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Cologne: Panoramic City Cruise

1. 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.

Cologne: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

2. Cologne: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

Explore the beautiful city and history of Cologne in a fun and interactive way. Take a brewery tour as you get to know the culture and the beer of the city. Take part in a tour where the guides have the freedom to choose which breweries to take you to. Allow these Kölsch connoisseurs to make decisions based on the group dynamic, ensuring that everyone is entertained and satisfied Begin your experience near the cathedral's grand entrance by the Kreuzblumen monument. Start the thirst-quenching journey to 3 different breweries, where you will taste 3 delicious local beers to find the one that best suits you. Learn about the breweries and the local brewing culture as well as tasting hundreds of years worth of brewing experience. Visit traditional breweries such as the 700-year-old Brauhaus Sion, as well as younger upstarts like Früh am Dom, Cologne's largest.

Cologne: Top Sights Rhine River Cruise

3. 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: Kölsch Beer and Brew House 2-Hour Tour

4. Cologne: Kölsch Beer and Brew House 2-Hour Tour

Learn more about the beer culture of Cologne on a 2-hour guided tour of the historic city center. See famous monuments along the way, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cologne Cathedral. Venture into the Alter Markt to locate some of the finest brew houses in the city, and learn more about the open-minded and passionate attitude of the city's residents. Hear about their drinking rituals and why beer has become such a special culture in the city. Get insider tips to make more of your time in Cologne and visit popular venues such as the Hennes am Dom and Heinzelmännchenbrunnen brew houses. Hear about the small kiosk stores known as büdchen, often converted from colorful former shipping containers.

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.

Experience Cologne: KölnCard

6. Experience Cologne: KölnCard

Discover Cologne comfortably and cost-effectively with the KölnCard. The card offers a vast range of discount offers on artistic, cultural, and leisure attractions, as well as gastronomy and shopping. For example: you get reduced entry to the Cologne Museums and to many other places of interest. Receive concessions at theater and music venues in the city, and travel through the entire region on a tour by boat. This offer also gives you free travel on the city's public transport network. KölnCard discounts: Museums - Deutsches Sport und Olympia Museum - 50% off museum entry - Duftmuseum Farinahaus - 50% off museum entry - Kölner Karnevalsmuseum - 50% off museum entry for adults - Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum - 50% off museum entry for adults - Kölner Senfmuseum - 50% off the price of mills tour - Photografische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur - 50% off entry to current exhibition - Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchivs - 50% off entry to current exhibition - Kolumba Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums Köln - 40% off entry price - Schokoladenmuseum - 24% off entry price - Archäologische Zone Köln - 20% off entry price, excluding special exhibitions - EL-DE Haus NS Dokumentationszentrum - 20% off entry price, excluding special exhibitions - Kölner Dom Schatzkammer - 20% off entry price, excluding special exhibitions - Museum für Angewandte Kunst - 20% off entry price, excluding special exhibitions - Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst - 20% off entry price, excluding special exhibitions - Museum Ludwig - 20% off entry price, excluding special exhibitions - Museum Schnütgen - 20% off entry price, excluding special exhibitions - Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum - 20% off entry price, excluding special exhibitions - Römisch-Germanisches-Museum - 20% off entry price, excluding special exhibitions - Kölnisches Stadtmuseum - 20% off entry price, excluding special exhibitions - Wallraf-Richartz-Museum - 20% off entry price, excluding special exhibitions Food - Karstadt Le Buffet Restaurant & Café - 20% off meals and drinks - Maritim Hotel - 20% off all meals and drinks in the Café Heumarkt - Brauhaus Sion - 15% off a main meal - Café Scholl - 15% off the daily lunch meal - Dinea Café & Restaurant in Ihrer GALERIA Kaufhof - 15% off meals (excluding special offers) - Hard Rock Cafe Cologne - 15% off in the restaurant (excluding alcoholic drinks) Sightseeing - KölnTourismus tour - 50% off the daily tour (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) - Colonia Prima tour - 28% off the costume tour "Visit Heinrich Heine's forbidden city in Cologne" - Stadtgeschichten Köln tour - 23% off all tours - CCS Busreisen GmbH - 20% off the day ticket for the Tourist Shuttle Hop On Hop Off - Colonia Prima tour - 20% off public costume tours - Kolumba Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums Köln - 20% off public tours - Köln Düsseldorfer ferry (KD) - 20% off the regular fare, excluding special cruises - KölnTourist ferry - 20% off panorama cruises, harbor cruises and day cruises to Siebengebirge - Bike rental at Hauptbahnhof - 20% off the rental of a City-Bike for 1 day - StadtKunst Köln - 20% off all tours - inside Cologne - 15-20% off all public tours for adults - RheinEnergie Stadium tour - 17% off single tickets for adults - KölnerCity Tour e.K. - 15% off all sightseeing bus tours - KölnTourismus - 15% off tickets for public city tours - perpedalo Köln Rikscha - 15% off all rides Experience - Studiobühne Köln - 50% off ticket price - Wolters Bimmelbahn - 42% off the single ride for adults - Comedia Köln Theater - 28% off entry price - Kölner Zoo - 17% discount for adults and 24% for children - Gürzenich Orchester in der Philharmonie - 20% off concerts on Monday or Tuesday - Odysseum - 20% off entry price - Oper Köln - 20% off all events - Theater am Dom - 20% off all events - Kölner Haie Eishockey - 15% off the main round games of the KEC - Kölner Seilbahn - 15% off round trips for adults - Theater am Bauturm freies Schauspiel - 15% off the ticket price - koelnwhisky Dieter Matuschke - 10% off Whisky and Rum tastings Shopping - Hard Rock Cafe Köln - 15% discount in the Rock Shop - KölnTourismus - 15% off all purchases in the KölnShop - 4711 Traditionshaus - 10% discount for purchases exceeding 25 EUR - Duftmuseum Farina - 10% off the price of an Original Eau de Cologne - koelnwhisky Dieter Matuschke - 10% off international whiskeys, wines and liquors

