5-Day Germany road trip from Frankfurt to Cologne and Koblenz

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Duration
5 days & 4 nights
Available
Jan. - Dec.
Hotel
4 nights included
Car rental
5 days included
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Description

Escape the ordinary with this exciting 5-day road trip through Germany that promises to leave you speechless. With this exciting adventure, you will have the chance to explore the diverse landscapes and local cultures of Frankfurt, Cologne, Brühl, Koblenz, Speyer, and Heidelberg. Pack your bags, hit the road, and prepare for an unforgettable journey where every moment becomes a lasting story.

This perfectly planned road trip itinerary in Germany takes you through some of the best places to see in the country. You will spend 2 nights in Frankfurt, 1 night in Cologne, and 1 night in Koblenz. Anticipate well-spent days sightseeing, eating delicious food, and experiencing the highlights of each destination!

With this travel package, you can choose from an extensive selection of accommodations along your road trip route in Germany. We have handpicked the best hotels and places to stay across the country, including options for each budget. Whether you are in the mood for luxurious 5-star hotels or budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, we have got you covered.

Upon arriving in Frankfurt, the rental vehicle of your choice will be ready for collection. From there, the road trip can begin! Experience the ultimate freedom and uncover Germany on your own terms.

An expertly curated travel plan makes sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things to see and do on your road trip in Germany. Phantasialand and Cologne Cathedral are just a couple of the bucket-list attractions that await your discovery.

As you hit the open road and drive through Frankfurt, Cologne, Brühl, Koblenz, Speyer, and Heidelberg, you will also enjoy plenty of opportunities to uncover hidden gems and experience the authentic charm of Germany. Whether you are exploring enchanting towns and villages, discovering scenic routes, or indulging in local cuisine, there is always something new and exciting to experience in Germany.

Throughout your road trip in Germany, take breaks from sightseeing to explore your favorite destinations' top shopping streets and markets. Discover unique souvenirs that will forever remind you of your self-drive adventure in Germany.

This package offers an all-in-one solution for your trip planning - choose flights, a rental car, accommodation, attractions, and tours that suit your needs and desires. You can customize each day of your road trip itinerary with flexible trip planning before and after booking.

The best services in Germany fill up quickly, so book your spot early. Select a date and start planning your road trip in Germany today!

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Included

Hotel, 4 nights
Rental car, 5 days
CDW Insurance
Step-by-step guide
Personal travel agent
24/7 travel support

Destinations

Koblenz - city in GermanyKoblenz / 1 night
Heidelberg - city in GermanyHeidelberg
Photo of beautiful aerial view of Frankfurt at sunset Germany financial district skyline.Frankfurt / 2 nights
Cologne Aerial view with trains move on a bridge over the Rhine River on which cargo barges and passenger ships ply. Majestic Cologne Cathedral in the background.Cologne / 1 night
Photo of historical city of Speyer, Germany.Speyer

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Attractions

Photo of the German theme park Phantasialand.Phantasialand
Photo of Cologne Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Gothic cathedral in Cologne, Germany.Cologne Cathedral
Heidelberg Palace, Altstadt, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, GermanyHeidelberg Palace
Deutsches EckDeutsches Eck
Cologne Chocolate Museum, Altstadt-Süd, Innenstadt, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyCologne Chocolate Museum
Cologne Zoological Garden, Riehl, Nippes, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyCologne Zoological Garden
Zoo FrankfurtZoo Frankfurt
Iron Footbridge
Technic Museum Speyer, Speyer, Rhineland-Palatinate, GermanyTechnic Museum Speyer
Römerberg, Altstadt, Innenstadt 1, Frankfurt, Hesse, GermanyRömerberg
PalmengartenPalm Gardens
Ehrenbreitstein FortressEhrenbreitstein Fortress
photo of view of Alte Oper, Frankfurt Oder, Germany.Alte Oper
Nizza, R-62400, R-51477, R-62650Nizza
RömerRömer

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small car
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Medium car

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Day 1

Day 1 – Frankfurt - arrival day

  • Frankfurt - Arrival day
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  • Alte Oper
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Welcome to Frankfurt, the perfect starting point for your road trip in Germany! Pick up your rental car and let the adventure begin. You will spend 1 night immersing yourself in Frankfurt's charm before embarking on the next leg of your journey.

Frankfurt is a beautiful region with plenty to discover. Soak in the lovely atmosphere and sit down for a bit to eat or drink.

As afternoon approaches, head to your chosen hotel in Frankfurt. Check-in typically starts around 2 to 4 PM at hotels in Germany. We recommend staying at a hotel in a central location for easy access to the best attractions, restaurants, and bars in the region.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Frankfurt. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Reserve a table at Gustav, a 2 Michelin star restaurant and a Bib Gourmand dining establishment in Frankfurt. This epicurean hotspot’s delicious creative offering makes it a crowd favorite. Gustav is highly regarded in the culinary world and boasts an impressive track record of satisfied customers.

