-orange half-timbered house, is only open to a limited number of visitors due to its size, and will remain open in the future for guided tours.

7. Swirling over the largest old town fair in Europe

The All Saint’s Day fair in Soest is a real tradition. It has been held since at least 1338 – yet this fair is far from being tired and dusty. What makes it really special are above all the backdrop and the cosy atmosphere. Right in the heart of the town, between half-timbered houses and churches, is where the oldest fair in North Rhine-Westphalia is celebrated – this year, from 7 to 11 November 2018.

In addition to our TOP 7 favorite things to do on beautiful autumn days, you can experience hiking trails as well as Halloween specials in North Rhine-Westphalia.



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