In Cologne, Europcar has 27 locations spread throughout city, to ensure that no matter where in the city you wish to begin your visit, there will always be an expert and experienced car hire solution nearby to help. Each outlet has access to Europcar's huge fleet of safe, comfortable, reliable vehicles, with a choice of models to fit a wide range of different parties or budgets. Choose from options like child seats, satellite navigation and extra driver cover, plus services like 3-step online booking and express pick-up. Whether you're staying in Cologne or venturing further into Germany, Europcar's first class car hire services are all you need to get off to the best possible start.
Not so far from the French/German border is the beautiful city of Cologne, called Koln locally, an impressive destination known for its great cathedral and world class museums, that happens to have an amazing share of medieval buildings and some Roman remains. Boasting one of Europe's oldest Universities, and more pubs per capita than anywhere else in Germany, Cologne is a city of contrasts. Skyscrapers like Cologne Tower, Colonia-Hochhaus and the Rhinetower stretch nearly 500 feet into the air, and yet jostle with churches founded in Roman times, the medieval city gates and Cologne City Hall, built in the 12th century and now the oldest city hall in Germany still in use. The countless pubs, bars restaurants, plus over seventy clubs, ensures that night time is the least dull part of a typical Cologne day.
Cologne Cathedral - Founded in 1248 and constructed until 1473, whereby it went unfinished until it was completed in the 19th century, the High Cathedral of Saints Peter and Mary is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and was built to house the reliquary of the Three Kings, which tradition says holds the remains of the Three Wise Men. The cathedral also contains a 15 foot long, solid black marble High Alter; the oldest large crucifix north of the Alps, known as the Gero-Kreuz and thought to have been commissioned around 960 AD; and the Mailander Madonna, a wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus, from about 1290 AD, are all contained within its stunning architecture.
Medieval buildings - Aside from the cathedral and the 900 year old city hall, Cologne is also home to many other ancient structures, such as the Gurzenich, Haus Saaleck and the Overstolzenhaus, three of the original twelve city gates from the medieval defences, and twelve outstanding examples of Romanesque churches. Some date back to the 4th and 5th century AD, and all but one were badly damaged during the war. These underwent a massive reconstruction program, and the last was restored to its former glory in the late 1990s. They are now considered landmarks, and can all be found in the Altstadt, or Old Town.