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How to Spend 2 Days in Cologne

How to Spend 2 Days in Cologne

The western German city of Cologne occupies a scenic spot on the banks of the River Rhine. With two days in this dynamic city, you’ll have enough time to hit the highlights, take a scenic river cruise, and taste traditional German beers. Here’s how to get the most out of 48 hours in Cologne. 

Day 1: Boat Cruises and Beer Tours

**Morning:**Get your bearings in Cologne with a ride on the double-decker hop-on hop-off bus, quickly covering top city landmarks including Gothic Cologne Cathedral and city hall. Travelers interested in a sightseeing cruise on the Rhine River may want to investigate tickets that combine the bus with a boat tour. 

**Afternoon:**See Cologne from the deck of a boat with a scenic river cruise. Choose a quick sightseeing cruise within the city, or venture farther afield and admire views of the Rhine River during a journey to a nearby town, taking in castles, vineyards, and churches on the riverbank along the way. 

**Night:**Spend your first evening sampling German craft beers during a night out in Cologne. Choose between history-focused walking tours that visit traditional pubs and pub crawls that include a lively evening of drinking and dancing. Follow your local guide to best experience the atmosphere of Cologne after dark.

Day 2: Cologne by Bike and Museum Time

**Morning:**Devote this morning to exploring Cologne by bike during a guided ride, getting a closer look at landmarks including the Hohenzollern Bridge and the Old Town. Themed bike tours are also available depending on the season, such as tours focused on the city’s Christmas lights.

 

**Afternoon:**Spend this afternoon exploring the Cologne museum that most interests you. Choose between the Chocolate Museum (bring your sweet tooth), the Farina Fragrance Museum, and, if you’re traveling with the family, the Odysseum science museum for kids. Save time and skip the line by purchasing priority access tickets in advance. 

**Night:**On your final evening in town, take to the Rhine River for a different perspective on  Cologne after dark. Choose between dinner cruises with an included buffet and sunset cruises with à la carte food and drink. Admire views of the illuminated landmarks, including the stunning Gothic Cologne Cathedral, and toast your time in the city. 

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Small-Group Bike Tour of Cologne with Guide

Small-Group Bike Tour of Cologne with Guide

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With its scenic waterfront, grand bridges, and UNESCO-listed Cathedral, Cologne offers an atmospheric backdrop for a cycling tour. This bike tour ensures that you maximize your time, exploring much further than a walking tour. The circuit takes in landmarks such as Cologne Cathedral, Hohenzollern Bridge, and the Rhine River, including plenty of photo stops along the way.
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English guided tour (other languages offered)

English guided tour (other languages offered)

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Learn how Eau de Cologne was first produced 300 years ago, by visiting Farina Fragrance Museum in Cologne. You'll avoid long lines by having a pre-booked ticket, and going on a guided tour will help make the most of your visit. Smell different fragrances, see the original arched cellar, learn about perfume production, and see rare historic items. A magnificent tour that helps you step back in time, and understand true craftsmanship.
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Skip the Line: The Chocolate Museum Cologne Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: The Chocolate Museum Cologne Entrance Ticket

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Guarantee your entry to Schokoladenmuseum (Chocolate Museum), one of Cologne’s top attractions, by booking your admission ticket in advance. A must-visit for all lovers of sweet treats, the Schokoladenmuseum takes you on a journey through the history of chocolate and promises to indulge your sweet tooth with hand-crafted chocolate. Purchasing your ticket before arrival means you’ll skip lines that are often in excess of one hour.
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