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Rhine River (Cologne)

Rhine River (Cologne): Our most recommended tours and activities

Cologne: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

1. Cologne: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Climb on board a double-decker bus for a tour of all of Cologne's essential spots. Use this hop-on hop-off ticket to get off the bus at any of its 14 stops to see sights like the Cathedral, Zoo, old town, and Chlodwigplatz. Get on the bus and get ready to explore the city. Head up to the top deck, or stay down below as the bus cruises through the streets of Cologne. Listen to informative commentary as the bus tours around the scenic city. Come and go from the bus as you please, with a choice of 14 stops to enter or exit. Explore the city at your leisure without having to plan to a timetable, allowing you to be spontaneous in deciding what to see. Discover the city as you glide past sights like the Cologne Chocolate Museum, the Gürzenich convention center, and the Eigelstein Gate. Encounter the tall Cologne Triangle building, as well as the Odysseum, and Lanxess Arena.

Cologne: Top Sights Rhine River Cruise

2. Cologne: Top Sights Rhine River Cruise

See Cologne's top sights from the water on a city cruise. Spot the world-famous Cologne Cathedral, cruise under 5 bridges, and take in the running commentary from the ship's speakers. Start your Rhine cruise with the ship MS Rheinperle, MS Rheinland, or MS Rheintreue. After taking in a view of the iconic Cologne Cathedral and Old Town, cruise to the Rheinauhafen, where you can spot its distinctive crane houses. Pass under 5 bridges to reach Rodenkirchen in the south. The cruise will then take you to the main sights of the city north of the Dome, such as the Zoobrücke bridge. During the cruise, discover more about the sights of Cologne with on-board commentary and English and German. If you want, relax with a local Kölsch beer or a strong coffee and a piece of cake.

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 (at your own expense), 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.  Take in views of bridges from the water like the Hohenzollern, Deutz Suspension Bridge, and the South Bridge. Pass by the the German Sports and Olympic Museum and cruise through the ultra-modern Rheinauhafen urban regeneration project.  Admire the beautiful Cologne Cathedral and snap some photos from afar to capture the structure in all its glory.

Cologne: 3-Hour Südstadt Food Tour

4. Cologne: 3-Hour Südstadt Food Tour

Start your 3-hour walking tour at Chlodwigplatz, in the heart of the Südstadt. Learn some culinary facts about the district before enjoying your first taster. Hear about the history of the Südstadt as the walk continues. Stop for your second international gastronomical visit. Continue past cool second-hand shops, comic book stores, and the Mangal Döner, Lukas Podolski's latest project. Visit a Cologne brewery before stopping for a typical Cologne snack. Get more insider knowledge from your guide and hear the story of the House Balchem, St. Severin, and the wrong side of the Rhine. Savor another international delicacy and then end the tour with a sweet specialty.

Cologne: Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

5. Cologne: Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the historic old town of Cologne and start your walking tour of some of the city's most famous highlights. Marvel at the towering Cologne Cathedral. Discover the ancient myths, legends, and biblical figures incorporated into its Gothic facade. Journey further back in time and visit a Roman villa with a preserved mosaic floor, Roman tomb, and parts of Roman palace buildings. Walking around the Roman-Germanic Museum, you'll see detailed relics from Cologne's Roman period. Walk across the top of the subterranean Cologne Philharmonic Hall, where you'll visit a Holocaust memorial. Then, make your way to Hohenzollern Bridge to take in panoramas of the old town and the futuristic new harbor district. A stroll along the Rhine then leads you to the largest Romanesque church in Cologne. Wander through ancient alleyways to the city's oldest marketplaces and to the Historic Town Hall. End your tour back at Cologne Cathedral and its fairy tale fountain.

Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

6. 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.

Cologne: City Highlights with Local Guide

7. Cologne: City Highlights with Local Guide

Discover the 2000-year-old Roman-founded city of Cologne and hear more about its importance in the Middle Ages. Listen to why it is currently significant as a diverse city of one million residents on this tour with an expert guide from Cologne. Start at the equestrian monument "Heumarkt,"and stroll through the charming narrow alleys of the historic center. Follow the Rhine to the famous Ludwig Museum, and admire the the Philharmonic Hall and the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. Next, make your way back to the Heinzelmännchenbrunnen and hear about its legend. Travel to the "Alter Markt" to see the old town hall tower before arriving back where you started.

