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How to Spend 2 Days in Cologne

How to Spend 2 Days in Cologne

The western German city of Cologne occupies a scenic spot on the banks of the River Rhine. With two days in this dynamic city, you’ll have enough time to hit the highlights, take a scenic river cruise, and taste traditional German beers. Here’s how to get the most out of 48 hours in Cologne. 

Day 1: Boat Cruises and Beer Tours

**Morning:**Get your bearings in Cologne with a ride on the double-decker hop-on hop-off bus, quickly covering top city landmarks including Gothic Cologne Cathedral and city hall. Travelers interested in a sightseeing cruise on the Rhine River may want to investigate tickets that combine the bus with a boat tour. 

**Afternoon:**See Cologne from the deck of a boat with a scenic river cruise. Choose a quick sightseeing cruise within the city, or venture farther afield and admire views of the Rhine River during a journey to a nearby town, taking in castles, vineyards, and churches on the riverbank along the way. 

**Night:**Spend your first evening sampling German craft beers during a night out in Cologne. Choose between history-focused walking tours that visit traditional pubs and pub crawls that include a lively evening of drinking and dancing. Follow your local guide to best experience the atmosphere of Cologne after dark.

Day 2: Cologne by Bike and Museum Time

**Morning:**Devote this morning to exploring Cologne by bike during a guided ride, getting a closer look at landmarks including the Hohenzollern Bridge and the Old Town. Themed bike tours are also available depending on the season, such as tours focused on the city’s Christmas lights.

 

**Afternoon:**Spend this afternoon exploring the Cologne museum that most interests you. Choose between the Chocolate Museum (bring your sweet tooth), the Farina Fragrance Museum, and, if you’re traveling with the family, the Odysseum science museum for kids. Save time and skip the line by purchasing priority access tickets in advance. 

**Night:**On your final evening in town, take to the Rhine River for a different perspective on  Cologne after dark. Choose between dinner cruises with an included buffet and sunset cruises with à la carte food and drink. Admire views of the illuminated landmarks, including the stunning Gothic Cologne Cathedral, and toast your time in the city. 

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Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

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Explore the best of Cologne on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Cologne’s top attractions—like Cologne Cathedral and Cologne City Hall, plus visit the Old Town district, bustling Roncalliplatz, the historic Alter Markt square and much more. Select the 1-day pass, then board at any of the 16 stops and get to know this landmark of High Gothic architecture in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary in English and German. Audio guides in nine languages also available. A Rhine River sightseeing cruise is also included.
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Cologne Sightseeing round-trip Cruise

Cologne Sightseeing round-trip Cruise

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Admire beautiful Cologne from the water on a sightseeing cruise along the Rhine River. Choose from a range of departure times and watch top Cologne attractions including twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, the Old Town and the Hohenzollern Bridge unfold as you cruise along the world-famous river. Buy drinks such as the much-loved local Koelsch beer from the bar, and hear about Cologne’s long and illustrious history while you sail. If you wish, choose to enjoy a longer, 2-hour evening cruise to see Cologne’s sights sparkling with lights along the riversides.
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Cologne All-inclusive Evening Cruise

Cologne All-inclusive Evening Cruise

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Looking for a unique way spend an evening in Cologne? Take a leisurely dinner cruise along the city’s dazzling waterfront! Spend three hours floating along the Rhine River, savoring delicious regional cuisine and listening to music spun by a live DJ. Stroll the deck at sunset, indulge in a freshly prepared buffet and complimentary drinks, and take in beautifully illuminated sights such as Hohenzollern Bridge and Cologne Cathedral after dusk.
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  • 3 hours
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Small-Group Bike Tour of Cologne with Guide

Small-Group Bike Tour of Cologne with Guide

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With its scenic waterfront, grand bridges, and UNESCO-listed Cathedral, Cologne offers an atmospheric backdrop for a cycling tour. This bike tour ensures that you maximize your time, exploring much further than a walking tour. The circuit takes in landmarks such as Cologne Cathedral, Hohenzollern Bridge, and the Rhine River, including plenty of photo stops along the way.
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  • 3 hours
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English guided tour (other languages offered)

English guided tour (other languages offered)

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Learn how Eau de Cologne was first produced 300 years ago, by visiting Farina Fragrance Museum in Cologne. You'll avoid long lines by having a pre-booked ticket, and going on a guided tour will help make the most of your visit. Smell different fragrances, see the original arched cellar, learn about perfume production, and see rare historic items. A magnificent tour that helps you step back in time, and understand true craftsmanship.
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Rhine River Evening Panorama Cruise in Cologne

Rhine River Evening Panorama Cruise in Cologne

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Experience Cologne’s magical nighttime landscape from the water on this evening Rhine River cruise. Dine and drink à la carte from the onboard restaurant against the backdrop of illuminated landmarks like the famous Cologne Cathedral. With comfortable amenities and unparalleled views of riverside landmarks, it’s a memorable way to spend an evening in Germany’s fourth-largest city.
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  • 2 hours
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