Cologne is as popular with business travellers as it is those who are visiting for pleasure. If you’re on a work-related trip you’ll find it’s an efficient, modern commercial centre with great infrastructure. If you’re here for fun, you’ll discover one of Germany’s most popular historic attractions and a fascinating riverside city.
Our offices are well placed so you can quickly pick up a hire car wherever you are in Cologne. You’ll find us in the centre in Breslauer Platz, at the airport and in convenient commercial districts, like Rovert-Perthel Strasse.
We offer a wide choice of vehicles, including luxury cars, vans and economical hatchbacks.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0830-1730, Sa 0900-1100, Su closed
Address:Breslauer Platz 2, Wyndham Koeln Hotel
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0730-1800, Sa 0800-1200, Su closed.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0700-1800, Sa 0700-1200, Su 0900-1100
Address:Robert-Perthel Strasse 14-16
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0700-2300, Sa 0900-1730, Su 0900-2300.
Address:Terminal 1 - Car Rental Centre
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0730-1800, Sa 0800-1100, Su 1000-1100
Address:Pauline Christmann Strasse 5
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Cologne is big; it’s Germany’s fourth largest city. But if you have a hire car it’s easy to get around, thanks to a motorway ring road and an efficient network that includes a series of bridges so you can drive across the Rhine.
Cologne’s enormous gothic cathedral is the distinctive landmark of the city. The twin-spired Catholic Church was once a major destination for pilgrims due to its shrine that is said to contain the remains of the Three Kings who visited Jesus after his birth. Now a World Heritage Site, it has once again become one of Germany’s most visited buildings, thanks to tourism. First gaze up at the enormous façade – it’s the biggest of any cathedral in the world. Then step inside; it’s so large that there’s room for 20,000 people.
Today the cathedral is Cologne’s second-tallest structure, surpassed in 1981 by the city’s 873-foot telecommunications tower. Both structures dominate the skyline. The TV tower, known locally as Colonius, is currently closed to visitors so if you’re after spectacular views of the city and river try the new Cologne Cable Car instead. This exciting gondola ride carries you high across the Rhine from the Rheinpark to the city zoo.
With more than 100 different galleries to browse, there’s more than enough art to inspire any visitor to Cologne. The Ludwig Museum has a fantastic collection of Picassos, while the Schnutgen Museum showcases medieval religious art. Look out too for the Roman-Germanic Museum, a striking modern building offering a well-presented view of life during the Roman occupation of Cologne.
If you have a hire car in Cologne you’ll be able to drive down to the neighbouring riverside city of Bonn, just 20 miles south. The capital city of the former West Germany, it’s full of mansions and important landmarks including the birthplace of Beethoven, which is now a museum. Bonn Minster may not be as big as Cologne’s huge cathedral but is still worth visiting- the grey stone basilica being one of the country’s oldest churches.
Some of the most popular excursions from Cologne involve the River Rhine. You’ll find a wide choice of cruises that include visits to vineyards, castles and churches along the river. Cruise to the family-friendly Konigswinter Sea Life Aquarium or to the Drachenfels, a hill known as ‘Dragon’s Rock’ that was formed from the remnants of a volcano. Here you can take the cog railway to a castle overlooking the river.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.