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Dortmund: BVB Signal Iduna Park Self-Guided Tour

1. Dortmund: BVB Signal Iduna Park Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Signal Iduna Park, home to the famous German football team BVB. Your tour will start at Foyer West, where an instructor will explain to you how the tour works. They will send you on your way to the western tribune. This is a self-guided tour, meaning you will explore the stadium on your own, following the instruction signs. Throughout the route, you will learn more about the stadium, the club, and the players. The expected duration of the tour is 60 minutes. A tour highlight includes the "mix zone", the area where rival teams meet each other for the first time. The player's cabins, the player tunnel, and of course the actual field are also awaiting you to explore. While you are not allowed to step onto the field or touch the grass, you are allowed to sit on the coach's bench, breathing in the BVB spirit.

Düsseldorf: Boat Cruise on the Rhine

2. Düsseldorf: Boat Cruise on the Rhine

Düsseldorf has a lot to offer – not just the carnival. Get to know the sights in Düsseldorf aboard a superb river cruise. Discover Germany's city of fashion at its best as you relax on board. Admire the ruins of the city and be impressed by the panorama of the picturesque Old Town. Located at the cultural and commercial heart of the Rhineland, you will see plenty of life on the river banks as you cruise by. Sail from a central location in the city center, and see the lovely banks of the Rhine River in comfort. During the trip on the Rhine, you will get to admire some of the city's major landmarks and sights from the water. On board the boat, you can grab some snacks and drinks from the bar at reasonable prices.

Cologne: Panoramic City Cruise

3. Cologne: Panoramic City Cruise

Journey through the charming city of Cologne and discover its sightseeing highlights from the water. Grab some snacks and drinks from the onboard bar and relax as you look out at Cologne’s historic landmarks and bridges. Get to know Cologne's Old Town, characterized by its beautiful churches and historic buildings. You'll also spot impressive modern buildings here and there, such as the Lindt chocolate museum. Admire the beautiful Cologne Cathedral and snap some photos from afar to capture the structure in all its glory.

Düsseldorf: 24h-Ticket HopOn HopOff

4. Düsseldorf: 24h-Ticket HopOn HopOff

Hop on the sightseeing bus and enjoy the highlights of Düsseldorf! The open-top double-decker bus will make exploring the city easy and comfortable. The tour route takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete, but your ticket is valid for a full day. Travel around and through the city center of this vibrant metropolis on the Rhine River. With the tour’s hop-on hop-off feature, get off at any of the stops along the route and explore your favorite spots at your own pace. Learn more about each attraction and the history of the city through earphones (commentary available in 10 languages).

Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

5. Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

Awaiting the visitors is a walk-in tropical house, natural history information on cocoa, exhibits from the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America, an important porcelain and silver collection from the Baroque period, as well as numerous old machines from the time of industrialisation. In a glass chocolate factory and in the chocolate atelier, visitors can experience how chocolate products are made industrially, but also individually by hand. And: there is a 3-meter-high chocolate fountain in which 200 kg of delicious chocolate constantly bubble up for tasting. Tasting is expressly encouraged!

Düsseldorf: Altbier-Safari Beer Walking Tour

6. Düsseldorf: Altbier-Safari Beer Walking Tour

Enjoy authentic Düsseldorf beer culture and lifestyle on this city walking tour. Sample local microbrews and learn about production as your guide takes you through the process. Your tour starts in front of the Schloßturm at Burgplatz in the old town of Düsseldorf. In the Brauerei Kürzer, get an insight into the brewing process and see the "beer barrel which is never empty." Sample the non-pasteurized craft beers with unique flavors you could taste blindfolded. Drink like a local, standing on the street in front of the brewery, and listen as your guide shares stories of the local beer culture. Learn the answers to the eternal questions: Why is Altbier not an old beer? What or who is a Köbes? Why you don't have to order beer in Düsseldorf? Why are the glasses so small? Where is the "longest bar in the world"? Where did the Neandertaler get its name? Afterwards, make new friends and reserve a table at one of the breweries, where your tour will end on a high note.

Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

7. Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

Experience a fun way to explore the beautiful city and history of Düsseldorf with the renowned brewery tour. Meet your young and energetic guide, an experienced professional who will happily take you on a trip through the city's most famous breweries. Not only will you learn a little bit about the breweries and the local brewing culture, but most importantly taste the result of hundreds of years of brewing experience. Enjoy the warm and traditional atmosphere as the brewery tour shines a light on Düsseldorf's weirdest, most interesting, and hilarious facts and legends. The tour covers not only the most historical and experienced breweries such as the “Im Füchschen”, but also the more modern masters in “Alt Beer” brewing such as the “Kürzer”. Begin at the Radschläger Brunnen opposite the famous Brewery “Zum Goldenen Ring”. The guides are easily spotted, equipped with black backpacks and a signature red nametag. They will gather all the participants before starting the tour giving you an opportunity to meet the rest of the beer lovers and make some friends as well as ensuring that nobody gets left behind. After getting acquainted, no time is wasted as the tour starts the thirst-quenching journey to 3 different breweries, where you will taste delicious local beer to find the one that best suits you. On this tour, the guides have the freedom to choose which breweries to take you to. This allows them to make decisions based on the group dynamic ensuring that everyone is entertained and satisfied. No matter whether you’re there with your friends, families, coworkers, sports team or even by yourself, the public brewery tour will satisfy each and every one of you.

