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How to Spend 3 Days in Cologne

How to Spend 3 Days in Cologne

From boat trips to pub crawls, Cologne offers plenty of entertainment. Bike through different neighborhoods, sample craft beer, go museum-hopping, and more. Here’s how to make the most of three days in this German cultural hub on the Rhine River. 

Day 1: Museum visits and dinner cruises

Find your bearings in Cologne with an introductory tour. For maximum flexibility and easy transportation, purchase a hop-on hop-off bus pass that stops at popular attractions such as the Cologne Cathedral and City Hall—or opt for a combo bus/boat package. Alternatively, hit the streets on a group or private walking tour through the historical Old Town. Later, check out some of Cologne’s excellent museums, such as the Farina Fragrance Museum, the Chocolate Museum, and the Odysseum science museum (perfect for kids). In the evening, savor views of the city on a sunset or dinner cruise along the Rhine. 

Day 2: Bike tours and beer crawls

Enjoy the fresh air and cover ground more quickly on the back of a bike. Following a local guide, marvel at landmarks such as the Hohenzollern Bridge while exploring different districts. Themed rides (e.g. a tour of the city’s best Christmas lights) are on offer seasonally. Then, get a taste of German beer culture while learning about Cologne’s history as you stroll among traditional pubs and sample a variety of microbrews. Or, go for a guided pub crawl that includes nightclub entry.

Day 3: Photo tours and day trips

Delve into your creative side with a photography-themed tour. Join a local photographer for tips on topics such as perspective and composition, as you wander around the city center snapping photos. Alternatively, venture beyond Cologne on a day trip—perhaps a sightseeing journey to Königswinter with views of castles, vineyards, and churches along the way. For more flexibility, buy a hop-on hop-off boat pass, getting off wherever you like along the Rhine—towns such as Linz, Koblenz, and Mainz make scenic stops. 

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Cologne Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Cologne Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Trade a traditional guided tour of Cologne for a personalized walking tour based on a new travel concept. Meeting up with a Lokafyer guide is like having a friend to show you around Cologne, from the coolest neighborhoods to the places locals actually eat. Since you’ll connect with the guide to talk or chat before the tour, you can customize the experience to your preferences and interests.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.47
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$37.47
Price varies by group size
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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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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.84
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$29.84
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$38.73
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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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  • 45 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$6.09
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.92
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Cologne Photo Expeditions by K Yellow

Cologne Photo Expeditions by K Yellow

Snap your way through the city of Cologne with a photography tour that’s suitable for all. Using your own camera or smartphone, you’ll discover Cologne’s most scenic corners and history with a photographer guide, learning about compositions, color, and perspective as you go. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour when you book online, then just turn up to explore with your camera in hand.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.59
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