Our final stop after leaving the “Romantic Rhine” region (as the guidebooks call it) was Cologne. This large city, itself situated on the Rhine, was both worth a visit and ideally located for our final day’s drive up to Rotterdam and the P&O Ferries terminal (which is at Europoort, just outside Rotterdam).
As with everywhere we visited in Germany, there was a suitable stellplatz at which we planned to stay the night – right by the river and within walking distance of the city centre. All for the bargain price of €8 – although it was pay-and-display, so €8 of change was required!
We made good time and were parked up at the stellplatz by lunchtime, so had a quick lunch and then walked along the river to the city centre. I’m not a guide book writer or a church enthusiast so I won’t provide an account of the cathedral (Dom) and the many other historic buildings, other than to say that the cathedral, at least, is well worth a visit. Admission is free.
We enjoyed a wander around the city centre, although the shopping district is a bit pointless unless you want to shop in (largely) the same types of shop you’ll find in any major UK city. The older parts of the city are more interesting and rewarding. Food and drink isn’t cheap – but it’s no worse than major UK cities.
Unfortunately, the weather turned against us and we were dripping by the time we got back to the van in the evening. On the positive side, we’d discovered a small supermarket with a cake counter less than 10 minutes away from where we’d parked, so we were provisioned with two large slices of cheesecake for dessert!
The next morning we left bright and early for the final leg up to Rotterdam and the morning after that we disembarked in Hull, marking the end of another great European motorhome trip.
In three weeks we covered 2,300 miles driving around Germany and a little bit of Austria.