Cologne Cathedral and Old Town Tour with 1 Kölsch

8. Cologne Cathedral and Old Town Tour with 1 Kölsch

Enjoy a historical tour of Cologne's old town and see interesting parts of the city while listening to interesting information about it. Be impressed by the outside of the Cologne Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   See the Alter Markt and walk along the Rhine with its picturesque views. Your tour guide is more than happy to show you around and provide you with exciting facts about the history and special culture of Cologne.  Hear about the Romans in Cologne and get some great survival tips for the city. Visit a traditional and rustic brewhouse and enjoy a beer with the group (Kölsch).

Cologne: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

9. Cologne: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

The Cologne scavenger hunt will take you past the most beautiful sights of the Rhine metropolis. Start your adventure at the main station and then head to the Cathedral, which is Cologne's landmark. Also, discover the Heinzelmännchen fountain, the old market with the town hall, the Heumarkt, the Great St. Martin church, the Rhine promenade, and much more. Your city game box contains 16 sealed and numbered envelopes, each holding riddles that need to be solved. Follow clear and precise directions and find your way to the various sights. Once you solve a riddle you will be given a number, which reveals which envelope to open next. You won’t know ahead of time in which succession the Scavenger Hunt City Game envelopes need to be opened. Have fun while you receive detailed information regarding the historical background of every attraction.

Cologne: Guided E-Scooter Tour

10. Cologne: Guided E-Scooter Tour

See the most beautiful landmarks of Cologne on a 3-wheeled scooter. Start your tour at the Alter Messeturm at the edge of the Rheinhallen in Deutz with a view over the Rhine to the famous Cathedral of the city. Cruise to the Hohenzollern Bridge - one of the city's landmarks and the busiest railway bridge in Germany. Cross the bridge on the way to the main station, catching beautiful views of the old town and the Rhine promenade. Pass the Heinrich-Böll-Platz with the striking Ludwig Museum and the Philharmonie, then drive around the imposing Cologne Cathedral. Venture through the small alleys of the historic Gürzenich with its hay market and then continue to the hub of the Old Town, the Old Market Square with the oldest town hall in Germany. After a short break, visit "Tünnes and Schäles", two puppet sculptures embedded in the culture and humor of the city. Rub their noses for an extra portion of luck! Cruise past the Romanesque St. Martin church, the path leads you directly along the Rhine down to the Rheinauhafen harbour. Head towards the Chocolate Museum, exploring three high-tech constructions on the peninsula known as the Crane Houses. Visit the most famous snack bar in Cologne, the "Wurstbraterei". Take a break here and savor a snack if you wish. Cross the Rhine again over the "Severinsbrücke". Under the thick steel ropes you will get fantastic panoramic views of the entire old town and of course, Cologne Cathedral. Return to the starting point to complete the comprehensive journey.

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What people are saying about Rhine River (Cologne)

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Being stuck in a traffic jam 10 mins before the start of our scheduled Tour we gutted and called the phone number on the voucher. Sascha the Tour guide personally answerd the call, was extremely calm and reassured us he and the group would wait for us without problems. When we finally arrived 10 mins with delay he and the whole group of people were greeting us with a big smile and cheer, thanks to Sascha who entertained the group till our arrival. And then we all togehter went on the Tour. Sascha is not only a wonderful guide, full of knowledge, witty, interesting, but has also a good heart. As for the Tour, it was everything we have hoped for. Gave us tips and info what to do with the rest of the trip.

We really enjoyed our tour. Sascha is a great guide, very knowledgeable, talks naturally and has a good sense of humour.

Shows you the true beauty of Köln, the city center is not the only beautiful part of the city.

Very interesting, well organized and professionally conducted. Informative. Gladly again.

Drivers were helpful and fun. For good to all major tourist sites.