Art of Touring Destination Management

Are you spending a few days in Cologne or the region? What might you expect to discover on a day trip from Cologne? We’ve put together of few of the best day trips from Cologne for you to discover: both well-known and more secret.

Alternative day trips

1

Brother Klaus Field Chapel

  • Zumthor's Field Chapel near Cologne viewed from a distance with dark clouds above
  • The Field Chapel at Mechernich in the middle of a field with a path leading to a triangular door
  • Water droplet-shaped opening letting light into the Field Chapel by Zumthor

Peter Zumthor is a Swiss architect known for his refined work. To get an intimate view of his work, take a trip out to see his field chapel, which stands alone in the countryside.

Going inside is a unique experience. The space is small but totally unreal, composed from the void left when a whole load wood, which had been encased in concrete, was burned.

Note: It is in use as a chapel so should be respected by all visitors as a place of worship.

How to get there
  • 50 mins by car and then a walk, or take the train to Merchenich and take a bike to cycle (but remember to by a bicycle ticket!)

2

Altenberger Dom

Altenberger Dom is a gothic gem set in a beautiful green setting. Its history dates back to 1259 when an abbey was constructed here by an order of Cistercian monks. For centuries it was used as the resting place for the local rulers of this region: the counts and dukes of Berg and Jülich-Berg.

A visit to the sight allows for the appreciation of gothic architecture in a totally different context than that offered by Cologne’s cathedral.

Look out for signs to the Altenberger Hof Torschänke for a chance for some refreshment, including a Kölsch beer

How to get there

Highlight

  • With luck or a bit of planning, you might be able to catch part of their music programme

3

Zons

Germany has some great cities but what we love best at Art of Touring is coming across hidden gems: out-of-the-beaten track towns that are lesser known but still worth visiting.⁣⁣⁣⁣The medieval town of #Zons halfway between #Düsseldorf and #Cologne is the perfect excursion destination with its picturesque old town, city walls, a 600-year-old looming windmill, and its great open-air museum. The proximity to nature and the Rhine make the little town a perfect starting point for hiking and cycling. ⁣

How to get there

Not to be missed

4

Schloss Dyck

  • Water and Schloss Dyck gardens
  • Fountain in the pond next to Schloss Dyck
  • Wide view of the courtyard at Schloss Dyck
  • Formal gardens at Schloss Dyck
  • Lots of roses in the gardens at Schloss Dyck
  • Cafe restaurant at Schloss Dyck
  • Wine for sale at Schloss Dyck

This is one for those the horticulturalist, and those who love a picturesque Schloss on the water.

Located a little to the north of Cologne, Schloss Dyck offers the classical Schloss experience through a historical exhibition, combined with some fantastic gardens.

You can while away the hours lounging on the beautiful lawns and pick up some delicious local produce at the on-site farm shop.

If you are after refreshment in a more formal setting, there is a very nice cafe restaurant open just next to the entrance to the castle’s main courtyard.

How to get there
  • 45 mins by car from Cologne, or a 30-minute train ride to Grevenbroich followed by a gentle 30-minute cycle through the countryside

Not to be missed

  • A luxurious picnic of delicious treats from the farm shop

5

Waldfrieden Sculpture Park

  • Water and Schloss Dyck gardens
  • Fountain in the pond next to Schloss Dyck
  • Wide view of the courtyard at Schloss Dyck
  • Formal gardens at Schloss Dyck
  • Lots of roses in the gardens at Schloss Dyck
  • Cafe restaurant at Schloss Dyck
  • Wine for sale at Schloss Dyck

How to get there

Not to be missed