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On the Road

On the Road


Why not spend your spring holidays on two of the most popular Rock festivals in Europe? Enjoy some entertaining open air days at Germany's Rock am Ring before hitting the road to Download Festival in Britain. Follow your favourite band from stage to stage.

PLEASE NOTE: it may occur that in some years, Download is taking place BEFORE Rock am Ring. In these cases, this road trip can of course also be enjoyed the other way round. That means, starting in the UK and hitting the road towards Germany.

On the way, explore some of the most beautiful historical towns in Europe. Stroll along cobbled pavements and timbered houses and discover the breathtaking architecture of medieval cathedrals. Don’t miss the recommended spots along: authentic Rock 'n' Roll pubs, cozy live venues, and funky record stores. Always worth a detour. Enjoy some relaxed sightseeing days off in between the two huge outdoor events. Always accompanied by the tunes of the real big players in Rock, Punk, and Heavy Metal.

This trip will lead you from Cologne and Rock am Ring to Ghent & Bruges in Belgium. On the way, take a break at the historical city of Aachen. Afterwards, cross the Channel and discover Canterbury's rich history before heading to Windsor, Oxford, and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Our recommended subTOUR includes 3 nights along the route in between Rock am Ring and Download. But it's up to you to extend or shorten the trip as you like. Also get our ultimate tips for some extra days before and after the festival: Cologne and Birmingham are always a good choice for an overnight on top.

This trip is easiest done by car, whether your own or a rental one. Always a great choice for camper vans rentals in Germany is Roadsurfer. So sleeping in a proper bed, a camper van, or your tent? That's the reason we hand-picked camping sites as well as hotels for your overnight stays along the way. Prefer something special and personal? Landvergnuegen lists all camping pitches in Germany available at rural farms, wineries and similar.

Prefer Rock im Park instead of Rock am Ring? Also check out our Rock im Park to Download tour.