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Known as one of the greenest areas across Germany with direct proximity to Belgium and the Netherlands, Cologne is located in the Rhine area. You can almost hear the sound of the sea. If you are that close to that many amazing destinations, you are left with basically no other option. Go ahead and rent your campervan in Cologne.
Using public transportation to our roadsurfer station
From the main station:
Train to Dormagen → Bus to Dormagen am Niederfeld → 6 minutes walk to roadsurfer (about 33 minutes)
Parking in Cologne-Dusseldorf
P+R Dormagen railway station (180 parking spaces) |
5 minutes walk downtown.
Free for 2 hours
2nd driver included
Free rebooking and cancellation up to 48h before the trip
Road assistance and comprehensive insurance
You made the right decision in renting a campervan in Cologne. Are you ready for a grandiose adventure? Start planning your roadtrip from Cologne. Make sure you leave yourself some time to discover this beautiful German metropolis. Looking for a hip, young and traditional city? Cologne has it all. The following will provide you with some great tips regarding campsites available in the area. Best part, you can relax in the countryside, which offers beautiful landscapes just right outside the city. It will take you a few minutes to get there with your campervan.
Campervan hire Cologne: “Camping Berger”, the “Camping City of Cologne” and the “Motorhome Port Cologne” are located directly at the longest German river. In the middle of the forest, but still very close to the city center, you can find the ideal campsite in the district “Dünnwald” called “Waldbad & Camping”.
The proximity to the bustling center of the city is close. Hence, you can easily reach all kinds of places around the area. There is so much space for parking your campervan, you would not believe it can be that easy. Even with the big Volkswagen California, it is not a hassle to find big enough spaces in the middle of this metropolis. Cologne offers quite a few parking spaces and garages. As you can tell, you do not have to worry about leaving your campervan. Start exploring Cologne!
The vibes and charm of the city will get to you in a few moments and will shift your perspective of Germany instantly. It is time to get out of the rental campervan and let your eyes wander. Where else could you take in all that the city has to offer than on one of the many rooftops across town?
Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) – the iconic symbol of the metropolis at the Rhine – will offer you a spectacular view on the city. Furthermore, by climbing up the stairs, you will visit the main and one of the most important landmarks in the area. You do not feel like walking that many stairs? Take the elevator to the platform and enjoy the view. Though, with the wind and all it is not for the weak. You are among the strong ones? Well, proof it and climb further up. The perfect finishing touch is the “Viertsturm” (tower) which was built in the 1960s and is the highest point of this massive cathedral. It is all worth it, because you will be rewarded with a great panorama. You should take many pictures and use them as postcards. Everyone you send them to will be jealous for sure.
First things first though: the right bank of the Rhine river provides another landmark: the Cologne Triangle. This tower serves primarily as a building which hosts many offices. If you have a closer look you will find, that on the 29th floor, approximately 100 meters above the city, there is a large platform. Enjoy the view and look at Dusseldorf or the “Siebengebirge” (mountain range) from a greater distance. Take in the breathtakingly beautiful view at the “Bergisches Land” as well.
Additionally, there is a cable car in Cologne that is quite unique to German cities in general. This cable car invites visitors to float above the Rhine since 1957. Try it and admire the city’s unique panorama. It is equipped with 44 gondolas, but beware, it travels only until late autumn between the Rhine Park and the Cologne Zoo. If you travel during winter you will not be able to take a ride with this cable car. While you are at it, visit the park and the zoo as well.
roadsurfer tip: You are afraid of heights? Better not get on the cable car then. But instead there is a city tour down on the ground and you will experience Cologne a different, still interesting, way. For the really adventurous of you there is a tour below ground level. It starts in the excavation area of the “Domparkhaus” and you will learn about the Roman North Gate and the Roman Wall. The path continues along the Roman Harbor and leads you to the crypt of the Great Saint Martin. Finally, you will visit the imposing remnants of the Praetorium and walk right through a Roman sewer. Up in the air, down on the ground and below the earth: Cologne provides tours for every taste.
You have already rented your little motor home in Cologne? If not, do immediately. Our Volkswagen California at roadsurfer has cult status among people in the know. The only thing that is missing are the artful drawings of flowers, shapes and in the colors of the crazy, psychedelic, and romantic 1970s. In order to compensate for this, we advise you to travel around Cologne and enjoy the beautiful street arts. It will make up for it and you will find your 70s groove quite quickly.
Best of all, as you move from artwork to artwork, you’ll embark on a city tour of downtown Cologne – two birds, one stone. Start at “Friesenplatz” on “Friesenstrasse”. Continue towards “Albertusstrasse” and enjoy the artworks around the area. Totally, it is a tour of around 5 kilometers and ends at “Barbarossaplatz”. Plan around 2 hours for your tour. Even more if you are into those exciting, creative and interesting works of art.
