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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.


  • 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

Louise E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This Cathedral has relics of the 3 Wise Men behind the main altar so it can be overlooked. The reliquary is fashioned as a golden house-like container. The Cathedral was a key structure for airplanes to maintain their orientation during WW II. Heavy military and police guard the Cathedral since the January 2016 terrorist activity. The visitation inside the Cathedral is randomly changed to prevent possible terrorist activity. I felt safe on my visit considering the changing belief systems in the world.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016


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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Not to miss from Frankfurt.

Yasmeen N

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

Almost excellent. Just the city tour bit in the hop on hop off bus was disappointing. Other wise very good and pretty informative.

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.

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