Bike rental in Cologne

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1 day is 12 EUR

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How it works

Rent a bike in a few clicks

Rent a bike in a few clicks

Get the app to rent a bike from many locations, in many cities.

Unlock your rental bike

Unlock your rental bike

Find your bike at the pick-up location and unlock with the app.

Ride and keep the bike

Ride and keep the bike

Short or long rentals. Lock and unlock your bike as much as you like.

Return the rental bike

Return the rental bike

Return the rental bike to an available drop-off location, lock it and end your rental with the app.

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Cologne cycling guide

Bike rental in Cologne

The 4th biggest German city lies on the Rhine – Germany’s longest river – with most of its must sees concentrated on the west bank of it. This often underrated city is famous for its gothic churches, unique culture and for being the LGBT capital of Germany. If you want to rent a bike in Cologne you can find Donkey Bike locations spread all over the city.

Get in the lane

The city is flat and the central areas feature a patchwork of cycle lanes, which make it ideal to explore Cologne by bike. To bring your Cologne cycling to the next level, there are 7 bridges to cross on the river and they also offer you some of the best spots for taking a snap together with your Donkey Bike.

How to explore Cologne on a bike

Renting a bike in Cologne is the quickest and best way to do reach your destinations. Whether you have a meeting or decide to get around in the city by exploring its neighbourhoods, cafes, bridges, churches or go sight by sight. We collected our recommendations below for where to take your Donkey Bike to, all you need to do is to download the Donkey Republic app to rent a bike in Cologne and start exploring on two wheels.

The city of love

Cologne is a romantic city where the Hohenzollern Bridge is a popular spot for lovers. Each day lovers and friends, tourists and locals place their love locks on the railings and throw the key to the river as a sign of their loyalty to each other. Rent a bike in Cologne with the Donkey Republic app and take your significant one on a personalised tour on two wheels. Check out aloove who can help you with organising a great experience.

Explore Cologne

Culture of Cologne

Culture of Cologne

There are a handful of things good to know about the culture, before you jump in the saddle to explore Cologne on your rental bike. Cologners are not your typical Germans. They are pretty open-minded, thus the city is also considered as the capital of the LGBT scene in Germany. Expect a buzzing gay bar culture with carnival vibes all year round. Köln is also known for the unique local dialect and their similarly named local beer, Kölsch that is only served in 200ml glasses (aka Stangen). The word “Kölsch” for Cologners is similar to what hygge means for the Danes.

Take your bike to the old town

Take your bike to the old town

Similar to other European cities, the old town (Altstadt) hides all the treasures of the past and also some of the current high street fashion too. You can easily feel like you are in Copenhagen when you arrive in the city centre of Cologne on your rental bike to enjoy a lazy coffee surrounded by colourful facades. Once you are in the centre, don’t miss the Cologne Cathedral, it should be right in front of you and is a must in Cologne. They say the view from the top is worth the 500 steps, if your legs aren’t already burnt out by your bike tour around Cologne.

Cycle Cologne’s Neighbourhoods

Cycle Cologne’s Neighbourhoods

The most popular neighbourhoods or as Cologners call them Veedels are concentrated in the center and are all equipped with plenty of bars, cafes and entertainment. The Belgian quarter is one of the hippest areas with record stores and fashion boutiques while Schaafenstrasse and Heumarkt are home to the busiest gay bars and attractions. If you are planning to pedal through a night out on your rental bike in Cologne, head to the triangle of Rudolfplatz, Rathenauplatz, Zülpicher platz, a popular destination for locals, university students and tourists too. If you feel like making yourself and your Donkey work for the sweets (or beers), take your bike outside the centre and check the eclectic area of Ehrenfeld.

See Cologne’s architecture from the saddle

See Cologne’s architecture from the saddle

Destroyed during the war, Cologne now paints a contrasted picture of modern architecture sitting in a concrete jungle. Renting a bike to cycle the streets is the best way to experience this tapestry of diverse structure. Similar to Hafencity in Hamburg, Rheinauhafen is a (fairly) newly renovated area at the harbour, hosting the well known crane shaped glass buildings. However if you are more into a Game of Thrones kind of experience, there are a number of gothic and fairytale-like churches in Cologne that you can easily connect by jumping on your Donkey Bike.

German cycling rules

In safe hands

Always use hand signals to communicate your intentions while riding your rental bike. One hand straight up means stopping, right hand to the side – turning right, left hand to the side … you get the drill.

Fall in line

Riding two abreast is forbidden on roads – always ride single file even in a bicycle lane. I know, that sounds so German!

You’ve only got 2 wheels

It is illegal for bicycles to be on the autobahn, so don’t be caught trying to race 120 Km/h traffic.

Stay sober or park your bike

Don’t even think about cycling under the influence of alcohol or drugs – you’ll face a hefty fine if you do, not to mention the risk of an accident. Also, well, we don’t want a smashed up rental bike 🙂

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