No other German region has as many important witnesses of industrial history as North Rhine-Westphalia. A tight network of more than 60 industrial museums and visitor mines, almost 200 museums and facilities presenting the industrial history of NRW, and an even larger number of industrial and technology monuments characterises the region.
The central objectives of Tourismus NRW e.V. - the touristic umbrella association for North Rhine-Westphalia - include the promoting the image of (industrial) tourism as a future-orientated business factor, the optimization of general conditions for touristic marketing and the promotion of touristic cooperation in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Tourismus NRW e.V. was lead partner when the ERIH network was developed in the years 2003 to 2008, supported by the European Union (INTERREG III B - North West Europe).