The greatest German river contributes to the beautiful landscape in and around Cologne. Hence, it was the best choice to rent your campervan with roadsurfer in Cologne. Indulge in freedom, relaxation and serenity. Cologne is noisy and big? If you think so, head out for the countryside. A lot of fresh air, wide meadows and calming landscapes will overwhelm everyone.
Take the “Volksgarten” as an example as well. It is one of the oldest parks in Cologne. The 5.5 acre lake, the beer garden, which is typically German, and exciting greenery will give you peace. Up to this day, the garden still serves as one of the most popular meeting spot for locals.
Apart from the Rhine Park there is another one worth a visit: if you enter via the park in the “Deutz-Mühlheim” neighborhood you will be surprised by the rails in the middle of the park. This is unusual, but makes the park particularly special. Enter between the “Tanzbrunnen” and “Zoobrücke” and you will get right to the spot. The railways are still in use and home to a little train especially great for traveling with children. It drives around the Rhine Park and is a lot of fun. If you decide for a spot, get off the train and take a break under one of the huge trees or the lawn.
roadsurfer tip: Visit the river banks. Take in everything it has to offer and feel the “Kölsch Jeföhl” (roughly translated as the vibe of the city in its local dialect). The river serves as an expression and sense of life, not only because it divides the city into the right and left half. These halfs are still fighting over who is the better neighborhood and they will probably do for a few more years always trying to distinguish one from the other. Back to the river, put on your bikini and shorts and relax at the sandy beach or stroll along the newly constructed Rhine Boulevard. No matter what you decide on doing, you will get a break around here.
There are rumors among Germans, that the beer in Cologne, the so called “Kölsch”, is quite the bad one compared to others. These are just rumors, so you should definitely try and see that this beer serves its purpose and is a classic in Germany. Try it at one of the many beer gardens, for example the “Rathenauplatz”. Get some food and drinks, strengthen yourself to continue the journey and have some amazing “Kölsch”. There is only 0.2 liters per glass, so expect to spend some more on another.
Campervan hire Cologne: The multitude of pubs and taverns around Cologne make it quite difficult to pin done one, so we provide you with some more of our roadsurfer tips:
Apart from amazingly tasty beer you can have food about everywhere too. Some traditional dishes include “Himmel un Ääd” (mashed potato, mashed apples and sausage), “Halve Hahn” (rye roll with cheese) and “Rhenish Sauerbraten” (meat). Quite grounded foods which match the attitude of the locals in the city. There is no place for an attitude there.
roadsurfer tip: the drinks in “Engelbertstrasse” with the best German cocktail bars. Visit “2013” with its humorous staff and excellent cocktails.
“Rheinland, wat bes do staats” (roughly translated as land around the Rhine, how beautiful you are) is what locals would say about its city. Truly, this state has so much beauty to offer. We strongly suggest to rent a camper at roadsurfer Cologne, because there is nothing better than to explore the breathtaking landscape of this piece of land on four wheels. Rivers, forests, meadows, animals and anything you might imagine. You will find it here. Numerous castles and palaces provide spectacular views and make you feel like you are dreaming.
Need some names? Well, we have them all! Castle Satzvey, Castle Brühl, Castle Burg Zons, Castle Paffendorf, Castle Drachenburg, Castle Augustusburg, Castle Falkenlust, Castle Bensberg, Castle Poppelsdorf, Castle Gymnich, Castle Heiligenhoven, Castle Homburg, Castle Liedberg, Castle Wahn, Godesburg, Castle Kendenich, Castle Konradsheim, Castle Gleuel, Castle Hernstein, Castle Blankenberg, Castle and Ruins of Herrenbröl, Freusburg, Castle Bergerhausen, Castle Niederberg. We think this can go on and on, but we do not want to bore you. Go and see yourself and be surprised.
roadsurfer tip: The city of “Hennef” in the south-east of Cologne close to “Bonn” offers a beautiful castle that you can visit with your little ones. It is a children’s adventure trail as well. Anton and Amelie, two fictitious figures, have to save the city of Blankenberg from the alchemist Malus Sinistrius. The kids can solve puzzles here and play around. Each stop has some game to play and riddle to solve. On the way, all visitors will pass the numerous sights around Blankenberg such as the church of Saint Katharina, the old town and the huge castle.
You want to rent your Volkswagen “Bulli” in Cologne? This is the perfect beginning of a perfect holiday and a start in one of the most charming parts of Germany. The land of the Rhine is only the beginning.
Head to Belgium to taste there yummy local foods. Culinary delights are awaiting. Use the A4 motorway to get there. If you want to remain in Germany for the time being, visit the beautiful town of Aachen. Afterwards you can still head to Brussels or to the sea in Bruges.
