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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.
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 firsthand.
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.
from Cologne pick-up center
The history behind everyone’s favourite sweet treat.
Farina Fragrance Museum
Learn about the city’s iconic perfume.
Stunning castle 30 minutes from Cologne.
Beer hall that serves a metre-long bratwurst.
Star player in Cologne’s slow food movement.
Brewery and fast food in gorgeous setting.
Partially covered parking.
Campingplatz Stadt Köln
Cycling distance from the city centre.
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.
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.
1h 19 min
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.
The second largest of its kind in Europe, the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress was built by the Prussians in 1828.
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.
Featuring regional German classics in a laid-back atmosphere with a terrace.
Great food with friendly staff and awesome views of the city.
A well-located grill restaurant with some of the best steaks in the area.
Well located just outside the city, this is a modest facility but well-priced. Prices start at €11.00 (~$12.48) for one night.
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 (~$9.08) per night.
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.
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.
1 hr 27 min
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.
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.
Steakhaus El Rancho
Lovely atmosphere and a great menu. If you’re after a well-cooked steak you can’t go past this place.
A great little restaurant next to the castle in the city center.
Duffel Restaurant - Siegen
Great German food served in a relaxed atmosphere.
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 (~$18.16) per night.
Düsseldorf, 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.
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.
1 hr 34 min
This walkway along the river is positioned so that it gets sunshine all day long, It bends from the Parliament down to the harbor.
Often referred to as “the longest bar in the world”, Old Town is host to 300 brewpubs, nightclubs, and bars.
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.
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.
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.
Well-located campground offering RV pitches on the Rhine river. Pricing starts from €10.00. (~$11.35) per night.
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.