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Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Visit the beautiful city of Cologne on this guided, full-day sightseeing tour from Frankfurt. Enjoy a scenic 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.
  • Full-day trip from Frankfurt to Cologne
  • See Cologne's main sights on a double-decker bus sightseeing tour
  • Independent visit of Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 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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Cologne double-decker bus sightseeing tour
Admission fees for Tower Climb and Treasure Chamber of the Cologne Cathedral (approx. 6.00 euros)
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Wiesenhüttenpl. 38 , Wiesenhüttenpl. 38, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Departure is at 09:30 am at the bus stop in front of the Le Meridien Hotel, Wiesenhuettenplatz 38 in Frankfurt

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
This full-day adventure begins with a departure from central Frankfurt. Meet your guide and the rest of the group and travel 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, visit the 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 a 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 (own expense) and peruse the local shops. Then begin the return trip to Frankfurt, with a brief stop in the medieval old town of Limburg.
Stop At:  
ETS Touristik GmbH
This morning we start from our departure offices for a ride over the highway to Cologne. The road is one of the most important traffic links between the Federal States of Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia. Time enough to chat with your guide on German infra-structure. Although we are moving between two of Germany's strongest industrial zones, the country is green. Left and right the road are many forest areas and expansive fields.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cologne Cathedral
Upon arrvial in Cologne your guide has tickets for you to go first on a doubedecker city tour. The 2000 year old city offers countless historical sights and is nowadays a vibrant comsmopolitan metropolis. The roundtrip will give you a brief overwiew: the old town with its busy breweries, pubs and restaurants, the small old market places,the traditional old houses along the river banks, churches and renowned museums (among them the Romano-Germanic Museum, with a large collection of Roman artefacts. Cologne was founded by the ancient Romans). The Ludwig Museum of Modern Art counts among the leading European galleries. Various shopping lanes offer a large variety of bargains , also in smaller local shops and boutiques. Time for a visit of the breathtaking Gothic Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site and the absolute climax of this excursion. Marvel the golden Shrine of the Three Magi and the magnificent church window of Gerhard Richter. Afterwards, use you free time to explore the city on your own.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Limburg Cathedral
On our way back we will do a stopover in Limburg. The old bishop's residence is not well known among visitors from abroad. You'll be surprised by the cute and well preserved medieval center und the wonderful cathedral. Via highway back to Frankfurt.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Infants and children must sit in a child seat, which means they need a separate seat, no matter which age (legal regulation)
  • We can only carry foldable wheelchairs with us.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY ETS-Frankfurt
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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天翼 徐
, Aug 2019
It is a big city, so you gotta walk fast to see as much as you can. We also visited the chocolate factory, which would be a very cool experience if you have kids.
Cologne Day Trip
kevin j
, Aug 2019
First, the office is in a not so good part of the city. The kind of place where you hang onto your bag tight and keep your hands in your pockets. We took the trip with another family and their children. The driver must have been a retired race car driver. I didn’t know vans could go that fast and the ride was not relaxing at all. Constantly switching lanes, speeding up and braking. It’s a 2 hour ride of this driving. The city of cologne was nice, only thing we did was get dropped off for the city sightseeing bus tour, handed a sandwich and a bottle of water with the label torn off. Did the 1 1/2 bus tour, went into the cathedral for a tour which our driver was yelled at for doing a tour without permission. Got back on our van and went for another crazy ride to Lindburg. Short tour to the church vis the old town and was given a 1/2 hr to look around. Got back in for a crazy ride back to Frankfurt and done. Wouldn’t do this tour again. The other family stated they were sick from our drivers driving habits. Wear your seatbelt and just close your eyes while on the autobahn with him.
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Expected a large group - wife and I...
Mark K
, Jan 2018
Expected a large group - wife and I the only persons immediately after Christmas. Great driver with knowledge of the German landscape and culture. His background made him a great conversationalist for the long car ride. Unaware that he would put us on a bus in Cologne for a city tour but it turned out fine.
I was disappointed with this tour...
Cesar C
, Jan 2018
I was disappointed with this tour. I wanted to visit Cologne primarily because of its famous cathedral. I was initially planning to go on my own by train but I saw this tour on Viator which INCLUDED a GUIDED tour of the interior of the church. When we got to Cologne, we did the hop on/hop off bus tour of the city then we were given some free time to tour the church on our own. I was expecting a guided tour and was not prepared to tour the church on my own. I did not know where to go to see the relics of the 3 Kings and did not read up on the church. I felt that I missed out on a lot because of this. The tour company should realize that many will be joining this tour primarily to see the cathedral and they should be clear if an interior tour is included or not. For the price that I paid, I felt I was cheated.
It did not take place as I was the...
Carin S
, Dec 2017
It did not take place as I was the only one who booked for it so I was transferred to the Baden Baden and Strassbourg day trip which turned out to have been super - and the guide Peter was great.
Bus trip in Cologne was boring but...
Greg Barr
, Aug 2017
Bus trip in Cologne was boring but the cathedral was incredible. The stop in Limburg was also fantastic! Richard the guide was fun and helpful.
Our tour guide Boris was great and the...
Lisa M
, Apr 2017
Our tour guide Boris was great and the Cathedral is amazing! Worth the visit.
I was supposed to travel to Cologne...
Natalia R
, Apr 2017
I was supposed to travel to Cologne by bus, but since there were no other bookings that day, I was provided a town car and driver. I would have preferred to been notified prior to the day of the trip, however having the personal attention of the driver was excellent for my guest and I.
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Almost excellent. Just the city tour...
Yasmeen N
, Jan 2017
Almost excellent. Just the city tour bit in the hop on hop off bus was disappointing. Other wise very good and pretty informative.
Cologne seems to be a very...
, Oct 2016
Cologne seems to be a very interesting city with a marvelous cathedral. However I had a guide not that good, apparently inexperienced, that converted tour in a complicated experience. He did not provide any information about city, did not include restroom break on the journey, prioritized bus citysighseing instead of going directly to cathedral could not see it entirely, was closing, could not find easily hotel booked for part of tour guests, completely forgot to give our lunch sandwiches remembered at 16:30, after visiting cathedral asked what we would like to see in Cologne instead of giving us a tour around city I was expecting guide to tell me what to see, but we didn't see much. Finally on way back he got stuck and blocked on the road due to a car crash and because of this we could not visit Limburg as scheduled and tour ended one hour delayed OK, not his fault but ruined tour.
This Cathedral has relics of the 3 Wise...
Louise E
, Sep 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.
This was a good tour and the group...
, Jul 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.
Town has lots to see and is worth...
, Jun 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.
The tour just only one stop at...
, Feb 2015
The tour just only one stop at Catholic church in Cologne, no other place to stop but we can have few hours stop by in Limburg small town on the way backvto frankfurt. The tour guide is our driver mr Roberto is quite good so far.
A great day trip to this lovely city...
Mario S
, Jul 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.
Fabulous cathedral and interesting...
, Jun 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.
. Places visited and tour guide were...
, Jun 2013
. Places visited and tour guide were good. . We found that it is cheaper to book from the tour company than through Viator. . Our trip to Cologne should be on 31 May. But, the Tour company changed it to 30th May. He switched it with Black Forest and Strasbourg and it was raining throughout the trip. . Boss of Tour company not friendly
Peter was a great tour guide...
Duane M
, Nov 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!!!
A friendly guide, an impressive...
, Oct 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.
Visita muito interessante que valeu a...
Miriam R
, May 2014
Visita muito interessante que valeu a penaser feita.

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