3 Days in Cologne: Suggested Itineraries

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Roman walls, medieval churches and the curving arcs of the railway bridge – more than two millennia of history and architecture come together in Cologne. The twin spires of the cathedral dominate the charming Altstadt, the best place to take a follow-your-nose wander to beer halls and taverns.

Day 1: Medieval Churches


Where else to begin your journey through Cologne than the glorious Kölner Dom, the city’s twin-spired cathedral that miraculously escaped unscathed from the bombing raids of World War II. Packed with art treasures, work first began on the building in 1248 and wasn’t complete until 1880. Inside, the building is a symphony of light and space thanks to the flying buttresses, stained-glass windows and richly carved choir stalls. Many other medieval churches fill the old city, including turreted Gross St. Martin above Fischmarkt and the lovely church of St. Ursula. For a view of Cologne’s towers from the Rhine, take an atmospheric afternoon or evening dinner cruise.

Day 2: Cologne Museums


Cologne is a cultural gem, and not only because of its churches. See sculptures, tombs, mosaics, ruins and entire bits of wall from Roman times at the Roman-German Museum. Trace the history of art by admiring the Wallraf-Richartz Museum’s collection of Dutch masters, medieval treasures at the Museum Schnütgen, and 20th century and postmodern art at the Museum Ludwig. Cologne’s history is unraveled at the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, the city’s Third Reich experience at EL-DE Haus, and gorgeous textiles and designs are displayed at the Museum of Applied Arts.

Day 3: Cologne Cuisine

There’s much more to Cologne’s dining and wining scene than raucous beer halls with oompah-pah bands and sauerkraut – though there’s a lot to be said for spending a night drinking arm-in-arm with your neighbors at a tavern. The local beer is called Kölsch, and the food you’ll encounter in beer halls and regional restaurants includes hearty blood sausage, potato pancakes with apple sauce, and open sandwiches on pumpernickel bread. Step outside the beer taverns and the world is your oyster, from Japanese sushi and Middle Eastern falafel to crepes, pizza and pasta.
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Cologne Christmas Sunday Brunch Cruise

Enjoy festive celebrations in the heart of Germany on this 2.5-hour Christmas Sunday brunch cruise in Cologne. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat in Cologne’s Old Town, and enjoy a welcome drink of sparkling wine or orange juice. Cruise out onto the Rhine River as Christmas music fills the air. Gaze over top attractions such as the UNESCO–listed Cologne Cathedral, the bustling Old Town and the marina of Rheinauhafen. Sit down to a delicious buffet brunch of eggs, cold meats, pasta, and fish as the city drifts slowly past outside.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt

Visit the beautiful city of Cologne on this guided, full-day sightseeing tour from Frankfurt. Enjoy a scenic, 2-hour drive north to Cologne, then hop on a double-decker bus to see many of this 2,000-year-old city’s top attractions. Pass by the Romanesque Catholic Great St. Martin Church, bustling Roncalliplatz, the historic Alter Markt square, Cologne City Hall and much more. Then visit the Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s most-visited site, for an independent tour. On the return trip to Frankfurt, discover the medieval old town of Limburg.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe Cologne Including Meal

Enjoy a 2- or 3-course meal with a little rock’n’roll heritage on the side on this 2-hour skip-the-line Hard Rock Cafe visit in Cologne. Head to the famous Hard Rock Cafe in the heart of Cologne and beat the queues with your skip-the-line entry ticket to head straight inside. Take a seat and admire music memorabilia including Elvis Presley’s sunglasses, Kiss’ bass guitars and Hendrix's vest. Enjoy classic dishes such as honey-mustard chicken sandwich or hickory-smoked bbq ribs with a drink. Upgrade your ticket to choose from the 3-course menu.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Cologne Sightseeing Cruise

Admire beautiful Cologne from the water on a 1-hour 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Cologne City Highlights

Visit the beautiful city of Cologne on this private, guided, 2-hour sightseeing tour. Enjoy personalized attention while learning about the history of the city, a landmark of High Gothic architecture set amidst the reconstructed Old Town. See the Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s most-visited site, the Romanesque Catholic Great St. Martin Church, plus visit bustling Roncalliplatz, the historic Alter Markt square and much more. A Cologne hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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