Camping Calonge - a quick guide

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Camping Calonge or Cologne, as it is popularly known, has a long and varied history that dates back over two thousand years. The city sits on the banks of the mighty River Rhine in the west of the country and is the cultural hub of this part of Germany. The heart of Cologne has a reconstructed old town which was destroyed in the war. Here guests can find fine Gothic architecture, the Ludwid Museum which houses some of the great art work from the 20th century including pieces by Pablo Picasso, and a museum which chronicles the history of the Roman Empire in this art of Germany and holds many antiquities from that time. While most visitors typically stay in one of the many hotels, apartments, or guest houses, there are several campsites which make for inexpensive places to stay amongst the greenery of the city and the surrounding area. There are three many campgrounds that are nestled on the River Rhine near to the city, all of which have easy access into the city centre. Not only do they allow guests to easily see the many museums and sights of Cologne, but they offer plenty of activities from kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, and more. The perfect place for families or those looking for a quiet retreat.

Camping Berger

Camp Berger is the largest of the campsites and a must visit when you go camping Calonge. It's also the third oldest campsite in the whole country and the oldest in the Rhine region having been founded in the early 1930s. Set within hundreds of acres of beautiful green landscape, the camp has over 250 single pitches, of which half of those are for tourists and visitors. It's worth remembering that the campsite is closed between Christmas and New Year, so don't plan to visit around that time. Located just south of the city, the site is next to the beautiful little village of Rodenkirchen in a conservation area on the banks of the River Rhine. The pitches are available for tents, motorhomes, and caravans, most of which are shaded by the trees, a welcome relief in the midday summer sun. The campsite is open all year round and facilities include a kitchen, a modern bathroom block with hot showers, laundry facilities and dryer, electricity hook ups, a grocery store, a kids' playground, an onsite restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a bicycle hire service, and a slip way to get you boat into the River Rhine. Guests can go hiking in the wilderness, boating on the Rhine, or cycling along the trails. The campsite is cheap with adults costing US $10 a night, and children between 4-14 US $5 per night. There are a few add ons for electricity, extra tent hire, motorbike parking, bring your pets, and bike hire.

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Campingplatz der Stadt Koln

Campingplatz de Stadt Koln is another campsite located close to Cologne on the River Rhine. The park has around 150 unmarked pitches on a lovely grassy location accessed by a small road. Each of the pitches have an electricity hook up, and many benefit from shade from the mature onsite trees. The pitches can be used for both motorhomes, caravans, and tents, which are all separated from each other. The campsite has plenty of facilities including a newly renovated toilet block with hot showers (which are accessible for disabled travellers) and a large outdoor covered room which has cooking facilities including gas hobs and microwaves. The site also has laundry facilities including a dryer, a grocery store with freshly baked bread and basic supplies, a drinks machine, and internet access throughout. Nearby, guests can go golfing in one of the fine courses, cast your line into the river to hook a fish, and there are bar, restaurant, and shopping available. Guests also have access to the city of Cologne with all its world class museums (including the Museum of Chocolate which is a favourite with children), art galleries, an opera theatre, and of course, the beautiful Gothic Cathedral. There is a theme park called Phantasialand and a zoo with an enormous array of wildlife close to the campsite.

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Reisemobilhafen campsite

The Reisemobilhafen is located near to the city centre, right on the River Rhine. It has 60 concrete pitches available for campervans, and caravans with vehicles. It enjoys spectacular views over the glorious river and within minutes, guests can be in the downtown centre of Cologne using the underground or cycling along the pathways, and the zoo is within walking distance. The campsite is open all year round, but the summer months are the busiest with pitches being booking up weeks in advance. The campsite costs US $16 per pitch for 24 hours including electricity. It's been open since 1971, its been popular with those with RVs for years. Unfortunately, the campsite doesn't have any toilets or shower facilities, but guests are welcome to use the facilities in the hostel next door. They also have an onsite restaurant serving up simple but delicious food, an onsite bar stocked with cold beers and wines, a small store, and a sunny terrace.

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Waldbad Camping

Waldbad campsite is located a little distance away from the city, but is worth the effort to reach it. It's small with around 50 pitches available to campers, motorhomes, and caravans. They also have several guest bedrooms and a caravan for those looking for a little more comfort. It's surrounded by pine and fir trees making it particularly scenic. Wake up to the sounds of birds singing in the trees. The campsite features a common room, an outdoor swimming pool complete with a water slide, a beach volleyball court, and cooking facilities. There isn't a restaurant on the campsite, but there is one nearby serving excellent food and the camp can order freshly baked bread for the morning should you wish. As well as the wealth of things to do in Cologne, there is also a mini golf and bowling alley nearby. Facilities include washing machines and dryers, a small library, and a heated forest bath nested in an idyllic forested location next to the camp.

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