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This delightful city with Roman origins is home to stunning cathedrals and world-famous museums, with a cosmopolitan metropolis that boasts more than one million inhabitants. Cologne is popular with tourists for its tasty cuisine, gardens and large plazas, as well as a vibrant nightlife, especially during the annual carnival festivities. Car hire in Cologne is a great way to travel around and explore its surroundings. Book with us today before travelling to Cologne to secure a car at a great price.
The city’s most famous landmark is the 13th century Gothic cathedral, the Dom, with its beautiful stained-glass windows and magnificent twin spired structure, which is supported by 56 pillars.
Art lovers head for the Museum Complex between the Rhine and the cathedral. It contains paintings from 14th century Dutch and German masters in a beautiful skylit setting.
If you have the time be sure to take a tour of the wonderful Ludwig Museum. The most popular of the eight museums found in this cathedral city, providing information regarding many 20th century international works of art. Another museum worth visiting is the Römisch-Germanisches Museum, which provides its viewers with historical evidence of Roman past times along the River Rhine.
Cologne offers its visitors a range of eateries from standard corner cafes to first class restaurants, as well as its fantastic breweries selling unique Kölsch beer. Its nightspots can be found in the area around Gross St. Martin in the Altstadt, which has also become very popular with tourists and businessmen. Südstadt, or St. Severins quarter, offers the most stylish and relaxing cafes and bars, but apparently the place to be is Belgisches Viertel, lying only a short distance west of the city centre.
Operas, concerts, ballet performances and theatre plays are held almost every evening throughout Cologne's centre.
By car around Cologne you can see the Roman Dionysus mosaic, the Jewish Mikwe, the medieval Overstolzenhaus, Gürzenich hall, and the Opera House.
Cologne Bonn Airport is the nearest to the city centre, located half way between Cologne and Bonn, and has connecting flights to many trans-Atlantic and European cities, as well as ongoing flights to regional destinations. Car rentals are on offer from the airport's arrivals hall. Leading suppliers Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Book cheap car hire at Cologne Bonn Airport with carrentals.co.uk and we will provide you with a better selection of cars and even more suppliers to choose from.
Trains run regularly between the Airport and the Hauptbahnhof (central train station), which is within easy walking distance of many sights, pubs and hotels. The airport bus number 170 travels to Cologne central station, every 20 minutes. A taxi ride from the airport to the city centre takes about 20 minutes and will cost around 40 DM.
Trains depart regularly from the Hauptbahnhof to destinations throughout Germany and there are nonstop services to many European centers. Buses also services many destinations throughout Germany and ply long haul routes across the European mainland.
Buses serve as a reliable way to get around the city, and offer economical daily and 3-day passes. Driving in Cologne is made easy by the concentric rings; the outer-most is the Autobahnring and from here the main arterials go inwards towards the city. Signs lead clearly to the Dom and the central station, where you can find underground parking. Book cheap car hire in Cologne in advance of travel and enjoy the easy driving in and around the city.