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How to Spend 3 Days in Cologne

How to Spend 3 Days in Cologne

From boat trips to pub crawls, Cologne offers plenty of entertainment. Bike through different neighborhoods, sample craft beer, go museum-hopping, and more. Here’s how to make the most of three days in this German cultural hub on the Rhine River. 

Day 1: Museum visits and dinner cruises

Find your bearings in Cologne with an introductory tour. For maximum flexibility and easy transportation, purchase a hop-on hop-off bus pass that stops at popular attractions such as the Cologne Cathedral and City Hall—or opt for a combo bus/boat package. Alternatively, hit the streets on a group or private walking tour through the historical Old Town. Later, check out some of Cologne’s excellent museums, such as the Farina Fragrance Museum, the Chocolate Museum, and the Odysseum science museum (perfect for kids). In the evening, savor views of the city on a sunset or dinner cruise along the Rhine. 

Day 2: Bike tours and beer crawls

Enjoy the fresh air and cover ground more quickly on the back of a bike. Following a local guide, marvel at landmarks such as the Hohenzollern Bridge while exploring different districts. Themed rides (e.g. a tour of the city’s best Christmas lights) are on offer seasonally. Then, get a taste of German beer culture while learning about Cologne’s history as you stroll among traditional pubs and sample a variety of microbrews. Or, go for a guided pub crawl that includes nightclub entry.

Day 3: Photo tours and day trips

Delve into your creative side with a photography-themed tour. Join a local photographer for tips on topics such as perspective and composition, as you wander around the city center snapping photos. Alternatively, venture beyond Cologne on a day trip—perhaps a sightseeing journey to Königswinter with views of castles, vineyards, and churches along the way. For more flexibility, buy a hop-on hop-off boat pass, getting off wherever you like along the Rhine—towns such as Linz, Koblenz, and Mainz make scenic stops. 

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Cologne Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Cologne Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Trade a traditional guided tour of Cologne for a personalized walking tour based on a new travel concept. Meeting up with a Lokafyer guide is like having a friend to show you around Cologne, from the coolest neighborhoods to the places locals actually eat. Since you’ll connect with the guide to talk or chat before the tour, you can customize the experience to your preferences and interests.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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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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  • 3 hours
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English guided tour (other languages offered)
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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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  • 45 minutes
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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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  • 1 to 2 hours
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