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Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

The Chocolate Museum is located in Cologne's old town, on the Rheinau harbor peninsula, surrounded by river on both sides. It can be easily recognized by the Malakoff Tower, which is located directly in front of the museum.   The museum houses a collection that traces 5,000 years of chocolate history. The 4,000-square-meter space contains exhibits that shed light on the origins and the culture of chocolate and how it has developed through centuries.  The treasure trove looks into pre-Colombian, Maya, and Aztec ways of using chocolate at the time when cocoa was a drink dedicated for Gods. From America cocoa travelled to Europe, where it became accessible only to wealthy classes. Cologne's Chocolate Museum will show you how chocolate became a treat for everyone and how media and advertising campaigns started spreading the news about this sweet snack.

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Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

2. Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

Enjoy some of Cologne’s harbors and their facilities with explanations from a knowledgeable local guide in German on this 3-hour harbor cruise. The tour on MS Rhein Cargo, MS Rheinland or MS Rheinperle examines the history of the Rheinau Harbor, offers insights into the Deutz Harbor and Mülheim Harbor and takes you into the container harbor Niehl, one of Germany’s largest inland harbors. During the tour your guide will offer you useful information and exciting anecdotes about Cologne's harbors, their history, dates and figures and you can observe the work in the harbor Niehl, a unique insight in the city.

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Cologne: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

3. Cologne: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Visit the fascinating cathedral city of Cologne and learn all about its 2000 years of history on a guided bike tour. Explore the city in an environmentally friendly way and ride through the Roman times to the Middle Ages up to the latest architectural developments. Along the way you’ll hear exciting anecdotes and fascinating historical facts on your journey of discovery though Germany’s oldest city. Explore Cologne on a route of approximately 15 kilometers and discover the most interesting places in the city along the way. Start at the Eigelsteintor, the medieval symbol of the northern old town, and ride past the Prussian Fort X and across the Zoobrücke. From here you can enjoy the fantastic views of Cologne’s skyline. Ride to the green area of the city, the right bank of Rheinpark, which was voted Germany’s most beautiful park in 2007. From the bridgehead of the Hohenzollern Bridge you will see the famous photo scene with the cathedral, the Crane Houses, and the many small towers. Stop on the historical steel bridge to see the love locks before heading to the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Museum Ludwig, and the world-famous cathedral. Relax at one of the breweries before exploring the winding streets of Martinsviertel. From here you'll cycle along the Rhine to Cologne’s newest and most exclusive area – the brand new Rheinauhafen. Its architectural highlights include the 3 Crane Houses, the Chocolate Museum, the Siebengebirgshaus, and the Wurstbude. Ride at a leisurely pace northward along the Rhine and admire the picturesque old town before returning to the starting point.

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Cologne Cathedral and Old Town Tour with 1 Kölsch

4. Cologne Cathedral and Old Town Tour with 1 Kölsch

Enjoy a historical tour of Cologne's old town and see interesting parts of the city while listening to interesting information about it. Be impressed by the outside of the Cologne Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   See the Alter Markt and walk along the Rhine with its picturesque views. Your tour guide is more than happy to show you around and provide you with exciting facts about the history and special culture of Cologne.  Hear about the Romans in Cologne and get some great survival tips for the city. Visit a traditional and rustic brewhouse and enjoy a beer with the group (Kölsch).

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Cologne: 3-Hour Südstadt Food Tour

5. Cologne: 3-Hour Südstadt Food Tour

Start your 3-hour walking tour at Chlodwigplatz, in the heart of the Südstadt. Learn some culinary facts about the district before enjoying your first taster. Hear about the history of the Südstadt as the walk continues. Stop for your second international gastronomical visit. Continue past cool second-hand shops, comic book stores, and the Mangal Döner, Lukas Podolski's latest project. Visit a Cologne brewery before stopping for a typical Cologne snack. Get more insider knowledge from your guide and hear the story of the House Balchem, St. Severin, and the wrong side of the Rhine. Savor another international delicacy and then end the tour with a sweet specialty.

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Cologne: Walking Tour with Brewery Visit & Beer Tasting

6. Cologne: Walking Tour with Brewery Visit & Beer Tasting

Explore Cologne with the perfect walking tour for beginners. Get an insight into the life in the famous cathedral city and experience the culture and traditions of Cologne. Stroll at leisure through Cologne's Old Town and learn interesting facts about its history which goes back thousands of years. Visit a brewery and sample the popular beer Kölsch or a refreshing soft drink and see where this regional beverage is produced. Learn everything about the famous carnival culture of the city and its origins. Hear the stories behind the city's houses and which information you can deduce from a building while you stroll past the cathedral, the town hall and along the Rhine.

