Cologne to Dusseldorf road trip

Difficulty

357 Kms km

Distance

7

Recom. Days

General

Trip type

Europe trip
Anna Bujas

Anna has traveled to over 35 countries and is always looking for the next adventure for her and her dog.

Cologne to Dusseldorf Road trip

Cologene to Dusseldorf Road Trip Map

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A Western European country, Germany is home to a landscape of forests, rivers, and mountain ranges. It has over 2 millennia of history, making it one of the most diverse and fascinating countries in the world. Whether you’re keen on urban culture or medieval architecture, there’s something for everyone in Germany.

Campervanning around Germany is a great way to explore its landscape and its culture. But with so many cities and towns to choose from, how will you know which route to take through this beautiful country?

That’s where we come in.

Image of Dusseldorf

Here is a scenic trip between Cologne and Dusseldorf. On the way you’ll see natural and man-made wonders and experience the culture of this amazing country first hand.

Let’s go!

Pick-up in
Cologne pick-up centre
1

First up, culture-loving Cologne

Arriving in Cologne, history buffs and culture-vultures won’t believe their luck. The city offers a mega medley of attractions, especially on the museum front. But visitors mainly come here for the cathedral. Because this one’s a big deal.

Seriously ornate architecture, two iconic spires, and 533 steps to the top. And then there’s the rest of the city. Light-hearted and high-spirited, Cologne knows how to live well — as you’ll see if you time your visit with the city’s uproariously fun carnival.

What else does the first stop on your West Germany road trip itinerary have to offer? Well there’s Museum Ludwig with its enormous art collection. Then perhaps treat yourself to a show at the Kölner Philharmonie. Or the Rheinpark hosts outdoor concerts if you prefer your music standing up and sweaty.

Be sure to try Kölsch, a hoppy beer drunk in tall glasses known as Stangen. Pair with Kölsche Kaviar, a type of sausage, or Hämmche, pig’s trotter. Apologies in advance to the vegetarians.

Visiting

Cologne

1-2

Recom. Days

Main route

15 km

from Cologne depot

20min

drive

You can find Indie Campers RV rentals in more than 40 different cities and destinations across Europe.

Visit

Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum

The history behind everyone’s favourite sweet treat.

Farina Fragrance Museum

Learn about the city’s iconic perfume.

Schloss Drachenburg

Stunning castle 30 minutes from Cologne.

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Haxenhaus

€€€

Beer hall that serves a metre-long bratwurst.

Café Feynsinn

€€

Star player in Cologne’s slow food movement.

Peters Brauhaus

€€

Brewery and fast food in gorgeous setting.

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Parking

Contipark Parkgaragengesellschaft

€€€

Partially covered parking.

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Campingplatz Stadt Köln

€€€€

Cycling distance from the city centre.

2

Koblenz

Koblenz is a 2000-year-old city in the UNESCO-listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley. It sits at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine and is best known for the monument at Deutsches Eck or "German Corner".

The whole city is a testament to unified Germany, showing off some of the country’s most renowned attractions from riverfront promenades to castles to regional Rhine-Moselle wine.

Castle in Koblenz

Though it may seem small, Koblenz has a lot to offer visitors. An 11th-century fortress offers spectacular views of the city and the area is dotted with picturesque squares and awesome churches.

The city is also a great base for exploring the Rhine River castles and the Moselle with its picturesque vineyards and villages. Whether you’re into good food or great sights, there’s something for everyone at Koblenz.

Visiting

Koblenz

2

Recom. Days

Main route

117KMs

from Cologne

1 hr 19 min

drive

You can find Indie Campers RV rentals in more than 40 different cities and destinations across Europe.

Visit

Deutsches Eck

The confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers, Deutsches Eck is home to a massive monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I.

Koblenz Cable Car

Just under 900 meters long, the Koblenz cable car lifts you across the Rhine and up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Ehrenbreitstein Fortres

The second largest of its kind in Europe, the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress was built by the Prussians in 1828.

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Parking

Underground Parking Görresplatz

€€

A multi-story car park, centrally located.

Parkhaus Altstadt / Weißer Höfe

€€

Very well located within easy walking distance of the Deutsches Eck and the old town.

Park "Am Saarplatz"

€€

Well priced and located multi-story car park.

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SauBar

€€

Featuring regional German classics in a laid-back atmosphere with a terrace.

Pegelhaus

€€

Great food with friendly staff and awesome views of the city.

Los Gauchos

€€

A well-located grill restaurant with some of the best steaks in the area.

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Stay at

Reisemobil-Stellplatz Koblenz

Well located just outside the city, this is a modest facility but well-priced. Prices start at € 11.00 for one night.

Knaus Campingpark

Located directly across from the Deutsches Eck, this location can’t be beaten. Price depends on your date of travel.

