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North Rhine-Westphalia

Introduction

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia, in western Germany, holds a deep industrial heritage. During WWII, the region housed the industrial Ruhr district, which was vital to the German war production, and therefore several cities and towns were totally destroyed. Nowadays, you can experience a rich atmosphere and choose from a great number of historic sites in North Rhine-Westphalia. Wander through the Hürtgen Forest to witness the battlefield of the longest battle fought on German soil from September 1944 until February 1945. Spend some time in Aachen, the first German city to be liberated by the Allies in October 1944 in the wake of the Battle of Aachen. Visit the towns of Düren or Jülich, devastated by Allied bombing since they were considered as major obstacles to the Allies’ plan to occupy the Rhineland. Find in Schleiden the Vogelsang IP Museum, an international place of active remembrance addressing significant issues about our present social life.

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