It takes you less than threes hours to get to Amsterdam. Visit the capital of Holland by the sea. Freedom is what drives this city and seems to be quite important in every aspect of life. First and foremost though, this is the most camper friendly country in the world. Take the motorway A57 or A3 and see for yourself.
Feel like summer, beaches and cocktails at the pool? Head to the Mediterranean. It takes you around 5 hours with your campervan to reach Paris. Take the motorway A4, pass Aachen, cross Belgium and you are there. Visit Valenciennes or Sedan to have the perfect camping experience in France.
Roadsurfer Cologne offers you the best deals for a good price with many advantages. Rent your campervan, Volkswagen California or Volkswagen “Bulli” in Cologne and experience the best roadtrip you will ever have. Afterwards, take it back to us without a hassle. We will make sure everything will go as smooth as possible for you and pick it up at an agreed location. We are looking forward to meet you personally.
Amidst small alleys the vibrant life of Dusseldorf awaits you and offers a spectacular cultural scene. If you decide to rent your campervan in Dusseldorf, you will soon see why this city is so popular. Deeply rooted in its urban history, it is still a modern and young city with a lot to offer for every liking. So what are you waiting for? Rent a camper and experience the Rhine metropolis.
You did the first step? You decided to rent your campervan in Dusseldorf with roadsurfer? Hence, you should get ready to start your adventure and the best way to do that is Dusseldorf. Start locally and enjoy the great metropolis. It is not as expensive as many people think. Within the city you will frequently find campsites to use with your campervan rental and the surroundings offer even more beautiful sites where your campervan will feel right at home, as well as you. Within short reach there are around 20 campsites and further possibilities to stay with your campervan. If you want to visit different cities, many are just around the corner. Visit Cologne, Bonn, or Dortmund. You can rarely visit that many greater cities within this short amount of time.
roadsurfer tip: Get yourself a “Dusseldorf-Card”. The ticket is quite appealing, as it not only allows you to use all public transport for free, but also offers free and reduced admission to museums, various interesting sights, the theater, concerts and various other activities in the area. You are traveling with a group of friends or family? No problem! Get yourself a group ticket. It is just 32 Euro.
This wondrous city covers just half a square kilometer. Nevertheless, it has that much to offer. The longest bar in the world is home in Dusseldorf, consisting of more than 260 bars. There are fine local breweries, hip bars that play electronic music and exquisite restaurants for your fine dining experiences. In addition to those culinary delights, the district offers a variety of cultural institutions. It is home to museums, theaters and art exhibitions. The choices are various and there is something for everyone.
Apart from bars, restaurants and theaters, the area holds the oldest church of the city stemming from the 13th century called the “Saint Lambertus Basilica”. This architectural highlight is integral to the unmistakable skyline of Dusseldorf with its unique silhouette of the twisted tower. Adding the “Schlossturm” and the “Düssel” – which is the inofficial name for the city – it makes up the historical town center.
roadsurfer tip: The castle with its adjacent “Benrath” park offers further historical insights. From the main station it takes around six minutes to reach the castle. You can easily reach it with your rented campervan as well. The building is characteristically Rococo. If you want to enjoy the architectural highlight from afar, sit down on a bench in the park at the river or stroll along the banks of the Rhine.
Located at the Rhine, Dusseldorf draws many visitors with its unique charm. The greatest river in Germany runs through the city and adds to the vibrant pulse of this metropolis. The so called “Medienhafen” (literally translated as media harbor) is another unique building that adds something extroverted and unusual to the overall image of the city.
168 meters above water and a spectacular view across the city and the surrounding area, you will find the “Rhine Tower”. If you visit during the summer, make sure you get up there and enjoy the view. You can even see the Cathedral of Cologne in the distance. Next to the tower you will find other landmarks such as the parliament of the state and the city gate. Well known architects such as Frank O. Gehry, David Chipperfield, Joe Coenen, Steven Holl, and Claude Vasconi have visited these places and left their marks on the city. Especially the “Medienhafen” as the most remarkable landmark of Dusseldorf, was created by these famous architects. Run down warehouses became a mecca for creative minds such as them and left people to their imagination to build and create the modern eyecatching buildings that characterise the city.
If you visited the tower and enjoyed the view on top of the world, continue with a cruise on the river. It serves as the perfect ending to an exciting day in the city and rounds off your tour through the harbor. You have various choices and even possibilities to take cruises to other cities in the “Ruhrgebiet” via river Rhine. The following tours offer rides throughout the day on the Rhine:
Whether you travel by boat, with public transport or your roadsurfer campervan, you must visit the district that is “Kaiserwerth”. Put it on your agendy as a thing you have to do in Dusseldorf. It serves as an integral strategic base on the banks of Rhine river and offers a perfect contrast to the area around the harbor in the middle of the city. The ruins of the imperial palace of emperor Friedrich Barbarossa represent important remains of the medieval centuries. The tiny streets invite you to dream with its baroque houses on the market square, the Rhine promenade with its amazing view on the landscape around the “Niederrhein” (Lower Rhine) and the Saint Suitbertus Basilica from the 11th century.
