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Rheinauhafen: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

1. 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: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

2. 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: Guided E-Scooter Tour

3. 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.

Cologne: Private Rickshaw Tour

4. Cologne: Private Rickshaw Tour

Start your private rickshaw tour at the official tourist office in central part of Cologne. Cool down or warm up with a refreshing hot or cold beverage on your trip. Roll by Früh, Heinzelmännchenbrunnen, Dionysos Mosaic, and Hohenzollernbreach. Let your expert driver reveal wonderful panoramic views of the cathedral and of and the east side of the river. Decided to finish your tour at the riverside or in another part of the city center, depending which you choose, continue in the higher part of the city or the riverside. Picking to end in the upper city will take you on a visit of the house of Johan Maria Farina to learn more about the invention of Eu de Cologne. Drive by the town hall and town hall tower, before proceeding to hei and vibrant old market Selecting to end by the riverside will take you on a journey to the southern part of the city with stops at the Chocolate museum, Crane buildings, and Yachthafen.

Cologne: 90-Minute Rheinauhafen Walking Tour

5. Cologne: 90-Minute Rheinauhafen Walking Tour

Even in ancient times, the river Rhine was the lifeline of the city of Cologne and during the Middle Ages, it was the source of the enormous wealth of the city. After a flood combined with an ice drift had destroyed the port facilities in front of Cologne’s city center and many ships in 1784, the city administration decided that building a safe port was inevitable. The former leisure island Werthchen was transformed into a harbor, fulfilling all requirements of the industrialization and the rapid growth of the city. During the 1970s, the importance of the Rheinauhafen as an industrial harbor decreased constantly, therefore a new concept for the port area was due. Ony your walking tour through the new Rheinauhafen, pass the Sport- und Olympiamuseum, the Kranhäuser, the so-called Siebengebirge and the Krafthaus. Learn about old and new buildings, the former and the current use of the buildings, and about the meaning of the chosen street names. The destination point of the tour is the so-called Siebengebirge in the southern part of Rheinauhafen.

Cologne: City Highlights Segway Tour

6. Cologne: City Highlights Segway Tour

Ride a convenient segway through Cologne and breeze through the busy city streets as you make your way to each location on your itinerary. Take a trip to the most beautiful corners of the cathedral city and learn about the unique sites that make up the cityscape, while traveling along the Rhine. After being briefed on how to drive a segway by an experienced guide, take a leisure ride through the Rheinpark to get a view of the skyline. Past the Messeturm, the old exhibition halls, and the KölnTriangle, arrive at the Hohenzollern Bridge and gaze at the thousands of love locks. Enjoy the bustling ambiance as you cross over to the other side of the Rhine, arriving at the Domplattefor a quick break. Discover the modern Rheinauhafen with its spectacular crane houses on the river banks. Ride under the houses, then turn around to head back to the Old Town. Cross the Zoobrücke to end up right back in the parking lot, where your journey comes to an end.

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What people are saying about Rheinauhafen

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,034 reviews

very nice and competent guide, information and anecdotes were presented in an entertaining way. As a native of Cologne, I have never seen Cologne from the water side downstream!! and found it amazing how green Cologne is

It was a great boat trip with a lot of interesting information about the various ports in Cologne. The 3 hours flew by. Definitely recommendable!! The gastronomic offer was good, the service very friendly.

Unfortunately, access via the jetty is difficult for people who are not quite as fit because of the low water.

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

one of the best bike ride ever, with knoweldgable tutor