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Car rentals in Cologne


Car Hire in Cologne

This information is correct as of June 2015.

Where to hire a car in Cologne

Great things and sights await visitors in this German city of Cologne. For ease of travel, there are nu-merous car rental companies offering their services in the locality like Europcar, Sixt, Expedia, Kayak, Enterprise, Avis, Hertz, Buchbinder Autovermietung, National Car Rental, CARO, OldieRent, and STARCAR. Their main locations are usually near the Cologne Bonn Airport and the Cologne Central Sta-tion. They also have branches in other parts of the city especially in Braunsfield/City Center, North/Ossendorf, Deutz, Suerth, Porz/Gremberghoven, Hilton Hotel, West/BMW Procar, South/BMW Procar, and Old Town/Maritim Hotel. These car rental companies have the car you need to explore numerous tourist destinations in Cologne. Budget-friendly cars like minis, economy, and compact cars are perfect for those travelling on a tight budget while families and big groups can opt to rent bigger cars like SUVs, wagons, and even buses.

What to expect when hiring a car from Cologne

Driving in Cologne, Germany is considered to be a challenge for most despite good highways and by-ways in the city. One-way streets could be confusing and could even cause travellers to get lost so be prepared with maps and the right directions. Also expect heavy traffic on these one-way streets. There are four routes going around the left bank of Cologne which circumscribes the centre of the city — Militärringstrasse, der Gürtel, die Ringe, and the North-South route.

Cologne also observes a strict “low emissions” policy and cars without green stickers will not be al-lowed to go around the city. There are parking slots available in P+R parking lots which can be found in various parts of the city. The Buspark Koln, which is the central coach parking area in Cologne, has about 80 parking spaces.

Getting to your destination

Cologne Cathedral
This cathedral is the home of the Archbishop of Cologne and the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. Its structure is a sight to behold because of its Gothic architecture which took it to the list of World Heritage sites. The Cologne Cathedral is said to be the most visited landmark in all of Germany with an average of 20,000 people flocking to this place every day.

The structure could be reached via the A559 route from Cologne Bonn Airport. Located near the city centre, drive to Cologne Cathedral for seven minutes from central Cologne, via Tunisstraße. The route will lead to Burgmauer then eventually Margarethenkloster.

Cologne Cable Car
The cable car experience in Cologne should not be missed by any travelling visitor since the view from up those gondola lifts is just breath-taking. This cable car goes across the Rhine River and runs 935 me-tres from one bank of the Rhine to the other. If arriving from the Cologne Bonn Airport, the cable car site could be reached in about 20 minutes tak-ing the Östliche Zubringerstraße/L124 road. Coming from the city centre, take B51, or alternatively, Riehler Street.

Museum Ludwig
Located near the Cologne Cathedral, Museum Ludwig is a repository of great art collections especially the works of Picasso. Other artists featured in this museum are Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

The museum can be found just across the Cologne Central Station, on Bischofsgartenstraße.

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