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Cologne: Panorama City Cruise Options

1. Cologne: Panorama City Cruise Options

1-Hour Panorama 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. Sunday Brunch Cruise If you like brunch and love variety, then try Sunday brunch aboard a laidback boat cruise. You can come and enjoy brunch every first and third Sunday of the month from May to October, and on Easter, Mother’s Day and Whitsunday. Come on board and enjoy the fantastic buffet, which includes everything you need for a decent brunch. Receive a glass of sparkling Prosecco or tea or coffee as a welcome drink to start the cruise in style. Sit back and enjoy brunch with your friends or family. Enjoy the scenery as you pass by the beautiful Old Town and admire the fantastic views of the wonderful sights in the city. Combo: Rhine Cruise and Gold Menu at the Hard Rock Cafe Secure yourself the handy combination of a 1-hour panoramic boat cruise and a meal at the legendary Hard Rock Cafe Cologne. Only a few minutes’ walk separates the cult restaurant and the boat pier. You can decide whether you want to eat at the restaurant first and then enjoy the boat tour, or vice versa. Plan your memorable day in Cologne to your liking with the flexibility of having 5 daily departures to choose from. Visit the newly-renovated Hard Rock Cafe located in the city center, and skip the queue of people waiting to enter. Experience 40 years of rock history and admire the vast collection of valuable memorabilia such as Elvis’ sunglasses, Jimi Hendrix’s vest, or Bette Midler’s stage outfit. Enjoy an exclusive menu in a relaxed rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere. Receive priority seats and skip the line to kick start the party straight away. Pick up some unique Hard Rock souvenirs in the Rock Shop and enjoy the experience. Gold Menu Starter: Small House Salad Main Courses: -Twisted Mac & Cheese Pasta -Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich -Veggie Leggie Burger -Legendary Burger -Chicken Caesar Salad Dessert: Lil Brownie Choice of Drink: Soft drinks, coffee, or tea Evening Cruise with All-Inclusive Buffet Dinner Experience an evening with friends, colleges or in a pair. Enjoy the buffet while gazing over the city panorama. All drinks, such as red, white and rose wine, beer and soft drinks are included. A DJ will be there on board. Evening Panorama Cruise Cologne has a special charm when the sunset passes over the sights. See the cathedral and the Rhein Bridge on this 2-hour cruise.

Cologne to Königswinter: Siebengebirge Cruise

2. Cologne to Königswinter: Siebengebirge Cruise

Explore the spectacular Siebengebirge on a fascinating boat tour. Climb aboard in Cologne and cruise past Bonn and the legendary Drachenfels to Königswinter. Admire the stunning views of the countryside and the towns along the way. The Drachenfels is the most famous mountain in the region surrounding Cologne and Bonn. At the top of the summit is a ruined castle which, together with the Drachenfels plateau, is one of the most popular recreation areas in the Rhineland. Stroll along the waterfront or head up the mountain with the Drachenfels Railway to enjoy the breathtaking views over the Rhine Valley and the Rolandsbogen. You can choose between a one-way cruise from Cologne to Königswinter or a roundtrip cruise from Cologne to Königswinter and back. If you opt for the roundtrip cruise, you’ll have sufficient time to explore Königswinter on your own.

Cologne: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

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

If you are you looking for a fun way to explore the beautiful city and history of Cologne, this renowned brewery tour is a great choice. 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. If you'd like an even more personalized experience, select the option with a private guide. The 2-hour tour begins near the cathedral's grand entrance by the Kreuzblumen monument. After a couple of fun facts about the cathedral and the Kreuzblume, you start the thirst-quenching journey to three different breweries, where you will taste three delicious local beers to find the one that best suits you. You will not only learn a little bit about the breweries and the local brewing culture, but most importantly, you will taste the result of hundreds of years of brewing experience. The tour covers some of the most traditional breweries Cologne has to offer, such as the 700 year-old Brauhaus Sion, as well as younger breweries such, as Früh am Dom, Cologne's largest brewery.