Do not go hungry and get satisfied by the amazing food options you have at hand in Dusseldorf. The Rhine Tower is not only one of the amazing landmarks, it also offers delicious coffee and cake. Take a break and enjoy some delicate local specialties with an amazing view.
Once you finished that delicious cake and enjoyed the beautiful sundown. Campervan hire in Dusseldorf and head out towards the longest bar in the world for some drinks. Attention though! Park your campervan somewhere safe and do not drink and drive. On your menu that night should be drinks such as the typical herbal liqueur “Killepitsch”, a local product from Dusseldorf, as well as the “Altbier” (beer) from one of the numerous breweries. If you want to grab dinner before, try some “Rheinischer Sauerbraten” with dumplings and applesauce.
Talking to the real foodies among you: pay a visit to “Carlsplatz”. Over the years, the old farmer’s market has become an Eldorado for gourmets. Get yourself fruit, vegetables and some meat for your travels. You can prepare a delicious meal with all the ingredients in your campervan.
roadsurfer tip: A traditional guided tour for beer lovers. Enjoy some “Altbier” and learn about its rich history. Walk along the “Brauereiweg” and try as many types of beer as you can.
Rent a camper with roadsurfer in Dusseldorf and enjoy some action and fun at the camping sites. They are perfectly fit for families with children. You will have an amazing time.
How about the biggest fair at the Rhine? Decided when to go already? If not, consider the month of July. The fair takes place during that time and is held in celebration of the patron Saint Apollinaris. More than 3,000 stands and sales people are pleased to welcome you to the happy parade. The fair ground is 165,000 square meters big and includes various rides. The highlight are the colorful fireworks on the last Friday of the fair. Make sure to stay for the occasion.
If you are looking for other fun things to do with your children, visit the “Aquazoo”, which is a combination of a typical zoo, an aquarium and a museum of natural history. Watch the fascinating flora and fauna. Observe the underwater world. Feed the animals at one of the daily public feedings. Want to have a taste? Check out the special zoo on the web and enjoy their show with a few penguins.
roadsurfer tip: You have had enough of water and petting the animals? Then follow in the footsteps of our ancestors. The Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann provides that exact opportunity. This museum is quite adventurous because you have to participate in any kind of activity it offers.
Not just Dusseldorf itself is worth a trip, also its beautiful surroundings with first class historical sights to admire and many things to learn. “Zons” Festival for example, is a splendid occasion to experience medieval urban culture. This sight is so well preserved, you will feel like you traveled back in time. Start here and continue to visit the Rhine and walk along its banks and afterward to the “Judd Tower” and the wooden windmill close by.
“Dyck” castle ranks among the most significant castles in the history of the Rhine area and is surrounded by the historic park with a breathtaking landscape to take in. The imposing moated castle allows you to experience life as it was 900 years ago and takes you back to a long lost era. Especially gardeners and lovers of nature must visit this sight.
For something more daring and futuristic, visit the landmarks in the “Hombroich” area. Tadao Ando, a Japanese architect, has created an impressive building in the area. The “House of the Long Foundation” is made of glass, concrete and steel. Experience this fascinating construction and change your perspective on nature, art, and physics. The scientist inside you will be very happy here.
roadsurfer tip: Go hiking and cycling along the Rhine river or take your campervan to the “Niederbergisches Land” where you will come across many interesting themed routes. Everyone will find the perfect route to enjoy the day out. These tracks are further proof of Dusseldorf’s diversity regarding the city life, nature, and history.
You explored Dusseldorf and the surrounding area already with your campervan? Continue und travel towards your next destination. What does your route look like with the campervan? What direction should you head towards? Your campervan will take you wherever you want to go.
The motorways A3, A73 and A57 take you to Amsterdam in about 2.5 hours. Head towards the Atlantic coast and visit beautiful Holland. The motorways A1, A46 and A31 will take you towards northern Germany in the direction of Bremen. It will take you only 3 hours to get there. So start out with your rental camper.
Take your camper in the direction of France. It will take you around five hours via the motorway E42 and right into Paris. From there it is a stones throw to the french Atlantic coast. France seems to big of a drive? Head to Belgium and visit Antwerp, Maastricht and Brussels. You will enjoy a wonderful time in this country. Another practical thing to notice: if you still want to go to France you can because Belgium is basically along the way. You can cross the country with your campervan and visit France.
You can easily return your campervan in Dusseldorf. As a matter of fact, return it whenever you like and at the most convenient place and we will take care of the rest. Our roadsurfer Dusseldorf location will take your camper back without any hussle. We are happy to hear about your roadtrip and share stories that we have experienced too.