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Impressionen von Köln

Guided City Tours in Cologne for travel groups 2012.



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Coming to Cologne by Car

Ten European motorways meet at the Cologne Autobahn ring run- ning around the city. How to reach the centre of Cologne when coming from the “Autobahn” is being explained in the column on the right side of this page. Unfortunately, traffic jam occures sometimes on Cologne’s roads and motorways. Lots of cars and

The Zoo bridge direction Cologne city. Photo: Wagner trucks cross the city espacially within the rush hours on weekdays from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., on Fridays even earlier in the afternoon from 2 p.m. Drivers should also expect waiting time in case of big events and trade fairs in Cologne’s Centre and on the "Deutzer Brücke", that is the
one of the green coloured brigdes over the rhine just beside the Old City along the river. By the end of November up to Christmas, five nice Christmas markets throughout the centre of Cologne are open and lead to even more traffic on the city streets. Beside the Metropolitan motorways near Cologne there are huge displays on where information on Cologne’s traffic is currently being shown. Sometimes parking your car on a "park and ride"-area and then using the Metropolitan trains are being recommanded on these displays. Find more information about that down on this page.

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Info about traffic jam on the motorways near Cologne and the suburbs are available in English on Radio BFBS FM 96,5 MHz or in German online at www.koelnverkehr.de.

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How far to Cologne?
 

YOU'RE COMING FROM
Amsterdam
Basel
Berlin
Bremen
Brussels
Dresden
Frankfurt Main
Freiburg
Hamburg
Hannover
Heidelberg
Flensburg
Leipzig
Luxemburg
Maastricht
Magdeburg
Mainz
Munich
Nuremberg
Paris
Salzburg
Stuttgart
Trier
Ulm
Vienna
Zürich

 

DISTANCE ABOUT
290 km
510 km
580 km
330 km
210 km
590 km
190 km
450 km
440 km
300 km
260 km
610 km
490 km
220 km
160 km
440 km
180 km
600 km
430 km
500 km
740 km
390 km
170 km
470 km
1000 km
590 km

 

DRIVING TIME ABOUT
2,5 to 3 hrs.
5 to 5,5 hrs.
5,5 to 6
hrs.
3,5 to 4 hrs.
2 to 2,5 hrs.
5,5 to 6 hrs.
2 to 2,5 hrs.
4,5 to 5 hrs.
4,5 bis 5 hrs.
3 bis 3,5 hrs.
2,5 bis 3
hrs.
6 bis 6,5
hrs.
5 bis 5,5 hrs.
2,5 bis 3 hrs.
1,5 bis 2 hrs
4,5 bis 5 hrs.
1,5 bis 2 hrs.
6 bis 6,5 hrs.
4,5 bis 5 hrs.
5 bis 5,5 hrs.
7,5 bis 8 hrs.
4 bis 4,5 hrs.
1,5 bis 2 hrs.
4,5 bis 5 hrs.
10 bis 11 hrs.
6 bis 6,5 hrs.

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Reaching Cologne City without stress

Because of the often heavy traffic in Cologne it's always a good idea to use the "Park and Ride" spaces, those parking areas for any car driver who changes into the local trains or busses in order to reach the city. It's espacially advisable if one is not very familiar with the
One of Cologne's new subway cars. Photo: Wagner

street network of Cologne. And it's quite cheap, too, because parking there is free if you buy a train ticket. That ticket must be shown at some "P&R"-Areas when leaving the place with your car after returning from the city and leaving the city. The tickets for the trains are available at machines that you can often find beside the tracks on the 

platform and always in every tram, subway and bus. Be prepared to pay with change at the ticket machines for they don't accept bills. At the P&R Parking lot "Zoo/Flora" and "Stadion" (Stadium) attendants check parking tickets (your train tickets) from 6am until 10pm.

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Further Information about the "park and ride" areas are given on-line at www.koelnverkehr.de.

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Park-and-Ride Spaces in the City Vicinity
 

P+R MARIENBURG
Located: Heinrich-Lüb- ke-Ufer/corner of Mili- tärringstrasse. Capaci- ty: 141 cars. Access: at the end of motorway A 555 direction "Zen- trum". Connections: Line 16 to the Dom within 15 minutes time. more

 
P+R ZOO/FLORA
Located: Riehler Str. near the Zoobrücke. Capacity: 400 cars
Access: at the tram station "Zoo/Flora" near Zoobrücke and river rhine. Connecti- ons: Line 16 to the Dom within 10 minutes time. more
 
P+R STADION
Located: Aachener Str at the Müngersdorfer Stadion. Capacity: 600 cars. Access: on the A1 take exit Junkers- dorf follow to direction "Zentrum". Connecti- ons: Line 1 to Neu- markt in about 15 minutes time. more

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Hotel rooms in Cologne 

HOTELS IN COLOGNE I. Using  internet booking machines it's very easy searching for a hotel room in Cologne. One of these special search engines is HRS - Hotel Reservation Service with its many offers. Click the logo for starting.

  


HOTELS IN COLOGNE II: Looking for a hotel room in Germany there are some other good booking machines on the net such as HOTEL.de. They also often have some cheap offers given by good hotels in Cologne. Using the service is free, too.

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From the "Autobahn" to Cathedral

Here's how to reach Cologne coming from the suburban motor- way system. Finish is Cologne Cathedral.

ROUTE 1
A 1 from North/ Dortmund

ROUTE 2
A 1 from south/ Koblenz and Trier

Route 3
A 3 from north/ Oberhausen

Route 4
A 3 from south/
Frankfurt (Main)

Route 5
A 4 from west/
Aachen

Route 6
A 4 from east/
Olpe

Route 7
A 57 from north/
Neuss and Krefeld

Service for your car