Cologne: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

7. Cologne: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Visit the fascinating cathedral city of Cologne and learn all about its 2000 years of history on a guided bike tour. Explore the city in an environmentally friendly way and ride through the Roman times to the Middle Ages up to the latest architectural developments.  Along the way, hear exciting anecdotes and fascinating historical facts on your journey of discovery though Germany’s oldest city. Explore Cologne on a route of approximately 15 kilometers and discover the most interesting places in the city along the way.  Start at the Eigelsteintor, the medieval symbol of the northern old town, and ride past the Prussian Fort X and across the Zoobrücke. From here you can enjoy the fantastic views of Cologne’s skyline. Ride to the green area of the city, the right bank of Rheinpark, which was voted Germany’s most beautiful park in 2007. From the bridgehead of the Hohenzollern Bridge you will see the famous photo scene with the cathedral, the Crane Houses, and the many small towers. Stop on the historical steel bridge to see the love locks before heading to the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Museum Ludwig, and the world-famous cathedral. Relax at one of the breweries before exploring the winding streets of Martinsviertel. From here, cycle along the Rhine to Cologne’s newest and most exclusive area – the brand new Rheinauhafen. Its architectural highlights include the 3 Crane Houses, the Chocolate Museum, the Siebengebirgshaus, and the Wurstbude.  Ride at a leisurely pace northward along the Rhine and admire the picturesque old town before returning to the starting point.

Cologne: Medieval Churches Private Walking Tour

8. Cologne: Medieval Churches Private Walking Tour

Discover the many beautiful churches of Cologne on a walking tour through the Old Town with a private guided. Learn about the history of religion in Germany and see the famous Cologne Cathedral, the Basilica of St Ursula, and visit the Great St. Martin Church, and the Basilica of St Gereon. Begin your tour right in the heart of Cologne’s Old Town at the lively Old Market Square. First visit the Great St. Martin Church, one of the city’s 12 Romanesque churches. Step inside this magnificent building to enjoy its tranquil atmosphere and hear about its fascinating history. A few steps away, stop outside the Cathedral of Cologne, the city’s most famous monument. Admire its spectacular Gothic architecture and find out why the Cathedral is important not only to Cologne’s Christians but also to the Jewish community. See the Baroque-style Kirche Mariä Himmelfahrt and the Romanesque-style Basilica of St Ursula, which houses a shrine made of real bones. Make a final stop will be at the medieval Basilica of St Gereon, which has one of the largest and most beautiful domes in Europe.

Cologne: Entertaining History Tour

9. Cologne: Entertaining History Tour

Embark on a journey through time and Cologne's city history and follow your guide through Cologne's beautiful old town. Take a look at the city's highlights, admire the impressive cathedral and listen to interesting anecdotes about Cologne's carnival. Learn in a fun way, where Cologne's inhabitants come from and how the city came to be. Hear all about the wars of the past and the facets of Cologne's traditional carnival. Learn how the Cologne dialect evolved and what the red and blue sparks mean.

Cologne Cathedral and Old Town Tour with 1 Kölsch

10. 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).

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What people are saying about Cologne Cathedral

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Great tour to see the highlights of the City in a relatively short time period. Be prepared to “workout” a bit as you ride through the City. We were a small group of 3 (another couple and me) with the tour guide, which made it much more personable and provided more time for us to ask plenty of Qs about what was being shared. Well worth it.

Sasha was extremely personable and knowledgeable. his English is very good and he often has jokes to accompany the information at each site. Meeting him was a joyful highlight of our trip!

Eine sehr kurzweilige, informative Tour, die ich nur empfehlen kann. Auch für Menschen aus der Region gibt es Neues zu erfahren.

The best way to enjoy a sunny day in Köln. The staff was friendly and you can order drinks (maybe even snacks) from the bar.

A wonderful day to cruise along the river. Very nice cruise