In Cologne, tourists and business travelers can look forward to an enjoyable stay. The famous city in North Rhine-Westphalia is known nationwide for its exuberant carnival celebrations as well as the Cologne Cathedral. But the city of Cologne also has much more to offer. In order to get to know and use all the exciting and interesting sights and leisure activities in Cologne, visitors are best advised to book a hired car. Discover the Rhine metropolis Cologne with a hired car and experience the Rhineland culture.
With Driveboo you can compare easily the offers of car hire companies and save money when hiring a car. Various vehicle categories are available for hire in Cologne, from small cars such as the Fiat 500 to luxury cars such as the Mercedes S-Class. Simply hire the car in Cologne that best suits your needs. A popular pick-up station for the hired car is the nearby Airport of Cologne. The airport is on the outskirts of cologne and approximately 16 kilometers away from the center. Not only the center but also other interesting destinations are near the airport and easily reachable with the hired car. In the city are several rental stations where you can pick up the hired car you booked online from at home, but the airport is the most convenient if you arrive there with an plane. Then you don’t have to worry about how you’ll get to your accommodations or on the return how to get to the airport.
As a rule, it is no problem to register an additional driver. However, this should be included in the rental contract during the booking process, but at the latest when the hired car is collected. Only the drivers who have registered are covered by insurance. Otherwise, without registration very high costs can arise in the event of an accident, which are not covered by any insurance.
The imposing Cologne Cathedral is the unmatched landmark of the metropolis and one of the best-known buildings in North Rhine-Westphalia. With a height of 157 meters it is the third highest church building in the world. The Roman Catholic Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built in the Gothic style and is said to house relics of the Three Kings in a shrine. Therefore, it is an important Christian pilgrimage destination. The cathedral was built in Gothic style - typical for this are the two spire towers that characterize the building. In front of the cathedral is a pedestrian platform with a wide staircase. Visitors should park their rented car in one of the multi-store car parks or in the surrounding area, around the cathedral.
Cologne Cathedral, Cologne
The Roman Catholic Gothic cathedral in Cologne
Depending on the direction from which you approach the cathedral with your hired car, you should bear in mind that the three-arched Hohenzollern Bridge next to the Cologne Cathedral is only open to railways, pedestrians and cyclists. In order to avoid annoying procedures, it is therefore worthwhile for non-local residents to book a navigation device when booking a car with their car.
In addition to the cathedral, Cologne offers many other sights worth visiting. After all, the city is already more than 2000 years old and looks back on an eventful history. For example, you can visit the high-medieval city wall and in Zeughausstraße you can see the Roman tower. The tower belongs to the former Roman city fortification. In addition, numerous churches dominate the townscape. This includes the Basilica of St. Kunibert, the early Romanesque church of St. Pantaleon, the Gothic St. Peter's Church and the baroque church of St. Mary's Assumption. Near Cologne Cathedral stands the large Romanesque church Great St. Martin with its monumental crossing tower. The synagogue in Cologne also catches the eye with its beautiful building in the neo-Romanesque style and its large window rosette.
Other exciting sights such as Cologne's city hall with its octagonal 'Ratsturm'. These are also worth a visit and can be easily reached by hired car. In the Belgian Quarter and the Südstadt, visitors can also admire many Art Nouveau buildings. The lively residential areas have turned into popular trendy neighborhoods home to modern boutiques, cafés, clubs and galleries.
Cologne has a diversity of interesting things to see and do. A yearly highlight in July is the Open-Air Festival “Kölner Lichter” where you can see a beautiful firework accompanied by music at the Rhein River. With the hired car you can easily get there and look at the spectacle from your car if you want.
Cologne has other things to offer too. If you are into sports you can hike, ride a bike, climb or just swim in one of the swimming pools. Or you can just watch people doing sport in the Lanxess Arena
Chocolate museum at the rhine banks in Cologne
Museum Ludwig for contemporary art in Cologne
The densely populated Ruhr area with its many-sided cities can be explored conveniently and cheaply with a hired car. In the immediate vicinity of Cologne, for example, it is worth visiting the neighboring city of Leverkusen, where Morsbroich Castle and the Reuschenberg Game Park are located. One of the most popular destinations in North Rhine-Westphalia is the former electoral residence city of Brühl, since it's home to the popular leisure park Phantasialand. Travelers should reserve their hired car in advance and choose the best deal through the Driveboo price comparison.
|Destinations near Cologne||Distance||Duration with a hired car|
|Leverkusen||approx. 19 kilometers||approx. 20 minutes|
|Brühl||approx. 25 kilometers||approx. 28 minutes|
|Bonn||approx. 35 kilometers||approx. 32 minutes|
|Düsseldorf||approx. 44 kilometers||approx. 45 minutes/td>|
|Wuppertal||approx. 55 kilometers||approx. 45 minutes|
|Essen||approx. 72 kilometers||approx. 1 hour|
|Duisburg||approx. 74 kilometers||approx. 1 hour|
|Dortmund||approx. 95 kilometers||approx. 1 hour & 15 minutes|