Car Rental Cologne

Starting from
27 $ per day*
* Rates include tax and are based on a 7 day rental from 07/02/2018 - 07/09/2018 at Cologne
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Hertz in Cologne

Discover a city where the old world meets the new in Cologne. Explore this 2,000-year-old cultural and trade hub, and you won’t forget its iconic skyline, where two cathedral spires pierce the sky.

We have pick-up points at several locations across the city, including at Cologne-Bonn Airport and in the city center. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, we have the perfect car for you in our collection – from compact city cars perfect for city breaks to larger family vehicles ideal for a vacation or road trip. Choose your vehicle in advance online and it will be waiting for you at your preferred pick-up location as soon as you arrive.

With no hidden extras to pay, and staff on hand to answer any questions you may have about driving in Germany, we aim to get you on the road as quickly as possible so that you can make the most of your time here.

Pickup Locations Cologne

  • Cologne Main Railway Station

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1730, Sa 0900-1100, Su closed

    Address: Breslauer Platz 2,
    Wyndham Koeln Hotel

    Phone: +49 (0) 221 13970941

  • Cologne-Bayenthal, Bonner Strasse 536

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-1800, Sa 0800-1200, Su closed.

    Address: Andre-Citroen-Strasse 24

    Phone: +49 (0) 2203 977350

  • Cologne, Robert-Perthel Strasse 14-16

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0700-1800, Sa 0700-1200, Su 0900-1100

    Address: Robert-Perthel Strasse 14-16

    Phone: +49 (0) 221 9498960

  • Cologne-Bonn Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0700-2300, Sa 0900-1730, Su 0900-2300.

    Address: Terminal 1 - Car Rental Centre

    Phone: +49 (0) 2203 61085

  • Cologne-Poll, Max-Glomsda-Strasse 4

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0730-1700, Sa 0800-1100, Su closed

    Address: Pauline Christmann Strasse 5

    Phone: +49 (0) 221 83008817

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Driving in and around Cologne

Cologne rests on the banks of the Rhine River in western Germany. It’s the perfect destination to get a taste of Germanic heritage, and from here you can head out to the fairy tale castles and medieval towns of the Rhine valley.

In the center of Cologne, as in many major German cities, an environmental Green Zone is in operation and cars entering this zone are required to display stickers. These stickers can be easily bought at gas stations. On street paid parking is available throughout the city, but spaces are limited. There are a number of convenient parking lots within easy walking distance from the main sights of the city.

An inner ring road (Bundestrasse 9) circles Cologne center while the outer ring road, made up of autobahns 1, 3 and 4, allows access to its suburbs and commercial districts. The autobahn (freeway) is toll-free for private cars all over Germany and has a top speed of 130km/h (80mph) although the country does have a few stretches with no top speed limit.

As in the U.S., you’ll be driving on the right-hand side of the road, passing on the left. Seatbelt use is compulsory, and it’s illegal to use a cell or mobile phone while driving. Throughout most of Europe, there are no free right turns on red lights at junctions.

The A59 will get you to Bonn, the birthplace of famed composer Beethoven, in just 30 minutes. The surrounding area, particularly the Middle Rhine, is the height of romance, with rows of hilltop castles nestled high above the deep gorge of the river.

If you follow the A3 southeast you can reach Frankfurt, a major financial city and home to the European Central Bank, while the A1 and A2 north-east lead to Hannover, famed for trade fairs like the CeBIT.

A quick guide to Cologne

Cologne (or Köln in German) is most famous for the silhouettes of the ornate spires of its magnificent cathedral. Stay in the city and discover a charming old town, museums for everyone and atmospheric Christmas Markets in the holiday season. Or, perhaps, travel further afield to see everything that colorful western Germany has to offer.

A taste of the old town

Experience the Cologne of centuries past with a walk through the streets of the Altstadt. Narrow alleys lined with rustic buildings make for an easy afternoon of meandering through the twists and turns. Stop for a coffee or lunch in Fischmarkt, a picturesque plaza with pastel-colored townhouses and cafés, so you can soak up the atmosphere of this warm and welcoming town.

No trip to Cologne is complete without a visit to Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom). Step inside this tranquil building and admire the arched nave. Ascend the bell tower to the viewing platform for breathtaking panoramic views of the city and admire the 26-ton St Peter’s Bell (St. Petersglocke) on the way. Back at ground level, the gilded reliquary on the cathedral’s altar is the Shrine of the Three Kings - said to hold the bones of the original Three Wise Men from the Bible.

Cologne in winter

During the Christmas season, wooden huts dappled with fairy lights pop up all over the city. Cologne is Germany’s number one destination for the iconic German Christmas Market. Warm your hands around a mug of glühwein and smell the scent of gingerbread on the crisp air as you hop between seven different markets, each with their own character - all filled with delicious treats, so you can stop off for a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter night.

Spend the day museum hopping

Never mind something for everyone, Cologne has a museum for everyone. The Romish-Germanisches Museum, next to the cathedral, is home to hundreds of fascinating Roman artefacts found along the Rhine valley, giving an insight into the day-to-day life of Romans in Germany. Art enthusiasts will love the city’s oldest museum, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Born out of a private collection from the mid-19th century, artworks spanning from the Middle Ages to the 20th century adorn the walls, including paintings by masters like Monet, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Munch.

Explore the origins of one of Cologne’s most famous exports at the Farina Fragrance Museum. Birthplace of the original eau de Cologne, the exhibits in this converted factory building cover 300 years of fragrance history.

Follow another sweet smell and head to the Cologne Chocolate Museum. Peer through windows at every step of the chocolate production process and learn the 2,000-year history of cocoa. Of course, there’s a tasting room…

Head out into the Rhine Valley

Head to the UNESCO protected stretch of the Rhine at Oberes Mittelrheintal where terraced vineyards and ruined castles line the sloped banks – it’s one of Germany’s most scenic drives.

Stop at Drachenburg Castle near Königswinter. Adorned with fairy tale turrets, this stunning castle with its jumble of architectural styles was built as a private villa in the 19th century. Its storybook façade is a jumble of Gothic and faux medieval styles, and the inside does not disappoint either. From grand rooms with frescoed ceilings there are glorious views out of the arched windows onto the river valley below.

Finish your drive at Koblenz, a town over 2,000 years-old. Flanked by low hills, this picturesque town is the perfect place to refresh at the end of the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine.

With car rental in Cologne you can explore the treasures of western Germany and the Gothic wonders of this friendly city.