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Located close to central Siegberg, Siegburg Train Station is a convenient start point for excursions around Germany’s state of North Rhine-Westphalia. With the convenience of car hire, picturesque Michaelsberg Abbey, Siebengebirge National Park, Drachenfels Castle and historic cities such as Bonn, Cologne and Dusseldorf are among delights easily accessed. The station is just a few minutes’ walk from Siegberg’s town centre where hotels make a great base for the outings.
Who to Book With
Sixt, Europcar and Avis are among reputable car suppliers with offices in Siegburg. Passengers travelling to Siegburg can reserve their vehicles online prior to departure. Mahrstrasse and Wilhelmstrasse converge outside the station. Two of the companies’ offices are on these streets. Other depots are either in or close to industrial estates on the outer edges of town.
Best Time to Go
North Rhine-Westphalia is at its finest between May and early October when the days are long and sunny. Exploring or sitting outside in a beer garden or on a café terrace is always more pleasant when the sun is shining. Most visitors arrive in July and August and it is better to avoid these months if possible as hotel and vehicle hire rates are dearer.
Need to Know Essentials
Drivers collecting vehicles will be asked to produce these items:
- A valid national driver’s licence or international licence
- Passport or some other form of identification
- A printout confirming the reservation details
- The debit or credit card used to make the booking
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Siegberg’s streets are not overly congested and drivers with car rental will encounter little difficulty in finding their way out of town. There are plenty of parking spaces in Siegberg, both on-street and in car parks, which are usually only full on Saturdays and during holidays. Ones near the station include the Kreishaus Cineplex on Wilhelmstrasse and Konrad Adenauer Allee. Germany does not collect toll fees from private cars on its autobahns. Most petrol stations in the locality are self-service and accept international credit cards for payment.
See our Guide to driving in Germany for more resources.
Siegburg Train Station is at the heart of the regional transport system on the western side of Bonn. It is a stop on the high-speed line from Cologne to Frankfurt. Local S-Bahn trains call at Siegburg and it has direct services from Bonn’s central rail station. The Tourist Information office rents e-bikes for excursions along the banks of the River Sieg. Trips farther afield are easy with your own self-drive car.
Siegburg’s train services primarily consist of Intercity-Express (ICE) and S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr services. The S12 runs three times an hour during the day to Cologne. Stadtbahn Line 66 (the Telekom Express) links Bonn Hauptbahnhof and Siegburg.
Siegburg Train Station and the town’s bus station are connected. Useful bus routes from Siegburg are number 640 to Bonn and number 510 to Hennef. Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg operates the majority of the regional bus services.
The station’s taxi rank is at the front of the main concourse. Taxi fares are not cheap in this region of Germany and work out to around €2.20 a kilometre (£1.87-0.625 mile). Kremer Taxi offers 24-hour service and can be reached by telephoning +49 2241 334911.
Car rental is the most comfortable choice for seeing the sights in this interesting part of Germany. After negotiating a route out of town, destinations such as Konigswinter, Zulpich, Siebengebirge National Park and the UNESCO site and former coal producing complex at Zollverein are among the visitor delights. Historic buildings in the vicinity include Schloss Benrath and Drachenfels.
Mining heritage at Zollverein – This coal mining complex near Essen, which closed in 1986, has been given a new lease of life as one of Europe’s most famous industrial heritage monuments. The Bauhaus boiler-house that sits atop Shaft 12 is now home to the Red Dot Design Museum. The mine’s coking plant is one of several other peerless monuments here.
Konigswinter and the Siebengebirge hills - Konigswinter sits beside the River Rhine, south of Siegburg, and is the access point for the Siebengebirge hills. The Drachenfels Railway provides a scenic route up Drachenfels where commanding views and the ruins of the 12th century Drachenfels castle are the draws. Riding a ferry across the Rhine to Bad Godesberg is the activity of choice for many Konigswinter visitors.
Medieval Zuelpich – Zuelpich is one of the few cities in northern Germany with almost intact medieval walls and gates. Kolntor and Bachtor are two of the majestic gates. Romerthermen features preserved Roman baths and a modern day museum. The Ruckriem Sculptures, Zuelpicher Castle and a combined water-sports lake and Nordic-walking park ensure Zuelpich is a favourite with international visitors.