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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 a guided tour. On the return trip to Frankfurt, discover the medieval old town of Limburg.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip from Frankfurt to Cologne
  • See Cologne's main sights on a double-decker bus sightseeing tour
  • Join a guided visit of Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the famous Cologne Christmas Markets in December!
  • Discover Cologne’s historic old town, see the River Rhine and visit Cologne's Town Hall
  • Enjoy free time for independent sightseeing and shopping

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What You Can Expect

Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt

Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt

This full-day adventure begins with a departure from central Frankfurt. Meet the guide and the rest of the group and take a 2-hour ride north to Cologne.

Upon arrival in Cologne, hop on a double-decker bus for a sightseeing tour of the city. Continue on to Cologne’s Old Town to see the busy breweries, pubs and restaurants and admire the Renaissance architecture and rustic, narrow alleyways lined with traditional old houses. Visit the bustling squares of Roncalliplatz, Alter Markt and Heumarkt. See Cologne City Hall, famous for its loggia, which is often used as an example of one of the most typical buildings of the Renaissance era. Other highlights include the Romanesque Catholic Great St. Martin Church and the Romano-Germanic Museum, an archaeological museum with a large collection of Roman artifacts.

After the bus tour, experience a guided tour of a landmark Gothic masterpiece, the incredible Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s most-visited site and one of its most striking Gothic monuments. This Roman Catholic cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and an UNESCO World Heritage Center. 

After exploring this magnificent place of worship, use some free time to explore the city's historic old town, eat lunch and peruse the local shops. Then begin the return trip to Frankfurt, with a brief stop in the medieval old town of Limburg. 

Customer Reviews

jfrieze

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

One word, EXCELLENT

Weldon K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great trip

Eduard K USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

very good tour

Mario S Malta

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

A great day trip to this lovely city with its enormous Cathedral. We had time enough for personal sightseeing, and visiting the Cathedral at our leisure. The stop in Limburg on the way back to Frankfurt was a pleasant break, and a chance to see an untouched medieval town.

DEBASIS G Kuwait

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Not to miss from Frankfurt.

Abdul Samad Oman

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

This was a good tour and the group was very small. The tour guide was able to take care of individual customers in a good manner.

Leigh Ann F

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Town has lots to see and is worth the 2hr drive. Unfortunstely our driver was new and his first time taking a group to Cologne. He was very nice but not prepared/trained enough to lead an organized/informative trip.

James K

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

Fabulous cathedral and interesting city. We travelled in a van as a small group late May on a beautiful day. The open top bus is a 1.5 hour trip which all of the group found too long, you go out of the main tourist area and we felt it would have been better spent in the old town area. Guide was extremely chatty and hadn't done this tour in many years so didn't know where toilets were etc. Limburg was a great surprise, a quaint town lovely to walk through and we were lucky there was an ordination of priests occurring at the cathedral so we witnessed a great ceremony. Skip the sandwich and drink box and buy yummy local food. Great day overall, different for us going high speed on the autobahns.

Duane M

4 star rating: Recommended November 2012

Peter was a great tour guide. Cologne was a much bigger city than I had expected but the city bus tour was a great way to get the big picture of the city. We loved it!!!

FRANK F

4 star rating: Recommended October 2012

A friendly guide, an impressive cathedral, dramatic new architecture in a city that was almost destroyed during the war, what is there
not to like.

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