Another popular dining spot in Frankfurt is Lafleur, which critics have graced with 2 Michelin stars. This Bib Gourmand establishment’s pleasant ambiance and food choices leave a lasting impression on everyone who dines here. Its modern french and creative menu, characterized by its exquisite flavors, is a true testament to the Lafleur’s culinary excellence.

Locals and foreign travelers alike recommend the popular Bib Gourmand restaurant, Erno's Bistro. Captivated customers consistently praise this restaurant in Frankfurt for its appetizing selection of food, including its classic french and modern courses. As a leading food haven, it boasts 1 Michelin stars for giving an unforgettable dining experience to its patrons.

After dinner, visit o'reilly's Irish pubs for a drink or two. This bar serves plenty of food and drink options and is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 4,367 customers.

You can also enjoy your night at Oosten. With an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from 4,068 customers, it's safe to say that Oosten promises an unforgettable bar experience.

Alternatively, locals recommend Bar Helium Frankfurt am Main. This bar, rated an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,956 customers, is a great place to meet new friends.

Raise a toast to the start of your 5-day road trip in Germany!

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Day 2

Day 2 – Cologne

  • Frankfurt
  • Cologne
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Drive 194 km, 2 hours 29 min

  • Römer
  • Römerberg
  • Iron Footbridge
  • Zoo Frankfurt
  • Palm Gardens
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Embark on another extraordinary experience on day 2 of your road trip in Germany, where you’ll be making 2 stops. Today you will experience some of the highlights of this tour package, that is, the wonderful destinations of Frankfurt and Cologne. At the end of the day, you will enjoy the comforts of a top-rated hotel in Cologne. Cologne will be your home away from home for 1 night.

Begin your sightseeing with a visit to Römer. This rathaus is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars in 3,041 reviews.

Next up, make your way to Römerberg. This square has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 24,391 reviews.

When you’re ready for your next sight of the day, continue to Iron Footbridge. This point of interest has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 23,044 visitors.

Beyond the above-mentioned attractions, you also have the opportunity to visit Zoo Frankfurt. This zoo is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars by 22,563 visitors.

If you’re keen to explore even more, then consider a visit to Palmengarten. This botanical garden is a much-appreciated attraction with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 19,050 visitors.

Set your GPS to Cologne and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 2 hours 4 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Cologne beckons with new experiences!

When you arrive, enjoy some sightseeing.

When you’re done exploring for the day, you’ll drive to Cologne, where you'll have a hotel waiting for you. Check in and spend some time relaxing before you head out to explore the city.

As dinnertime approaches, it's time to head out for a bite to eat in Cologne. If you are looking to dine at a popular restaurant in the city, it's often a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

Indulge in an exquisite dining experience at Le Moissonnier Bistro. Renowned for its prestigious 1 Michelin-star rating and an array of mouthwatering dishes, Le Moissonnier Bistro consistently impresses foreign and local diners, garnering praise for its exceptional french and seafood cuisine.

After your meal, we recommend you get a drink at a bar. Toddy Tapper is a great place to continue your night. This bar has an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars by 590 customers.

If you want to know where locals go, check out Gaffel am Dom I Kölsches Brauhaus und Wirtshaus I Brauhaus Köln. This bar has been rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 6,484 customers.

Another popular bar in the city is Gilden im Zims. This bar is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 5,823 customers.

Savor another day of unforgettable experiences in Germany!

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Day 3

Day 3 – Cologne, Brühl, and Koblenz

  • Cologne
  • Koblenz
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Drive 135 km, 2 hours 13 min

  • Cologne Chocolate Museum
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Cologne Zoological Garden
  • Phantasialand
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Dive into day 3 of your remarkable road trip in Germany. Today you will jump into the car and make your way to Cologne, Brühl, and Koblenz, where you will have the opportunity to experience all the top things to see and do. At the end of the day, you’ll unwind at one of the finest accommodations in Koblenz. You’ll stay here for 1 night.

Make Cologne Chocolate Museum your first stop of the day. Previous visitors have rated this museum an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars in 36,704 reviews.

Next up, make a stop at Cologne Cathedral. With an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 69,905 visitors, it's easy to understand why so many people visit this catholic cathedral every year. In fact, this attraction welcomes 5,000,000 annual visitors.

Cologne Zoological Garden is another attraction you can visit on this day of your vacation. This zoo has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 30,118 visitors.

Fasten your seatbelt and make your way to your next stop. Brühl, home to many well-known sights in the region, is a lovely destination on today’s itinerary. Keep in mind that your travel time from Cologne to Brühl may take around 29 min without traffic disruptions. Upon arrival, we highly recommend checking out some of the top attractions.

When you’re ready for some sightseeing, make your way to Phantasialand. This much-appreciated amusement park is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in 89,377 reviews. Each year, 1,750,000 people visit this site to admire its unique features.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Koblenz. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 2 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

After soaking up all the sights of today's itinerary, you'll be ready to hit the road in the direction of Koblenz. Koblenz offers plenty of top-rated hotels and other places to stay on any travel budget. Check in at the hotel of your choice and take some time to relax before you head out to explore.

After a long day of exploring, sit down for a delicious dinner at a top-rated restaurant in Koblenz.