Campingplatz Gülser Moselboge

A riverfront campground with a relaxed atmosphere. Prices start from € 8.00 per night.

3

Siegen

Siegen is located in the south Westphalian part of North Rhine-Westphalia in the district of Siegen-Wittgenstein in the Arnsberg region. It’s the birthplace of the world-renowned Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens. As a result, the city is often nicknamed the “Rubens City”.

Though not as popular as other German cities, Siegen is nonetheless a beautiful upcoming tourist destination that’s worth a visit. It has a range of unique things to do and places you can explore including museums, galleries, and even an abandoned mine.

Siegen

A university city, its inhabitants are a mix of young and old. They all have one thing in common though: they’re incredibly friendly.

If you’re looking for a smaller German city to explore off the beaten track you can’t go past Siegen.

Visiting

Siegen

1

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Main route

107 KMs

from Klobenz

1 hr 27 min

drive

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Visit

Oberes Schloss

On Sieberg hill is a palace dating back to 1259. The Oberes Schloss began as a fortification but is now the host of Siegerlandmuseum, a museum of art and history. Entrance to the museum is free.

Museum für Gegenwartskunst

A museum for contemporary art, Museum für Gegenwartskunst houses the Lambrecht-Schadeberg Collection, which assembles all the winners of the Siegen’s Rubens Prize. Entrance is free.

Reinhold Forster Erbstollen

This half-a-kilometer mining tunnel is open for tours in the summer.

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Parking

Parkhaus Reichswalds Ecke APCOA

€€

Plenty of car parking in a great location.

Parkhaus Altstadt APCOA

€€

A well-positioned multi-story car park with reasonable hourly pricing.

Parkhaus City-Galerie Siegen

€€

Convenient parking just off the road into the main town center.

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Steakhaus El Rancho

€€€

Lovely atmosphere and a great menu. If you’re after a well-cooked steak you can’t go past this place.

Altes Zeughaus

€€

A great little restaurant next to the castle in the city center.

Duffel Restaurant - Siegen

€€

Great German food served in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Camping im Eichenwald

A peaceful campground located a little out of the town center. Pricing depends on your date of travel.

Camping- und Erholungsanlage Biggesee

Rurally located campground out of the town center with plenty of amenities and a restaurant on site. Pricing starts at € 16.00 per night.

4

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf, in western Germany, is known for its art scene and fashion industry. Divided by the Rhine River, its Altstadt (Old Town) is on the east bank while the west is taken up by modern commercial areas.

A highly-regarded university town, it’s a city of wide streets lined with elegant shops with a ring of gardens and parks surrounding its happening downtown area.

Visitors to the city can experience its stunning old-world architecture, incredible museums, lush inner-city greenery, and Europe’s most luxurious shopping street. The city is also a great base for exploring the surroundings including the Rhine and all its picturesque castles and villages.

Park in dusseldorf

Whether you’re looking for great shopping or want to explore some culturally significant museums, you’ll find something for you in this vibrant German city.

Visiting

Dusseldorf

2

Recom. Days

Main route

133 KMs

from Koblenz

1 hr 34 min

drive

You can find Indie Campers RV rentals in more than 40 different cities and destinations across Europe.

Visit

Rheinuferpromenade

Free

This walkway along the river is positioned so that it gets sunshine all day long, It bends from the Parliament down to the harbor.

Altstadt

Free

Often referred to as “the longest bar in the world”, Old Town is host to 300 brewpubs, nightclubs, and bars.

Königsallee

Free

If shopping is your weakness then Königsallee will be your kryptonite. It features some of the best boutiques in the world, all lined up along a beautiful strip along a canal.

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Parking

Parkhaus Nikko APCOA

€€

Well-located, secure, and clean this car park is a great place to base yourself.

Parking Garage Kö-Bogen APCOA

$$

Accessible, clean, and well-lit, this garage is great value for its location.

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Parkhaus Düsseldorf

This multi-story car park is great value while still being centrally located.

Wilma Wunder Düsseldorf

€€

A great place for authentic German cuisine for a reasonable price.

Schweine Janes Altstadt

This casual eatery serves traditional meals like pork knuckles and steak for a great price.

Oktopussy Bar & Restaurant

€€€

This place serves creative contemporary cuisine and has a robust wine list.

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Campground Lörick

Well-located campground offering RV pitches on the Rhine river. Pricing starts from 10.00 per night.

Campingplatz Süd

Friendly owners and great staff with all the amenities you might need. Price depends on your date of travel.

Caravan Center, Ver- und Entsorgung

Nice clean facilities and a great location close to the city center. Pricing depends on your date of travel.

Drop-off in
Dusseldorf pick-up centre

31 Kms

from Dusseldorf

35 min

Drive