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Cologne: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

1. 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.

Düsseldorf: Classic City Segway Tour

2. Düsseldorf: Classic City Segway Tour

Discover the sights of Düsseldorf on a Segway tour through the old town and along the banks of the Rhine. Drive across the Rheinkniebrücke to the other side of the river to discover the rhine meadows. Marvel at the skyline und enjoy a fun Segway-ride. Cross the bridge Oberkasselerbrücke to get back to the other side of the Rhine. Visit the Tonhalle that is known all over the world due to its breathtaking architecture of expressionism times.  Afterwards, discover the old town of Düsseldorf. Drive through the world's longest bar und enjoy a short stop and Altbier tasting at the house brewery "Uerige". Pass the picturesque Burgplatz close to the Rhine and head to the Medienhafen. Get a glimpse of the Federal State Parliament of Northrine-Westphalia, pass the architecturally interesting Medienhafen and finally reach the world-famous Königsallee.

Düsseldorf: E-Scooter City Tour

3. Düsseldorf: E-Scooter City Tour

Meet directly at the Rhine Tower, the highest building in the city. With a view of the state parliament and the spectacular Rheinkniebrücke bridge, you'll shortly learn how to drive and have fun on a secure e-scooter Scuddy. Begin by cruising along the Rhine to the Media Harbor, passing several funky Gehry buildings. Leave the yachts behind in the marina and continue on down the Rhine promenade towards the old town. Arrive at the spacious Burgplatz and check out the Schlossturm castle tower. Stay close to the Rhine to reach the Oberkasseler Bridge and the time-honored St. Lambertus Church with its leaning basilica tower. Then cruise past the imposing dome of the Tonhalle before reaching the legendary Fortuna Büdchen, a large drinking hall associated with the Düsseldorf football club. Continue on past important museums as well as the Dreischeibenhaus, an impressive piece of contemporary architecture from the 1960s. Experience the hustle and bustle of Königsallee, which features the best shopping in town. Choose the 2-hour tour for an even more thorough exploration of the city, including the left side of the Rhine. Discover the elegant Oberkassel, a district featuring buildings from the "Gründerzeit" and the Art Nouveau period. See additional sights like the K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, an art collection housed behind a distinctive black granite façade. Roll by the Kom(m)ödchen, the cabaret stage, and head towards Carlplatz, where a bustling market can be found Mondays through Saturdays. At the end of your tour, you'll return at a relaxed pace back to the starting point.

Düsseldorf: Guided Old Town Walking Tour with Beer Break

4. Düsseldorf: Guided Old Town Walking Tour with Beer Break

Discover the top sights and hidden gems on this walking tour of the Old Town in Düsseldorf. Get tips on the best places to eat and drink. Walk along the Rhine and uncover photo hotspots. Meet your guide next to the Tritonenbrunnen statue and make your way from the famous Königsallee to the Old Town. Pass by high fashion shops like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, and Rolex. Make your way through the Old Town to find local breweries. If you select the option, you can also sample a tasty local beer. Let your guide show you local dancing hotspots and restaurants. Hear fascinating stories and historical accounts about the city and its attractions as you walk. Admire the Rhine as you walk along its riverbank. Snap pictures at iconic spots in Düsseldorf. End your tour in the heart of the Old Town where you can easily find a spot to grab dinner.

Cologne: Kölsche Highlights-/Altstadt Tour in German

5. Cologne: Kölsche Highlights-/Altstadt Tour in German

Between the Cologne Cathedral and the "large St. Martin" at the Rhine is where the old town of Cologne is located. Even the old carnival hit "Die Hüs´cher bunt om Aldermaat" (text and music: Gerhard Jussenhoven/Jupp Schlösser; 1938) reflects the charm of this district with its medieval townhouses. The area also testifies to Kölscher peculiarity. Throughout this tour, allow yourself be carried away into the time of the Romans as you learn stories, legends, and anecdotes about Cologne's history. Get to know Cologne's Town Hall and the Jewish Quarter, as you encounter them with your local guide. Stories about breweries, pubs, historical personalities, and sights, invite you to a tour into the heart of Cologne. Experience and learn about medieval Cologne on this barrier free tour.

Düsseldorf: Blue Hour Walking Tour with a Photographer Guide

6. Düsseldorf: Blue Hour Walking Tour with a Photographer Guide

Wander the urban district and the narrow alleys of Düsseldorf as you embark on a photography tour during blue hour, which occurs roughly 20-30 minutes after sunset. Begin in the afternoon in the urban boulevard of Königsallee to get some of the best shots of the city before the sunsets. Make your way through the alleys of the old town while listening to stories from your guide while keeping a lookout for secret places. Finish on a bridge over the river Rhine during sunset. Stand at the most scenic spot and capture amazing pictures of Düsseldorf after the sun has set. Receive tips from your guide on how to take the best photos possible and how to use the impactful light during this unique time of day.

Cologne Südstadt Tour in German

7. Cologne Südstadt Tour in German

Cologne's Südstadt – three "Veedel" (neighbourhoods), each with a different character but also its own charm. Tour the Severinsviertel, a former worker's neighbourhood, the Rheinauhafen and the bourgeois Neustadt Süd. Let your guide explain to you the close connection of the three Veedel in spite of their differences. Learn about the impact of industrialisation on Cologne. Find out how foresightful city administration implemented a ring road concept and which famous personages shaped the Severinsviertel and the Südstadt.

Oberhausen: Scavenger Hunt Around The Imperial Garden

8. Oberhausen: Scavenger Hunt Around The Imperial Garden

Enjoy a day in Oberhausen's Kaisergarten park while playing a scavenger hunt game on your smartphone. Pass by Oberhausen Castle and other charming spots as you play. Go to the Kaisergarten to start your game. Listen to audio to learn information about the locations you visit along the way. Take in views of the park, nearby Overhausen Castle, and the Rhine-Herne Canal as you explore. Solve puzzles and play a variety of mini-games. Finish all of the tasks in the scavenger hunt to receive your score. Compare your performance on a leaderboard.

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What people are saying about North Rhine-Westphalia

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.

Johannes was a mine of information about Cologne. A very comprehensive tour that toured right around the inner & outer parts of the city centre on both sides of the Rhine. He knows every nook & cranny of this culturally rich city. We encountered a bit of rain on the East side & we waited that out.

Christian was a wonderful tour guide focusing on the importance of experiencing the way locals do

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

one of the best bike ride ever, with knoweldgable tutor