North Rhine-Westphalia is the third most popular travel destination in Germany after Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. In 2016, 22.1 million guests visited North Rhine-Westphalia generating 49.6 million overnight stays. Visitors particularly enjoy the events and shopping opportunities in cities such as Cologne and Düsseldorf. Both destinations are among the twenty most visited German cities. North Rhine-Westphalia offers top-quality cultural events. Over 900 museums and 130 stages make the state one the most extensive cultural regions in Europe, alongside Paris and London. The NRW region also offers visitors six UNESCO World Heritage sites: Cologne Cathedral, Aachen Cathedral, the “Zeche Zollverein” coal mine complex in Essen, Augustusburg Palace, and Castle Falkenlust hunting lodge in Brühl – and since 2014, Corvey Castle in Höxter. North Rhine-Westphalia offers unique opportunities for active holidaymakers. The State has over 14,000 kilometres of cycle paths, over 50,000 kilometres of hiking routes and the largest ski area north of the Alps in the Sauerland region. Guests can travel to North Rhine- Westphalia via six international airports, 2,200 kilometres of motorways and an extensive rail network