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

Cologne, Germany
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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.
  • Explore Cologne on a hop-on hop-off bus, with a ticket valid for 24 hours
  • Create a personalized itinerary, hopping on and off at 16 city bus stops
  • Visit top Cologne attractions such as spectacular Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) and picturesque Old Town (Altstadt)
  • Admire Cologne from the water on a round-trip cruise along the Rhine River
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the cathedral and the Rheinauhafen with its crane tower-shaped buildings
  • Learn about the sights from the entertaining bus and boat commentary in a choice of languages
Get to know the city of Cologne and its top attractions on this entertaining and educational hop-on hop-off bus tour.

It all begins with a hop on at any of the 16 stops. Board one of the double-decker buses and enjoy the view with live and recorded audio commentary of interesting facts and stories from voices who knows this historic city inside and out. Learn about the past, present and future of Cologne as the bus rolls along from one location to the next. Hop off at any of the attractions for a closer look, then hop back on when it’s convenient, anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 7:20 p.m. on a loop around the city.

Visit popular sites like the famous Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s most-visited site, plus Cologne City Hall, Cologne's Old Town district, the bustling squares of Roncalliplatz, Alter Markt and Heumarkt, the Rheinauhafen district, the Chocolate Museum and much more. It truly is a fun and fast way to get to know the city of Cologne and the many amazing attractions it offers. 

In addition to the bus tour, enjoy a sightseeing cruise of the city from the legendary Rhine River. 

A sightseeing tour of Cologne has never been easier—or more fun—than this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Experience Cologne in this unique way.


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Confusing at stop one
, Oct 2019
There are not that many buses and you have to wait a long time if you get off. I had a paper voucher and the operator at the first stop would not accept it and sent me to the information desk. The nice lady at information informed me that they always do this and telephone KD and they in turned called the bus driver and I then was able to board and told to get off at stop three to validate my voucher for a bus ticket. Just need better be organized from stop one. P.S. Go to stop three and walk to riverfront to KD office to get your voucher validated, they will not tell you this. The bus ride itself was very nice and you get to see a lot of Cologne.
, Aug 2019
great boat ride and interesting sights to see, the hop on hop off is a fantastic value with educational information provided, in this case Cologne and specifically world war II
J Scott S
, Apr 2019
Very hard to find the place where you can redeem your voucher for the ticket. The German audio is so loud, you can barely hear another language in the earbuds - which won't stay in your ears anyway. Nothing interesting to see except the Old Town and Cathedral which you can do on you own in one visit. The top of the bus was nearly full, and sat in the lower deck in the shade. I guess most people agreed that there was nothing interesting to see, since no one got off or on during 12 of the 14 stops. The cruise is a bit better.
The bus tour was OK...finding the stops...
Matthew M
, Oct 2017
The bus tour was OK...finding the stops can be a little confusing. They are not the regular bus stops but the representative didn't give much instruction on what to look for. The buses only come every 30 minutes, so we waited quite a bit. One one bus, the commentary was only in German and my headset didn't work, but another bus had a much better guide who spoke German and English. Once on the bus, it takes you to most major landmarks and attractions you would want to visit. The river cruise made up for the shortcomings of the bus tour. We enjoyed it very much and also had commentary. Overall, I would recommend this experience.
If you do not get on at stop one you...
Sue P
, Oct 2017
If you do not get on at stop one you do not hear you are to tell the driver what stop you want to get off. Not that that matters if you only speak English! If you expect to be right near the sites when you get off a stop, sorry only three stops are near the attractions. At one stop I had to walk 20 minutes.
Good way to see the City. Too bad the...
Mary R
, Sep 2017
Good way to see the City. Too bad the head phones were working well.
We missed our free Viking port tour...
Margaret M
, Sep 2017
We missed our free Viking port tour so this tour was the only introduction to Cologne we had. We really enjoyed the boat tour...we were 3 minutes late trying to find the pier so they held the boat for us - thank you. The tour about the city was excellent. We saw the main sights, and we enjoyed the comentary.
It was okay. Hop on Hop off bus was...
, Sep 2017
It was okay. Hop on Hop off bus was okay. It's very hard to hear since the loud speaker was talking in German very loud and headphone was not very helpful. Boat ride was okay. Confortable, no announcement, just sightseeing. Only thing I found in Cologne interesting was Cathedral. Not much to see in Cologne.
We arrived at the office to pick up...
Daniel H
, Oct 2016
We arrived at the office to pick up our tickets only to find that the buses were not running. So we lost the most bey for the Hop on bus. You didn't give any indication on your site that the buses didn't run on Sundays. We're disappointed in the cruise which was very boring and we felt pressured to buy things in the dining room setting. Overall very disappointing
The cruise was lovely, well done and...
, Oct 2016
The cruise was lovely, well done and the narration was excellent - in English and in German. I was interested to see so many German tourists as well as people from all parts of the world taking this cruise. The hop-On Hop-Off bus tour - the first bus was excellent and the gal that did the narrating was excellent as well as the bus driver, The last bus driver - did not speak English, had a taped narration and was a bit crude since he did not know English. Plus he was late getting there.

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