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How to Spend 2 Days at the Rhine River

How to Spend 2 Days at the Rhine River

One of the world’s great rivers, the Rhine is a sightseeing dream destination: From UNESCO-listed landscapes and vibrant urban centers to picturesque wine regions and centuries-old towns, the river wends its way through some of Germany’s top scenery. Two days offers the perfect introduction to the region. Here’s where to go.

Day 1: Urban Adventures

**Morning:**Happily for time-pressed travelers, two of the Rhine’s major cities—Düsseldorf and Cologne—are located just a quick trip apart. On your first day in the region, set time aside to visit both urban hubs. Begin in Düsseldorf: A morning walking or Segway tour is the perfect way to tour its Old Town (Aldstadt), stroll its Rhine Promenade, and discover its history.

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, transfer to Cologne, less than an hour’s trip south of Düsseldorf, whether you drive or take public transit. If it’s culture you fancy, visit the city’s soaring cathedral and other Aldstadt highlights. Alternatively, duck into the Cologne Chocolate Museum, which offers a sweet treat for visitors of all ages.

**Evening:**Given that this is a Rhine tour, make sure to get out on the water before day’s end. Evening sightseeing cruises offer a relaxing way to wind down your busy first day, as well as drink in sunset views of the city’s skyline. Book a dinner cruise to enjoy a multicourse meal as you float along.

Day 2: River Explorations

**Morning:**Trade the urban bustle for a relaxing day on the water, and enjoy a stress-free way to sightsee: On your second day in the region, grab breakfast and venture on a hop-on-hop-off-boat tour. Conveniently, numerous itineraries run south between Cologne and Linz am Rhein or Königswinter.

**Afternoon:**This tract of the Rhine is known for its castles, and traveling by boat makes discovering them simple. Disembark along the route to get closer to sights that interest you most. See the dramatic Drachenfels Castle, or explore the colorful, heritage architecture in Linz am Rhein.

**Evening:**On your way back to Cologne, hop off your vessel at Bonn. Known as the birthplace of Beethoven, the former West German capital is rich in heritage and history. Embark on an early evening, custom walking tour—and follow in the world-famous composer’s footsteps—before returning to Cologne.

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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
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$29.73
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Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route

Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route

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Revel in the beauty and history of one of Europe's great waterways with this hop-on/hop-off cruise pass on the romantic Rhine River. Admire passing scenery like legendary Loreley Rock and imposing castles while sipping a coffee or beer on deck, and customize your itinerary with 19 different stops at tiny medieval towns and bigger cities along the way. The pass is valid all day on the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine from Cologne to Linz and Koblenz to Mainz.
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  • 1 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.65
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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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$84.93
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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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$180.79
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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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$256.67
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$256.67
Price varies by group size

Discover Beethoven's birthplace: Bonn Private Walking Tour

Discover Beethoven's birthplace: Bonn Private Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Bonn in less than a couple of hours during this private walking tour of the city. The perfect way to help you get the most out of your time in the city, the tour is led by a private guide who focuses on your interests. You’ll hear the history of Bonn as you walk, learn about Ludwig van Beethoven (the city’s claim to fame), and find the must-see sights around Bonn’s handsome Old Town.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$188.07
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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
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