Brühl: Phantasialand Entrance Ticket

8. Brühl: Phantasialand Entrance Ticket

Experience Phantasialand and its fantastic rides, worldwide unique attractions, and fun shows with the whole family. Visit Phantasialand for an unforgettable family day out or for an enchanting stay in one of three themed hotels. In six beautifully decorated themed areas, Fantasy, Berlin, Deep in Africa, China Town, Mexico, and Mystery, you'll enjoy more than 40 spectacular attractions and dazzling shows. There are plenty of attractions for the whole family.  There is a lot to discover for the little ones and the daredevils among you can experience the most exciting thrill rides in Phantasialand. In short: young and old experience an unforgettable day immersed in another world. NEW: Discover the new world Rookburgh: A world-renowned adventure – steam hangs in the streets, the thumping of machines sounds in the distance, and suddenly a revolutionary flying machine skims by – F.L.Y., the world's first and longest Flying Launch Coaster.  Explore the mysterious theme world of Klugheim and race through an imposing volcanic landscape with Taron, the fastest and longest multi-launch roller coaster in the world! This exciting roller coaster surprises even the bravest roller coaster fan with two mega-fast launches and lightning-fast cornering.  Or step into Raik, the fastest family boomerang roller coaster of its kind, and skim between Taron and the mighty rocks of Klugheim: first forward and then backward! A spectacle for young and old. Not far from Klugheim, you are suddenly in Mexico, where you go on an expedition in Chiapas, the steepest whitewater ride in the world. The favorite of many here is the runaway mine train roller coaster Colorado Adventure.  Then skim through Africa in the multi-award-winning inverted coaster Black Mamba before returning to the 20s in Berlin. Here you can stroll in the streets of old Berlin and fully enjoy charming terraces and the many eateries.  Afterward, you can go mouse hunting with the whole family in the 3D attraction Maus au Chocolat, unique in Europe, or you can see the world upside down in the crazy Hotel Tartuff. In the Fantasy theme area, the little ones can indulge themselves in the many children's attractions and enjoy themselves in the indoor children's village Wuze Town. BREATHTAKING SHOWS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILYLet yourself be enchanted by stunning acrobatics, beautiful song and dance, and a good mood. Experience moments to dream, laugh, and wonder with the whole family. AN EXTRAORDINARY CUISINEEnjoy the wide choice of high-quality dishes that the restaurants and eateries have to offer with sun-drenched tapas, huge cakes, and richly filled sandwiches. Discover delicious and healthy food inspired by the 6 different theme worlds. THEMED HOTELS RIGHT IN THE PARKWhy not make your visit to Phantasialand an unforgettable short holiday and stay in the middle of an adventure in one of the three themed hotels? The themed hotels offer every comfort in a special and unique atmosphere. Each hotel is located directly in the park and offers its guests an exclusive private entrance. Discover the African family hotel Matamba and let yourself be enchanted by this fascinating continent's brilliant colors and authentic craftsmanship. This hotel is perfect for young adventurers. Escape the daily grind at the ****Ling Bao theme hotel built according to Feng Shui guidelines. With an authentic Asian atmosphere, a heated indoor and outdoor pool, a beautiful Oriental garden, and the Mandala Spa, it is the ideal place to relax. At the hotel Charles Lindbergh, you will be immersed in a breathtaking adventure of an industrial world of aviation and explorers. You will sleep in your own aeronaut cabin and feel the winning heartbeat of Rookburgh down to the smallest detail. The experience and adventure of a lifetime. Here you can only book an exclusive experience package all in. Don't forget while staying in the hotel to taste one of the 15 types of craft beer or an exciting cocktail bowl for an experience that surpasses all examples.

Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

9. Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

Discover some of Cologne’s harbors and their facilities on a harbor cruise. Listen to interesting facts about how the harbor functions from your local guide en route. Sit back and relax as you take in the sights from the water, as you make your way in and out of harbors like the Niehl container harbor—one of Germany's largest inland ones. Become a pro at the history of the Rheinau Harbor, hear fascinating insights about the Deutz and Mülheim harbors, and head into the Niehl container harbor, one of Germany’s largest inland harbors on this cruise. During your cruise, listen as your guide offers information and exciting anecdotes about Cologne's harbors, their history, dates, and figures.

Düsseldorf: Ticket for Rhine Tower

10. Düsseldorf: Ticket for Rhine Tower

The Rhine Tower, Dusseldorf's most recognizable landmark, was created by architect H. Deilmann and built in 1982 on the edge of the city center’s southern district at the entrance to the Media Harbour. From the tower, you will experience the most breathtaking view of the Rhine Metropolis: the Media Harbour, historic city center, Hofgarten, Königsallee and the Rhine. If on the day of your visit the weather is clear, the view extends as far as the Cologne Cathedral.  Opening Hours:  Sunday to Thursday: 11.00 AM - 12:00 AM Friday, Saturday, and Holidays: 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

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What people are saying about North Rhine-Westphalia

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4.5 / 5

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Tour guide is considerate of our needs, knowledgeable about the history of the area. Speaks excellent English for those who cannot speak German.

The whole ride was just perfect from start to finish. I would like to thank you for this great experience and can only recommend it to everyone.

We took the English tour with Hauke and it was really fun and interesting. I would definitely recommend it

Well organised. Definitely recommended. Big thanks to our tour guide Peter.

The guide was great. The tour was very informative and interesting