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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. Admire the beautiful Cologne Cathedral and snap some photos from afar to capture the structure in all its glory.

Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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: 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: Rhine River Cruise Through the Old Town

6. Cologne: Rhine River Cruise Through the Old Town

See Cologne's top sights from the water on a city cruise. Admire views of the world-famous Cologne Cathedral from the water and dive deeper into the sites with the running commentary from the ship's loudspeakers. Start your Rhine cruise by boarding on of the spacious river boats, the MS Rheinperle, the MS Rheinland, or the MS Rheintreue. Set off on your sightseeing adventure. Capture pictures of views of the iconic Cologne Cathedral and Old Town, cruise to the Rheinauhafen where the Schokoladenmuseum and Sportmuseum are located. Pass by the distinctive crane houses of the harbor area. Pass under 5 bridges to reach the Rodenkirchen borough in the south. During the cruise, discover more about the sights of Cologne with on-board commentary in both English and German.  Indulge in an onboard treat with the option to purchase a local Kölsch beer or a strong coffee and a piece of cake. Return to your meeting point at the end of your relaxing cruise. 

Cologne: Private Rickshaw Tour

7. 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: Guided E-Bike Riviera Tour Along the Rhine

8. Cologne: Guided E-Bike Riviera Tour Along the Rhine

Enjoy “la kölsche Vita” on a relaxing e-bike tour along the bike paths that follow the banks of the Rhine. Discover the less busy, more green areas around Cologne with a guide. Feel the cool breeze as you explore a lesser-known, totally tranquil side of the area. Leave the buzzing city center behind and make your way to the south towards local recreation areas, small beaches, and riverfront cafes and restaurants. Cross over the Rhine with one of the city's smallest ferries to medieval Zündorf, a small picturesque former fishing village. Relax with a cold Kölsch beer, a coffee, or a tasty ice cream. Cycle back on the eastern banks of the Rhine and enjoy beautiful views of the Cologne skyline as you head back to the city center. On the way to the south and back, you can also expect exciting anecdotes and fascinating historical facts about the green surroundings of Cologne, and its history and traditions. Discover the best of the Cologne Riviera on a tour designed to be relaxing and enriching.

Cologne Südstadt Tour in German

9. 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.

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What people are saying about Rheinauhafen

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,638 reviews

Very clean and posh looking cruise. It on time and staff was friendly. It's highly recommended cruise company.

It was very nice the staff were also super friendly always happy to come back

Informative and entertaining tour with our great guide Till. Gladly again!

It is worth getting to know the city from another perspective.

It was a nice way exploring the city in bikes. I recommend it.