North Rhine-Westphalia with its rich urban and cultural landscapes has successfully completed its structural change as a region of coal and steel and discovered its natural treasures and its rich garden tradition for several years now.

The many-faceted and numerous historic and contemporary gardens are important building blocks of art and cultural heritage inspiring and nourishing the current urban development within this county. Only the triad of maintaining the cultural heritage, of fostering cultural tourism and of improving the quality of life in our cities by attractive parks and open space – also as a contribution to more family-friendliness – ensures sustainable and future-oriented cities and regions.

Garden enthusiasts – and those who want to become garden lovers – will find numerous historic parks and gardens of high international standard as well as a number of unique new gardens and many surprises in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Gardens, Parks, Landscapes, Urban and Regional Development in NRW

Urban Development, Garden Art and Cultural Landscapes

Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Landschaftsverband Rheinland – Kultur
Landschaftsverband Rheinland – LVR-Amt für Denkmalpflege im Rheinland
Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe – LWL-Denkmalpflege, Landschafts- und Baukultur in Westfalen


Website covering all REGIONALEN

2000 – Ostwestfalen-Lippe
2002 – Euroga 2002+
2004 – links und rechts der Ems
2006 – Spurwechsel
2008 – EuRegionale 2008
2010 – Brückenschläge
2013 – Südwestfalen
2016 – ZukunftsLAND

Emscher Landschaftspark (Emscher Landscape Park)

Internationale Bauausstellung EmscherPark 1989-1999
Emscher Landschaftspark

Landesgartenschauen (State Garden Shows)

Dezentrale Landesgartenschau 2002 – Standort Schloss Dyck
Dezentrale Landesgartenschau 2002 – Standort Schloss Benrath
Landesgartenschau 2005 – Leverkusen
Landesgartenschau 2008 – Rietberg
Landesgartenschau 2010 – Hemer
Landesgartenschau 2014 – Zülpich
Landesgartenschau 2017 – Bad Lippspringe

Regional Garden Networks, Tourism Agencies

Garten_Landschaft OstWestfalenLippe
Gärten und Parks in Westfalen-Lippe
Straße der Gartenkunst zwischen Rhein und Maas
Route Industrienatur
Münsterland Tourismus
Teutoburger Wald Tourismus
GartenKulturReisen zwischen Rhein und Weser

Internet Guide on Architecture in NRW


Open Garden Schemes

In the Rhineland
Gärten in Westfalen
Tag der Gärten und Parks in Westfalen-Lippe

Tour operators in NRW

Laade Gartenreisen
Seick Gartenreisen
Art Cities Reisen