Welcome to Northern Rhineland


Cultural travellers will be richly rewarded with such sightseeing gems as the magnificent cathedrals in Cologne and Aachen and the richly endowed art museums in Düsseldorf, Cologne and Bonn. Rhenish joie de vivre means that you'll never be far from a party, be it in a quaint beer hall or a hot-stepping nightclub.


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$12.25 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Cologne Sightseeing Cruise

While cruising down the Rhine River -- Germany's second-largest -- pass some of Cologne’s top attractions, like Cologne Cathedral and the Hohenzollern Bridge (Hohenzollernbrücke), where couples traditionally leave padlocks as a token of their love to one another. See other favorite sights such as Cologne's historic old town and the Cologne Chocolate Museum.Your comfortable sightseeing boat features a spacious sun deck and bar with beverages available for purchase. Admire the city skyline of Cologne while enjoying a freshly tapped glass of Koelsch, the famous local beer (own expense). Learn about Cologne’s interesting 2,000-year history from the informative, onboard audio commentary, and hear interesting stories about Germany’s fourth-largest city.Choose from several departures throughout day, giving you the flexibility to easily fit this tour into your Cologne sightseeing schedule. You can even upgrade to the extended 2-hour nighttime sightseeing cruise, which allows you to admire the city landmarks lit up at night.

$50.65 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Rhine River Cruise: Cologne to Königswinter with Sightseeing

Head to the Cologne riverside in the morning to board your boat. Then, sit back and relax on your 4-hour cruise along the beautiful Rhine River, the longest river in Germany. Enjoy views of the historical towns, hilltop castles and prehistoric fortifications that dot the waterfront while learning about the sights from your onboard guide.Arrive in Königswinter, a resort city at the foot of the densely wooded Siebengebirge hills. Here you have between two and four hours of free time to enjoy lunch if you wish (own expense) and visit the attraction of your choice, as described below. At a prearranged time in the late afternoon or early evening, reboard your boat for a condensed 2.5-hour cruise back to Cologne.Sea Life Aquarium Admission:Get a look at the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Königswinter, an aquarium home to more than 2,000 animals covering more than 120 species. See local and tropical sea dwellers such as stingrays and seahorses, watch animal feedings and walk through one of Germany’s rare 360-degree underwater glass tunnel to come face-to-face with sharks.Drachnfels Railway Ride:Ride one of Germany's oldest cogwheel railways up to the famous Drachenfels hill and stop at the middle station to admire the Drachenfels Castle ruins. This ancient fortress was built by Archbishop Arnold I of Cologne in the 1100s to protect the Cologne region, but was destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War in 1634 and was never rebuilt. Enjoy views over the Rhine Valley from the summit.

$27.86 Tours & Sightseeing

Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Rhine River Cruise

With roots dating back to Roman times, Cologne is packed with buildings and monuments that testify to its ancient and medieval past. Add great museums, an impressive postmodern quarter and top-notch shopping and nightlife scenes, and Germany’s fourth-largest city has plenty for sightseers.Armed with your 24-hour ticket (valid from time of first use), board an open-top, double-decker bus to experience Cologne’s top attractions. Your ticket lets you create your own, personalized itinerary and explore at your own pace — simply hop on and off at any of the 16 stops as you wish. See the Itinerary for a full list of stops.Alternatively, stay aboard for the entire 1.5-hour loop and watch Cologne’s top landmarks roll by. Learn about the sights from your English- and German-speaking guide or wear your headphones to hear the audio commentary.Admire top Cologne attractions such as the world-famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) with its towering twin spires, or perhaps leave the bus to stroll through the picturesque Old Town (Altstadt). Alternatively, hop off at the avant-garde Rheinauhafen quarter and visit the fascinating Chocolate Museum (Schokoladen Museum).Your hop-on, hop-off ticket includes a 1-hour round-trip cruise on the Rhine River. Board your comfortable sightseeing boat and see Cologne from the water as you drift along the legendary river. Admire the soaring cathedral, snap photos of the gabled riverfront houses, and pass the Rheinaufen waterfront, famed for its crane towers — three blocks shaped like hoisting cranes — as the informative onboard commentary brings the landmarks to life.The hop-on hop-off buses depart every hour daily from morning to evening, while the sightseeing cruises depart every 90 minutes daily, from morning to evening.

$81.18 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Cologne Rhine River Dinner Cruise

During your 3-hour dinner cruise aboard a comfortable boat, enjoy taking in Cologne’s beautiful sights along the Rhine River at night.See top attractions such as Cologne’s historic old town, the University of Cologne and the Chocolate Museum. Admire famous city landmarks lit up against the spectacular evening sky, such as the Hohenzollern Bridge (Hohenzollernbrücke) – where couples traditionally attach padlocks called ‘love locks’ as a declaration – and the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) with its silver and blue-lit spires.Choose from regional German dishes at the onboard buffet, and relax as you dine and listen to the DJ’s music selection that will be sure to put you at ease. Enjoy complimentary drinks from the bar, including fresh Koelsch, the famous local beer. After returning to shore, you’re free to stay on board the boat for an additional half hour to finish your drink or just relax!

$38.73 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

KD Rhine Pass from Cologne

Use the pass as a one way ticket to get from one city to another, or maybe you prefer to use it as a return trip to spend a day elsewhere along the river, the choice is yours! Starting from Cologne, you will be able to enjoy the stunning so-called "Siebengebirge".Without committing yourself to a certain route in advance, this pass would also allow you to enjoy the Rhine Valley with its numerous beautiful castles, endless vineyards, the Loreley and much, much more -- starting from Koblenz. This is a fantastic alternative to rail travel, while viewing the Rhine Valley from it's best vantage point - the Rhine itself!The Rhine Pass is valid on all scheduled KD day cruises between Cologne and Linz as well as Koblenz and Mainz, as well as the Moselle between Koblenz and Cochem except special theme cruises and cruises including gastronomic service.For a current timetable, please click 'View Additional Info'.

$51.71 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Cologne Sunday Christmas Brunch Cruise on Rhine River

Bring your appetite, and board your heated and covered boat at 10am to begin your festive Sunday cruise along the Rhine River. Christmas music will greet you as you inhale the delicious scents from the brunch buffet and enjoy your welcome drink of sparkling wine or orange juice. Load up on a variety of hot and cold foods including eggs, cold cuts, salads, pasta, and fish. Sit back and relax as the city of Cologne glides by on either side. Behold stunning Cologne Cathedral, which has the largest facade of any church in the world. This stunning Gothic cathedral and UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Germany’s most popular attractions. Pass by colorful and vibrant Old Town (Altstadt) with its many restaurants and bars. And see Rheinauhafen, an urban redevelopment project that includes a marina and three architecturally distinctive buildings shaped like construction cranes. Refill your plate as often as you like, but be sure to leave room for dessert. Throughout your cruise, sing along to your favorite Christmas carols. By the time your 2.5-hour cruise along the Rhine River returns to the beginning departure point, you’ll be ready to continue your day with independent sightseeing or Christmas shopping.

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