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How to Spend 1 Day at the Rhine River

How to Spend 1 Day at the Rhine River

Germany’s longest river, the Rhine flows the length of most of the country and wends its way past major cities, lush wine regions, numerous castles, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you only have one day to experience the Rhine, focus on the accessible section between Düsseldorf and Cologne. Here’s your perfect itinerary.

Morning: Düsseldorf Excursions

Begin your day’s Rhine-themed adventures in Düsseldorf. Known for its cutting-edge design and art scenes, the city is also celebrated for its riverside scenery and landmark-packed Old Town (Altstadt). Panoramic tours by boat make it possible to sightsee as you float down the Rhine, while walking tours will typically visit the Altstadt, Rhine Promenade, and landmarks such as Düsseldorf City Hall and St. Lambertus Church. If you’re pressed for time, book a Segway tour to zip around town in just an hour or two.

Afternoon: Cologne Adventures

Given that Cologne is located less than an hour’s drive or train journey south of Düsseldorf, make the most of your brief stay and visit two cities in one day. Famed for its colossal cathedral and its many museums, renowned as a popular destination for chocolate lovers and beer drinkers, cosmopolitan Cologne also boasts an impressive Altstadt of its own. Following your afternoon arrival, book a private walking tour to discover the sights that interest you most.

Evening: The Rhine by Night

Once the sun begins to set, make your way to the Rhine and hop aboard a sightseeing boat: Evening is the perfect time to set sail on a river cruise (and watch the glittering lights of the city’s skyline come on). For a seamless, two-in-one experience, a dinner cruise lets you enjoy a gourmet meal as well as a relaxed sightseeing foray. If you still have energy upon returning to shore, wind down the night with a Kölsch-themed beer tour. A refreshing ale-lager hybrid, Kölsch hails from Cologne and is one of Germany’s most beloved, traditional beer styles.

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Düsseldorf Sightseeing round-trip Cruise

Düsseldorf Sightseeing round-trip Cruise

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Float down the romantic Rhine River on this 1-hour sightseeing cruise from Düsseldorf and admire panoramic views of the city’s waterfront sights. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and listen to the on-board commentary as you glide past the Media Harbour, spot architectural landmarks like the Rhine Tower and take a peek at the atmospheric Old Town.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.61
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$14.61
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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
Price varies by group size
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$37.47
Price varies by group size
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$85.25
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$85.25
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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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$21.92
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Cologne: 1-hour Rhine River Panorama Cruise

Cologne: 1-hour Rhine River Panorama Cruise

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Take a 1-hour river cruise along the Rhine and explore Cologne’s beautiful city skyline. Listen to informative commentary onboard about the city’s 2,000-year culture and history as you take in the panoramic views of Cologne. Guests are able to get off and visit the Cologne Cathedral, located just five minutes from the dock, and learn about Germany’s most visited cultural monument.
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  • 1 hour
  • Taking safety measures
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$11.85
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Dusseldorf Private Walking Tour

Dusseldorf Private Walking Tour

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Explore Dusseldorf on foot during this short, guided, private walking tour of the city that is totally customizable. Let your guide set a route that meanders through Old Town, along the Rhine Promenade, to Saint Lambertus church and more, or work together to plan a personalized itinerary and route based on your interest in history, WWII, King Wilhelm IV, and architecture.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$181.47
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Private Tour: Düsseldorf Highlights Tour

Private Tour: Düsseldorf Highlights Tour

Discover history and creativity in bustling Düsseldorf on this private 2-hour Düsseldorf highlights tour. Travel with your private guide along the Rhine River promenade. Gain insight into the city’s heritage and discover landmarks such as Rheinturm and Media Harbour. Learn of World War II history in the Old Town, home to the iconic City Hall building. Stroll down the Königsallee, where people mingle in busy cafes, vibrant restaurants and bars. Listen as your guide highlights hotspots known only to locals and hear the stories linking Königsallee to King Wilhelm IV.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$257.64
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$257.64
Price varies by group size

Düsseldorf Segway Tour: Classical City Experience

Düsseldorf Segway Tour: Classical City Experience

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Hop on a Segway to see the sights of Düsseldorf, and put a fun twist on your sightseeing experience. Starting from Düsseldorf's handsome Old Town, the tour crosses the Rhine River and takes in the city's bridges, harbor district, and the designer boutiques of the Königsallee shopping enclave. Learn about the city as you glide around town, and enjoy photos stops by all the key sights. A typical Düsseldorf beer is also included at an Old Town brewery.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Top 10 attractions walking tour of Dusseldorf

Top 10 attractions walking tour of Dusseldorf

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Get acquainted with the historic city of Dusseldorf during this short, private, guided walking tour that takes you to the city’s top 10 attractions. Take it all in and make the most of your visit with stops at the world’s longest bar, the Dusseldorf state parliament, old town, and more. Learn about the city’s past and watch modern life unfold as you wander and learn.
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  • 2 hours
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$237.49
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