Reserve a table at Verbene, a 1 Michelin star restaurant and a Bib Gourmand dining establishment in Koblenz. This epicurean hotspot’s delicious modern offering makes it a crowd favorite. Verbene is highly regarded in the culinary world and boasts an impressive track record of satisfied customers.

Another dining place you should visit in Koblenz is Altes Brauhaus, which boasts a variety of tasteful dishes that cater to different palates. It has earned a commendable 4.5 out of 5 stars, demonstrating the positive feedback from 3,349 satisfied customers.

Locals and visitors alike recommend Koblenz’s Restaurant Syrtaki for the delightful dining experience it gives. The establishment has garnered positive reviews for its tasty dishes, holding an admirable score of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 2,713 satisfied diners.

Einstein Koblenz is one of the best bars in Koblenz and the perfect place to go for an after-dinner drink. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 3,406 customers.

You may also want to check out ALEX Koblenz. Equally popular, this bar offers a great drink list and a nice atmosphere for your evening endeavors. ALEX Koblenz is rated an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 2,070 customers.

Alternatively, head out to TAQUITOS Cantina Y Bar. TAQUITOS Cantina Y Bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,667 customers and is a top choice among travelers as well as locals.

Raise your glass and celebrate another amazing day of your road trip in Germany!

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Day 4

Day 4 – Koblenz, Speyer, Heidelberg, and Frankfurt

  • Koblenz
  • Heidelberg
  • Speyer
  • Frankfurt
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Drive 302 km, 4 hours 12 min

  • Deutsches Eck
  • Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Technic Museum Speyer
  • Heidelberg Palace
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Experience an unparalleled adventure on day 4 of your road trip in Germany. This exciting part of your journey invites you to discover the renowned landmarks in 4 vibrant destinations - Koblenz, Speyer, Heidelberg, and Frankfurt. After a day filled with exploration and new experiences, you will retreat to the hotel of your choice in Frankfurt. You will spend 1 night here for some well-deserved relaxation.

Journey into the unknown at Deutsches Eck, a unique attraction awaiting your visit. This remarkable headland has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from 33,856 reviews.

When you’re ready to continue your sightseeing, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is a recommended place to visit. This fortress is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars in 18,199 reviews.

Once you're ready to continue your road trip, it's time to buckle up and drive, eagerly anticipating your arrival in Speyer. This drive usually takes around 1 hour 52 min, without any stops or traffic disruptions.

Set your GPS to Heidelberg and hit the road. Expect a journey of approximately 39 min without stops. Soak in the beautiful landscapes as you drive and look forward to exploring your next destination. Heidelberg beckons with new experiences!

At the end of the day, you will drive to Frankfurt, where you'll have a room waiting for you at the perfect place to stay. Check in and enjoy some downtime.

After a day of adventure, treat yourself to an exquisite dinner at one of Frankfurt's best restaurants.

Plan ahead and secure a table at Restaurant Klosterhof, an acclaimed dining establishment in Frankfurt. This restaurant and its exquisite cuisine have earned the admiration of diners far and wide. Its commitment to culinary excellence shines through its 4.4 out of 5-star rating from 2,908 satisfied guests.

Do not overlook the culinary excellence of Gaststätte Atschel while experiencing the best of Frankfurt. This renowned restaurant presents a refined menu, distinguished with an exceptional rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, celebrated by 2,694 discerning diners.

Indulge in the rich flavors of Ebbelwoi Unser, an elegant culinary destination in Frankfurt. A menu crafted to perfection guarantees a dining experience that will satisfy even the most discerning palate. Its stellar reputation is reflected in its 4.5 out of 5-star rating from 2,355 previous guests.

One of the best bars in Frankfurt you could visit tonight after your dinner is Maincafé. This bar has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars by 1,409 customers.

Another popular bar in the region is SenSaSion Bar & Restaurant Frankfurt. This bar is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 400 customers.

Locals also enjoy Gleis 25. This bar has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars by 503 customers.

Head back to your accommodation in Frankfurt and get some rest in preparation for another magical day of your road trip in Germany!

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Day 5

Day 5 – Frankfurt - departure day

  • Frankfurt - Departure day
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  • Nizza
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Day 5 of your road trip in Germany is your departure day. This is your chance to catch a last glimpse of Frankfurt before saying goodbye to this wonderful destination. If you've still got time left, we recommend doing some last-minute shopping or sightseeing.

Make the most of your final day in Germany by visiting Frankfurt’s iconic markets and shopping establishments. Your stay’s proximity to the region’s retail haven invites an unhurried and unforgettable exploration of its variety of stores and establishments.

Secure the perfect souvenirs for your family and friends back home or buy yourself a remembrance of your amazing experience in Germany.

Before you conclude your road trip in Germany, drop by another restaurant for a last chance at a memorable dining experience in Frankfurt.

You’ll then say farewell to Frankfurt. Drive to the airport, return your car, and take the opportunity to get some last-minute souvenirs before you board your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope you leave with many wonderful memories of your road trip in Germany!

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