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Cologne

From the iconic cathedral to Gothic architecture and a charming old town, this German riverside city awaits.

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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 (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.

Düsseldorf: City Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine

2. Düsseldorf: City Sightseeing 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: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

3. 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

4. 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: 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!

Brühl: Phantasialand Entrance Ticket

6. 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

7. 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: The Melaten Cemetery, Life, Love and Death Tour

8. Cologne: The Melaten Cemetery, Life, Love and Death Tour

Wander through Melaten Cemetery in Cologne and see the tombs of the city's most prominent personalities on a walking tour. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and rich history of the large park with a guide. Discover a place of silence embedded in a beautiful park with incomparable flora and fauna in the middle of Cologne. Visit the Melaten cemetery and stroll through the complex, which has an area of over four hundred thousand square meters and around 55,000 gravesites. Enjoy moments of peace and quiet during the guided tour and experience how close love, death, and suffering as well as art culture are to each other. Learn interesting facts and curiosities about historical personalities and impressive tombs and monuments and visit the former "Leprosenanstalt".

Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

9. Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

Enjoy a festive and romantic winter cruise along the Rhine River with live music and a hot beverage of your choice. Get great views from the panorama boat of Cologne’s skyline, which is beautifully decorated during the holiday season. See some of Cologne's most iconic sites like the famous church "Groß St. Martin", the former Rheinau Harbour with the three crane houses and, of course, Cologne Cathedral. Listen to musicians play festive music and sip on a cup of "Glühwein" (hot wine punch), coffee, or hot chocolate.

Cologne: Brewery tour old town with "4 Kölsch + halven Hahn"

10. Cologne: Brewery tour old town with "4 Kölsch + halven Hahn"

Experience 4 typical breweries in the Old Town and learn about the art of brewing in Cologne. Learn, why people sometimes go to Cologne's breweries to confess and why it's better not to order water there. Taste 4 different freshly tapped varieties of Kölsch beer and learn why it is the favorite drink of Cologne's inhabitants. Try a traditional Halver Hahn at one of the breweries - half a rye roll with butter, cheese, mustard and onions. See the cozy living rooms and the way of live in Cologne and experience comfort Cologne-style. Additionally, you can learn more about the history of the 2000 year old cathedral city in a humorous way.

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What people are saying about Cologne

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 7,534 reviews

Sasche was a fantastic guide. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. He even sent photos of where exactly to meet; so there was no worry about going to the wrong place. Thanks for a very enjoyable tour.

I really enjoyed this cruise. The boats are amazing - much nicer than expected. The service onboard was great and the food fantastic. Konigswinter is lovely. I recommend getting the cable car up to the mountain.

Great for children (and busy with children), lovely shop downstairs and a restaurant to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate afterwards. Yum

The experience was really amazing. The route is so scenic & serene

Good park, short distances, waiting times acceptable