North of Koblenz, the scenery bordering the Rhine is not quite as romantic as along the Middle Rhine further south. Instead the river takes on the mightiness of an urban stream as it courses through such cities as Bonn, Cologne and Düsseldorf. Many towns in the region started out as Roman settlements some 2000 years ago, and it was also the Romans who gave the Rhine its name (rhenus in Latin).
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.