Cologne Bonn International Airport Car Rental
Cologne Bonn International Airport, named after Konrad Adenauer, is close to Grengel and is the ideal landing point for those who want to visit Cologne, just 12 km from it, heading north-west.
This airport is very well connected to the surrounding cities, such as Bonn, which is 15 km from it, and to the highway A59, which is very close both to the parking areas and to the airport terminal.
It just takes 20 minutes to reach the city centre using a rental car picked up at Cologne Airport, after having booked it on RentalUp.
This airport is well connected both to other ones in Germany with internal flights both to other countries. All the main airlines have flights which land in Cologne, as well as many low-cost companies which contributed to its development.
About 10 million people pass through its 2 terminals, which have an underground connection, every year, so that it is the sixth busiest airport for passenger traffic in Germany. Moreover, about 600 thousand tons of goods pass through this airport every year.
Cologne: points of interest
Among the points of interest in Cologne we must mention the Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria, the highest Gothic church in Europe and religious heart in the German city. The inhabitants of Cologne call it just “Dom”.
Started in 1248, the construction was completed only some centuries later, in 1880, because of a stop lasted 300 years for lack of money. In 1996 it was declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
What immediately strikes you of this cathedral is its grandeur, both outside and inside: looking up, you immediately have the sensation of being tiny. Its stained-glass windows are beautiful and, inside, you can admire the sarcophagus with diamonds containing the relics of the Three Kings that the emperor Frederick Barbarossa brought back as spoils from the Milanese basilica of Sant’Eustorgio.
Next to the Cathedral there is the southern tower that you can climb to admire the panorama of the city and become aware of the beauty of this building whose bell towers stand out in their 157 meters of height.
In proximity to the Cathedral there is Hohenzollern Bridge, that was built in 1911 and rebuilt in 1948 after having been destroyed by bombings in 1945. The railway bridge, with two pedestrian lanes, connects the two parts of the city crossing the river Rhine and allows you to enjoy beautiful panoramas.
Besides being very important for the rail traffic, it has also become, since 2008, a special place for lovers who leave here their witness with locks of different shapes and sizes, fixed to the fences.
Taking advantage of the car rental service at Cologne airport, you can easily cross the Hohenzollern Bridge to reach the area of the Köln Triangle, a skyscraper built in 2005 that reach 100 meters of height and is characterised, as you can guess from the name, by a triangular shape. You can climb also the Köln Triangle to admire the city from another perspective which includes both the bridge and the cathedral.
Thanks to the car rental service at Cologne Airport, you can also enjoy a walk along the Rhine and visit Rheinpark, which is on the opposite side of the Cathedral and is the widest green area in the city.
Cologne: art and culture
Cologne is one of the German cities that present a wide artistic and cultural offer thanks to the presence of many museums, such ad the Chocolate Museum or “Schokoladenmuseum”, ideal for a visit with children: inside, you can discover curiosities about the origins of chocolate and a series of very explicative digital installations.
You cannot miss a visit to the Ludwig Museum, which is close to the Cathedral and hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions. Here, you can admire one of the richest collection by Picasso in Europe and works by important artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.
The building was realized in 1976 on a project by two architects – Godfrid Haberer and Peter Busmann – and has an irregular shape with metallic glass. Another museum you must visit is the Roman Museum of Cologne, within which there are many precious findings from the prehistoric to the Merovingian periods, among which the Dionysus mosaic consisting of colourful pieces in natural stone, clay and glass for a total area of more than 70 sqm. Moreover, there is also a huge collection of precious ancient glasses, bottles, cups and pots of different sizes.
Taking advantage of the car rental at Cologne Airport you can reach a small square next to Groß St. Martin to admire the statues of Tünnes and Schäl, two characters of the city folklore connected to the puppet theatre.
The two characters, Tünnes, the typical short and stocky peasant, and Schäl, the classical bourgeois, always dressed nice and tall and thin, represent the original inhabitants of the city.