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Balancing Cologne and the country in Rhein-Erft-Kreis

The district of Rhein-Erft-Kreis, which encircles happening Cologne, is a prime place to go if you want the joys of the big city while staying in the beautiful Rhineland country. A hop, skip and a jump from the door of Rhein-Erft-Kreis vacation rentals will take you to half-timbered homes and beer bars, the spiked Gothic turrets that mark out Cologne Cathedral and the fairy tale Altstadt area. Meanwhile, sleepy little towns and villages, swathes of pretty woodland, and a smattering of enchanting castles and palaces pepper the region, to the west.

Things to do

Rhein-Erft-Kreis has enough schlosser to go around

Visits to local castles are a great way to enjoy German heritage in Rhein-Erft-Kreis without having to delve into the urban sprawl of Cologne. Pretty Burg Bergerhausen – now a popular filming location and wedding venue – is a good place to start. It rests elegantly on the edge of a lake, ringed by charming parklands and spiked with beautiful baroque towers. Schloss Paffendorf, in Bergheim, is also on the menu. Its Renaissance exterior houses a fine-dining brasserie and sumptuous wine-tasting spaces. Then there are the Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces, in Bruhl, a UNESCO-tagged display of fountains and carved staircases that encapsulate the rococo style.


Rhein-Erft-Kreis – a prime base for excursions

Rhein-Erft-Kreis vacation rentals cling to the outskirts of Cologne or pepper smaller towns and villages, like Kerpen and Bergheim, just a little to the west of it. All are within 40 minutes' drive of the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia's largest town. That means you're always within shot of the walking tours that wind through the historic Altstadt district. Some will aim to reveal the long history of the great Cologne Cathedral. Others will spin tales of wars and invasions in the Rhineland. Then there are those that concern themselves with the food of the beer halls, or even the beer itself – it's a real German pastime.


Timing that Rhein-Erft-Kreis break

If you've opted for Rhein-Erft-Kreis vacation rentals as a way to fuse a sightseeing trip to Cologne with a taste of the gorgeous Rhineland backcountry, then it might be wise to plan your stay for months like June, July and August. They represent the middle of the German summer, bringing regular temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s, along with cloudless skies. Autumn, in September and October, is also beautiful, here – just wait for the district's forests to start changing color.

Natural features

Woods and parks in Rhein-Erft-Kreis

Bounded by the Erft River on one side, and the city of Cologne and the Rhine on the other, Rhein-Erft-Kreis manages to pack in a dashing swathe of quintessential west German countryside. The thick woodlands of the Konigsdorfer Forst cover its heart, a blanket of fir trees and beeches that hide moss-caked undergrowth and hiking paths. In Bruhl, the 18th-century baroque gardens of the Augustusburg Palace offer a medley of hedgerow mazes, tree-lined avenues and manicured gardens, dotted with elegant sculptures.

Can I find a vacation rental around Rhein-Erft-Kreis District?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 565 vacation rentals near Rhein-Erft-Kreis District. From 50 Houses to 477 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Rhein-Erft-Kreis District area.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Rhein-Erft-Kreis District?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rhein-Erft-Kreis District:

  • Altstadt: 48 vacation rentals
  • Düsseldorf-Eller: 28 vacation rentals
  • Rodenkirchen District: 31 vacation rentals
  • Nippes: 39 vacation rentals
  • Düsseldorf-Bilk: 40 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Rhein-Erft-Kreis District?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Rhein-Erft-Kreis District. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Phantasialand: 608 vacation rentals
  • Michael Schmacher Kart and Event Center: 479 vacation rentals
  • Castle Park Gleuel: 551 vacation rentals
  • Augustusburg Castle: 587 vacation rentals
  • Frechen Gross Koenigsdorf Station: 602 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rhein-Erft-Kreis District listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Rhein-Erft-Kreis District?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 50 Houses in Rhein-Erft-Kreis District. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Rhein-Erft-Kreis District include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 477 rentals available
  • Villas: 4 rentals available
  • Cabins: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Rhein-Erft-Kreis District?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 13 vacation rentals with pool available in Rhein-Erft-Kreis District. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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