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Cologne is the largest city in the picturesque German region of Northern Rhineland.
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From Cologne Bonn Airport, it’s just a 20-minute drive to Cologne where many sights await.
With so much to see and do here it can be hard to know where to start, but from the Old Town everything is easily reached. With its narrow alleyways, traditional houses and array of cafes, restaurants and bars, it’s a great place to spend an afternoon and get a taste of local German life.
Nearby attractions include Cologne Cathedral – an imposing gothic-style Roman Catholic church. City Hall is another well-known local landmark, as well as the Church of Great St Martin.
If you’re looking for culture, you’re in the right spot. The Old Town is where many museums are located, including the Wallraf-Richartz Museum – home to an impressive collection of fine art from medieval times to the early 20th century. Modern art enthusiasts should check out Museum Ludwig, which features works from the pop art, surrealist and abstract art movements.
The Old Town is also peppered with historic monuments, including statues of Tünnes and Schäl – famous figures from Cologne’s puppet theatre. There’s also the well-known fountain Heinzelmännchen, also referred to as Cologne Elves Fountain.
For a change of scenery, head to the modern Rheinauhafen district. This waterfront complex settled right on the River Rhine is close to the city centre and packed with bustling cafes, restaurants and galleries.
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Northern Rhineland is a diverse part of Germany offering everything from forests and nature reserves, to quaint towns and cultural hubs like Düsseldorf and Cologne.
Outdoor enthusiasts are extremely well catered for in the district of Rhein-Erft-Kreis. This stunning region located along the Rhine and Erft rivers can be reached in around 50 minutes from Cologne Bonn Airport and offers numerous opportunities for hiking, golfing, climbing and kayaking. There are also over 50 castles and palaces to explore in the area, such as the expansive Augustusburg Palace, as well as museums, watermills and historic towns.
Only a 30-minute drive down the A555 from Cologne is the relaxed city of Bonn, picturesquely positioned on the banks of the Rhine. It offers an old historic centre, opportunities for riverside dining and plenty of museums to visit. Bonn was also the birthplace of Beethoven, so be sure to visit the house he was born in – now a museum dedicated to the famous composer.
Steer west from Cologne Bonn Airport and within around an hour you’ll reach the spa town of Aachen. While it’s known for its rich mineral springs, there are a number of other attractions on offer here too – namely the city’s cathedral, which was the first German monument to be awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO.
Discover the delights of Cologne and Northern Rhineland at your own pace by hiring your car at Cologne Bonn Airport. The road is yours.