Cologne: Guided Tour of the Melaten Cemetery

4. Cologne: Guided Tour of the Melaten Cemetery

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 square meters and around 55,000 gravesites. Enjoy moments of peace and tranquility during the 2-hour 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: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

5. Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

Enjoy some of Cologne’s harbors and their facilities with explanations from a knowledgeable local guide in German on this 3-hour harbor cruise. The tour on MS Rhein Cargo, MS Rheinland or MS Rheinperle examines the history of the Rheinau Harbor, offers insights into the Deutz Harbor and Mülheim Harbor and takes you into the container harbor Niehl, one of Germany’s largest inland harbors. During the tour your guide will offer you useful information and exciting anecdotes about Cologne's harbors, their history, dates and figures and you can observe the work in the harbor Niehl, a unique insight in the city.

Cologne: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

6. 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 you’ll 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 you'll 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 Highlights Tour with a Local

7. Cologne: Guided Highlights Tour with a Local

Embark on a walking tour in the historic city center of Cologne with a local guide who will show you the city highlights and provide you with ideas and tips for your stay. Experience the special flair of a city that is 2,000 years old. Step into local life as you explore the streets of Cologne with a local by your side. See the Gothic Cathedral, discover the impressive Dionysos mosaic next door, and pass the Museum Ludwig of Modern Art on your way to the river. Stroll along the banks of the Rhine, then walk through the narrow cobbled lanes of the former merchants’ quarter around St. Martin’s church to the spacious Alter Markt (Old Market Square) and the City Hall. 

Cologne: Top Sights Rhine River Cruise

8. 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: Old Town Walking Tour with Brewery and Kölsch Beer

9. Cologne: Old Town Walking Tour with Brewery and Kölsch Beer

Discover the secrets of Cologne's Old Town on this guided walking tour. Uncover the almost 2000-years of history in the historic city center as you see the Cologne Cathedral and the Town Hall Meet your guide by the Friedrich Wilhelm III statue in Heumarkt. Navigate through the narrow alleys that has been a bustling merchant center since the Middle Ages. Travel back in time as you hear about what life was like in the past. Snap pictures of the Gothic architecture at Cologne Cathedral and the Renaissance-style of the Town Hall. Get suggestions on local hotspots. Make your way to a traditional brewery which serves Cologne's drink of choice, Kölsch beer. Sit back and enjoy the lively atmosphere in the brewery while drinking a cold Kölsch beer. Enjoy how the fruity taste of the beer is balanced with hoppy bitterness. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

Cologne Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

10. Cologne Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt through Cologne. Download the smartphone app and get ready to begin. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring sites at your own pace. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answer questions, and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn exciting facts and create memories that you won’t forget. Discover another side to Cologne on this fun tour. Be sure to take photos of Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in northern Europe. If heights don’t phase you, then take a trip to the cathedral’s roofs to get a view over the city. Begin the activity any time, and visit Cologne Cathedral, Heinzelmännchenbrunnen, Josef-Kardinal-Frings-Denkmal, Historisches Rathaus, Old Market, Great St. Martin Church, Brunnen der Fischweiber, Der Pegelturm, Duftmuseum im Farina Haus, and more.

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What people are saying about Cologne

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11 reviews

We were a group of 10 women and 2 guides who made it very fun and interesting. It was 2 nice hours through Cologne with a lot of interesting facts about the art of brewing in Cologne and funny anecdotes about Cologne in the past. Our guides were called Pablo and Moritz

Our tour guide Pina was super nice. The tour was really fun, you learn a lot about Cologne's bridal culture and of course there's also top Kölsch. Pina gave us a really entertaining tour of the breweries and otherwise answered any questions we had.

Great tour because you don't just walk around the cathedral like you would during a visit, but also get to know the other side of the Rhine. Tobi is very knowledgeable and took the time to explain.

The day was beautiful with good weather to enjoy the trip down the Rhine

Very good guide! Great leadership of the guide! Highly recommended!