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Top Choice Cathedral in Aachen

Aachener Dom

It’s impossible to overestimate the significance of Aachen’s magnificent cathedral. The burial place of Charlemagne, it’s where more than 30 German kings were crowned and where pilgrims have flocked since the 12th c…
Top Choice Church in The Ahr Valley & the Eifel

Abteikirche Maria Laach

Serenely tucked within beautiful Eifel countryside, Abteikirche Maria Laach is one of the finest examples of a Romanesque church in Germany. Part of a 900-year-old Benedictine abbey, it is next to a volcanic lake, t…
Top Choice Museum in Xanten

Archäologischer Park

The Roman Colonia Ulpia Traiana has been reborn as an archaeological park, an open-air museum that features faithfully reconstructed buildings to help visitors visualise what the Roman town looked like. The self-gui…
Top Choice Museum in Düsseldorf

K21 Ständehaus

A stately 19th-century parliament building forms a fabulously dichotomous setting for the cutting-edge art of the K21 – a collection only showcasing works created after the 1980s. Large-scale film and video installa…
Top Choice Museum in Aachen

Domschatzkammer

Aachen's cathedral treasury is a veritable mother lode of gold, silver and jewels. Of particular importance are the silver-and-gold bust of Charlemagne and a 10th-century bejewelled processional cross known as the L…
Top Choice Museum in Düsseldorf

K20 Grabbeplatz

A collection that spans the arc of 20th-century artistic vision gives the K20 an enviable edge in the art world. It encompasses major works by Picasso, Matisse and Mondrian and more than 100 paintings and drawings b…
Top Choice Palace in Brühl

Schloss Augustusburg

The favourite palace of archbishop and prince-elector Clemens August, Schloss Augustusburg is a precious rococo symphony designed by François Cuvilliés. It was further embellished by other big-name 18th-century arch…
Top Choice Club in Düsseldorf

Salon des Amateurs

At one of Germany's most progressive dance clubs, the music skews heavily towards non-mainstream electronic and improvisational acts, which makes for a nice contrast to the '60s vintage look. The glass-fronted club …
Top Choice German in Düsseldorf

Brauerei im Füchschen

Boisterous, packed and drenched with local colour – the ‘Little Fox’ in the Altstadt is all you expect a Rhenish beer hall to be. The kitchen is especially famous for its mean Schweinshaxe (roast pork leg) served in…
Top Choice Beer Hall in Düsseldorf

Zum Uerige

Local colour by the bucketful (despite the high tourist contingent) is what awaits at this cavernous Altbier brewpub. The suds flow so quickly from giant copper vats that the waiters – called Köbes – simply carry hu…