Cologne Cathedral Parking

Oct 19th, 2010, 02:44 AM
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Cologne Cathedral Parking

Will be driving in from Amsterdam on a fall Saturday morning and wondering if anyone can suggest an easy place to park close to the Cologne Cathedral.

Thanks in advance...bdj
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Oct 19th, 2010, 03:14 AM
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You will need an environment sticker (umwelt-plakette) to be allowed to drive in Cologne city centre.
You may be able to park by the Messe and take the train/bus in from there, but it will be expensive. No sticker risks a €40 fine. And if you are in a hire car it probably won't have one. Make sure you have winter tyres on too.

You can read about the zones and stickers here:
http://tinyurl.com/2ukgmbk and here; http://tinyurl.com/3xll3fq.

Taking the train is a really relaxed way to go from Amsterdam to Cologne. No changes, and you step out of the station and see the Dom. Not expensive either, if you buy in advance.
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Oct 19th, 2010, 03:50 AM
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Thanks for the heads-up on the sticker for ordering one appears doable, while embarking on this vacation without a car is not.

Are winter tires necessary for October?

Given the sticker and tires are accounted for, what are parking options close to the Cologne Cathedral?

Thanks in advance...bdj
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Oct 19th, 2010, 04:59 AM
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By the Messe you don't need the sticker.
I don't know about parking in the centre, sorry.

I went by train and my husband parked at the Messe when he went.

oh just found this; www.nicecity.de/english/carandparking.htm

Hth.
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Oct 19th, 2010, 09:08 AM
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We parked across the big train bridge from the Dom. There is plenty of safe on-street parking on the other side. Pay at the meter machine and walk across the bridge. It was easy.
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Oct 20th, 2010, 05:34 AM
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There are some parking opportunities around the cathedral, one of them basically below it. Take a look at the link

http://www.bahnhof.de/site/bahnhoefe...en/parken.html
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