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Amusing Stories of Cologne Walking Tour

7. Amusing Stories of Cologne Walking Tour

Do you know the saying "Köln ist ein Gefühl" (Cologne is a feeling)? All the odd stories and anecdotes, which the Cologne people love to tell — in most cases with a twinkle in the eye — are part of the typical mentality and they reflect why the Cologne people love their city. Did you know that Tünnes and Schäl have lived with their friend Jupp Engels in the small house with the address Alter Markt 24 for many years? Or what is it about the Kallendresser and the Platzjabbeck? Why do the inhabitants speak about "schäl Sick", when they mean the Cologne quarters on the eastern bank of the river Rhine? And how far the distance is between the old town and the moon? During a stroll from the cathedral to the historic city center, your guide will let you partake in the Cologne mentality and will give you some insight into the soul of Cologne and of the Cologne people.

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Cologne: 90-Minute Rheinauhafen Walking Tour

8. Cologne: 90-Minute Rheinauhafen Walking Tour

Even in ancient times, the river Rhine was the lifeline of the city of Cologne and during the Middle Ages, it was the source of the enormous wealth of the city. After a flood combined with an ice drift had destroyed the port facilities in front of Cologne’s city center and many ships in 1784, the city administration decided that building a safe port was inevitable. The former leisure island Werthchen was transformed into a harbor, fulfilling all requirements of the industrialization and the rapid growth of the city. During the 1970s, the importance of the Rheinauhafen as an industrial harbor decreased constantly, therefore a new concept for the port area was due. Ony your walking tour through the new Rheinauhafen, pass the Sport- und Olympiamuseum, the Kranhäuser, the so-called Siebengebirge and the Krafthaus. Learn about old and new buildings, the former and the current use of the buildings, and about the meaning of the chosen street names. The destination point of the tour is the so-called Siebengebirge in the southern part of Rheinauhafen.

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Cologne: 90-Minute Tour in German from Cathedral to Old Town

9. Cologne: 90-Minute Tour in German from Cathedral to Old Town

If you haven’t got enough time for a detailed city tour but would like to discover the most important sights and get to know more about the 2000-year-old city history, then this tour is perfect for you. Discover “Kölle janz flöck” – Cologne dialect for “Cologne very quickly.” Within 90 minutes, you will get to know the highlights of Cologne which has made it the major city of the Rhineland for 2000 years. See the Cologne Cathedral, Dionysus mosaic, City Hall and the old quarter. Listen to the stories about the famous people from Cologne and the Cologne way of life. Sample a delicious Kölsch, the city's famous beer.

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Cologne: Guided Tour of Lindenthal

10. Cologne: Guided Tour of Lindenthal

Discover Lindenthal on a guided tour of the area. This upscale neighborhoods in Cologne is a relatively new district of the city. It was founded from scratch in the middle of the 19th century, and it was intended that only few trading and industrial companies should settle in the new suburb. Today Lindenthal is characterized by the University of Cologne, the University Hospitals, and the park called Innerer Grüngürtel. On this 1.5-hour walking tour you’ll pass Geusenfriedhof, the oldest Protestant cemetery in the Rhineland, and the architecturally interesting church Christi Auferstehung, designed by Gottfried Böhm. During the tour you’ll learn startling details about the life of a Cologne adventurer from your knowledgeable guide, as well as other interesting stories. Your tour will end at Clarenbachkanal, a beautiful canal in the heart of Lindenthal.

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What people are saying about Rhine, Cologne

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This was a well laid out informative tour for children and adults alike. The best part was the end of the tour which leads guests into the chocolate shop which has such a wide array of chocolates.

Harbor tour was explained very interesting, funny and relaxed. Service very friendly and attentive. The next time we visit Cologne we will be there again but on a themed trip.

Great city tour with interesting anecdotes. Dieter gave us very friendly, knowledgeable and humorous information about Cologne. Very recommendable!

A beautiful harbor tour in the sunshine! You can sit open air or indoors.

Great place to visit! Lots of nice gifts of chocolate in the giftshop!!