Cologne, located in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia, is the fourth largest city in Germany, catering for more than a million residents. This brilliant metropolis is certainly a destination of contrasts, with a mesmerising old town nestled amongst a sprawling business hearth. Situated halfway between the cities of Cologne and Bonn is Cologne Airport; which stands as an integral part of Germany’s domestic and international air network.
Several large autobahns lead into and out of Cologne. The airport itself also sits on the A59, which quickly connects to Bonn in the south, and Cologne in the north. Various car rental agencies operate at the airport, but you can also find motorhome rental companies in the heart of the city.
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Recommended campervan drives in Cologne Airport
Agger River Scenic Drive:
head northeast from the airport to reach the Agger River, where you can take the faster ‘Higher 484’, or smaller side roads. Fly-fishing is a popular activity along this 64km-river, especially during the spring months. Jansen Camping Place and VG Hasenberg Grau Grounds are both convenient camp sites situated along the Agger River route.
Motorists can park their vans at both Campingplatz Lohmar, near the E35, and Camping Im Sulztal, to effortlessly reach Wahner Heide Nature Reserve. This forested area is awash in local wildlife, including bird and mammal species. It’s a great place to escape Cologne’s busy airport and downtown area.
explore the beauty of the River Rhine, which is the lifeblood of not only Cologne, but the entire North Rhine-Westphalia region. Uncover majestic architecture and natural landmarks along the banks of this mighty waterway through self-drive tours. Leave the motorhome at Camping Place Der Stadt Koln or Meadow House Campgrounds overnight. Both spots are only four kilometres from Cologne Airport.
About the airport
One of Germany’s few 24-hour airports, Cologne Airport is situated is Porz district, between the cities of Cologne and Bonn. The facility is Germany’s seventh-largest airport, serving almost 10 million annually. Germanwings and Lufthansa predominantly fly into and out of Terminal 1, while other airlines like Iran Air, Ryanair and Air Berlin mostly use the newer Terminal 2.
The airport connects Cologne to dozens of domestic destinations, many regional cities across Europe and into the United Kingdom’s capital city. FedEx and UPS are the major cargo airlines serving the airport, which makes it one of Europe’s most important cargo hubs too. The A59 connects Cologne Airport to the city center, so motorists are only 20 minutes drive upon arrival.