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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.

Düsseldorf: Boat Cruise on the Rhine

2. Düsseldorf: Boat 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.

Dortmund: BVB Signal Iduna Park Self-Guided Tour

3. Dortmund: BVB Signal Iduna Park Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Signal Iduna Park, home to the famous German football team BVB. Your tour will start at Foyer West, where an instructor will explain to you how the tour works. They will send you on your way to the western tribune. This is a self-guided tour, meaning you will explore the stadium on your own, following the instruction signs. Throughout the route, you will learn more about the stadium, the club, and the players. The expected duration of the tour is 60 minutes. A tour highlight includes the "mix zone", the area where rival teams meet each other for the first time. The player's cabins, the player tunnel, and of course the actual field are also awaiting you to explore. While you are not allowed to step onto the field or touch the grass, you are allowed to sit on the coach's bench, breathing in the BVB spirit.

Düsseldorf: Altbier-Safari Beer Walking Tour

4. Düsseldorf: Altbier-Safari Beer Walking Tour

Enjoy authentic Düsseldorf beer culture and lifestyle on this city walking tour. Sample local microbrews and learn about production as your guide takes you through the process. Your tour starts in front of the Schloßturm at Burgplatz in the old town of Düsseldorf. In the Brauerei Kürzer, get an insight into the brewing process and see the "beer barrel which is never empty." Sample the non-pasteurized craft beers with unique flavors you could taste blindfolded. Drink like a local, standing on the street in front of the brewery, and listen as your guide shares stories of the local beer culture. Learn the answers to the eternal questions: Why is Altbier not an old beer? What or who is a Köbes? Why you don't have to order beer in Düsseldorf? Why are the glasses so small? Where is the "longest bar in the world"? Where did the Neandertaler get its name? Afterwards, make new friends and reserve a table at one of the breweries, where your tour will end on a high note.

Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

5. Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

Experience a fun way to explore the beautiful city and history of Düsseldorf with the renowned brewery tour. Meet your young and energetic guide, an experienced professional who will happily take you on a trip through the city's most famous breweries. Not only will you learn a little bit about the breweries and the local brewing culture, but most importantly taste the result of hundreds of years of brewing experience. Enjoy the warm and traditional atmosphere as the brewery tour shines a light on Düsseldorf's weirdest, most interesting, and hilarious facts and legends. The tour covers not only the most historical and experienced breweries such as the “Im Füchschen”, but also the more modern masters in “Alt Beer” brewing such as the “Kürzer”. Begin at the Radschläger Brunnen opposite the famous Brewery “Zum Goldenen Ring”. The guides are easily spotted, equipped with black backpacks and a signature red nametag. They will gather all the participants before starting the tour giving you an opportunity to meet the rest of the beer lovers and make some friends as well as ensuring that nobody gets left behind. After getting acquainted, no time is wasted as the tour starts the thirst-quenching journey to 3 different breweries, where you will taste delicious local beer to find the one that best suits you. 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. No matter whether you’re there with your friends, families, coworkers, sports team or even by yourself, the public brewery tour will satisfy each and every one of you.

Düsseldorf: Ticket for Rhine Tower

6. Düsseldorf: Ticket for Rhine Tower

The Rhine Tower, Dusseldorf's most recognizable landmark, was created by architect H. Deilmann and built in 1982 on the edge of the city center’s southern district at the entrance to the Media Harbour. From the tower, you will experience the most breathtaking view of the Rhine Metropolis: the Media Harbour, historic city center, Hofgarten, Königsallee and the Rhine. If on the day of your visit the weather is clear, the view extends as far as the Cologne Cathedral.  You will also have the chance to enjoy the view while drinking a warm beverage or a glass of wine/beer in the bar, situated on the top of the tower at a height of 168 meters (depending on the option booked). Opening Hours:  Sunday to Thursday: 11.00 AM - 12:00 AM Friday, Saturday, and Holidays: 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Cologne to Königswinter: Siebengebirge Cruise

7. 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

8. 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: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

9. 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!

Düsseldorf: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

10. Düsseldorf: Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Hop on the sightseeing bus and enjoy the highlights of Düsseldorf! The open-top double-decker bus will make exploring the city easy and comfortable. The tour route takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete, but your ticket is valid for a full day. Travel around and through the city center of this vibrant metropolis on the Rhine River. With the tour’s hop-on hop-off feature, get off at any of the stops along the route and explore your favorite spots at your own pace. Learn more about each attraction and the history of the city through earphones (commentary available in 10 languages).

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We decided to do a tour of Cologne's old town because it was our first time in Cologne and we didn't just want to marvel at Cologne Cathedral. Our guide, Sebastian, introduced us to Cologne Cathedral and the old town in an entertaining and humorous way. The tour is very interesting not only for tourists but also for locals. Two hours that you should schedule without hesitation at any time for a visit to Cologne. Sebastian is a great guide, who not only impressed with his entertaining, informative manner, but also with a small singing performance and animal-related knowledge of Cologne's city history. We hope that our guide will also be next time and give full marks plus stars.

Theoretically you can of course also visit the cemetery without a guide, but then you miss the best. The two-hour guided tour by Manfred Speier was extremely entertaining and informative and passed by in a flash. He packs the information in a variety of anecdotes and background information so that it never gets boring, even remotely. We laughed a lot and learned a lot. A very successful afternoon that I can wholeheartedly recommend

Sascha brought us closer to both historical and modern Cologne with knowledge and wit. The two hours flew by. In the evening the tour had its special charm.

This is really an excitement tour, you can actually see how beautiful this city is. The best one on a river I ever saw until now.

It was very interesting, informative and fun guided tour in a small group. Recommended! Thanks Sasha!