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Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

Awaiting the visitors is a walk-in tropical house, natural history information on cocoa, exhibits from the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America, an important porcelain and silver collection from the Baroque period, as well as numerous old machines from the time of industrialisation. In a glass chocolate factory and in the chocolate atelier, visitors can experience how chocolate products are made industrially, but also individually by hand. And: there is a 3-meter-high chocolate fountain in which 200 kg of delicious chocolate constantly bubble up for tasting. Tasting is expressly encouraged!

Cologne: Melaten - The Cemetery Tour

2. Cologne: Melaten - The Cemetery Tour

Wander through Melaten Cemetery in Cologne and see the tombs of the city's most prominent personalities on a walking tour. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and rich history of the large park with a guide. Discover a place of silence embedded in a beautiful park with incomparable flora and fauna in the middle of Cologne. Visit the Melaten cemetery and stroll through the complex, which has an area of over four hundred thousand square meters and around 55,000 gravesites. Enjoy moments of peace and quiet during the guided tour and experience how close love, death, and suffering as well as art culture are to each other. Learn interesting facts and curiosities about historical personalities and impressive tombs and monuments and visit the former "Leprosenanstalt".

Dortmund: German Football Museum

3. Dortmund: German Football Museum

In this modern exhibition with around 1,600 exhibits, embark on a fascinating journey into the past and experience football history in all its facets and with all your senses. Meet the world champions of 2014 in the 3D cinema, and become a commentator yourself in the reporter's cabin. On the small playing field in the multifunctional arena, the little ones can prove that they can kick a ball just like the adults. The spectacular scenography will unite fans and referees, amateurs and professionals and women's and men's football. Discover an interactive world of adventure for young and old alike at the German Football Museum.

Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

4. Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

Discover some of Cologne’s harbors and their facilities on a harbor cruise. Listen to interesting facts about how the harbor functions from your local guide en route. Sit back and relax as you take in the sights from the water, as you make your way in and out of harbors like the Niehl container harbor—one of Germany's largest inland ones. Become a pro at the history of the Rheinau Harbor, hear fascinating insights about the Deutz and Mülheim harbors, and head into the Niehl container harbor, one of Germany’s largest inland harbors on this cruise. During your cruise, listen as your guide offers information and exciting anecdotes about Cologne's harbors, their history, dates, and figures.

Duisburg: Expertly Guided Schimmi Tour with Currywurst

5. Duisburg: Expertly Guided Schimmi Tour with Currywurst

For fans of Horst Schimanski, alias Schimmi, experience an incredible two hours visiting the most important filming locations in the harbor area of Duisburg-Ruhrort. More than 12,000 fans from all over Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have already followed the traces of Schimmi and admired his adventures from the famous "Tatort" TV series. Your guides are specialists in anecdotes of Schimmi and know, for example, why the TV character of Schimanski was so widely discussed in Germany and why he is still so admired today. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasting of one of Schimanski’s favorite meals, currywurst (German curried sausage).

Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Guided Tour - Famous Personalities

6. Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Guided Tour - Famous Personalities

Visit Cologne's time-honored celebrity cemetery and learn more about the former entrepreneurs, bankers, actors or politicians, who found their last resting place at Melaten Cemetery. Learn interesting details from the lives of many personalities, who were considered famous during their lifetime and many of whom are still well-known today. The central axis of the cemetery isn't called Million Avenue for nothing. Admire the different tombs, stroll through the park-like complex and enjoy this special place of quietness and remembering.

Düsseldorf: Guided Tour with a Night Watchman

7. Düsseldorf: Guided Tour with a Night Watchman

Experience Düsseldorf from a different perspective as you join a night watchman at the end of the day and take a stroll through the historical Altstadt (Old Town). Venture down the romantic lanes and see the streets and buildings illuminated after dark by the glow of the atmospheric lanterns.  Follow a guide equipped with a hand lantern, horn and halberd, as in days of old, and admire his typical gown and costume. Listen intently to interesting tales and hear juicy details of the customs and everyday life of the olden days. When the watchman cries, ‘Hark, ye folks," it is time to explore!

Cologne: Kölsch Beer and Brew House 2-Hour Tour

8. Cologne: Kölsch Beer and Brew House 2-Hour Tour

Learn more about the beer culture of Cologne on a 2-hour guided tour of the historic city center. See famous monuments along the way, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cologne Cathedral. Venture into the Alter Markt to locate some of the finest brew houses in the city, and learn more about the open-minded and passionate attitude of the city's residents. Hear about their drinking rituals and why beer has become such a special culture in the city. Get insider tips to make more of your time in Cologne and visit popular venues such as the Hennes am Dom and Heinzelmännchenbrunnen brew houses. Hear about the small kiosk stores known as büdchen, often converted from colorful former shipping containers.

Cologne: Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

9. Cologne: Old Town Highlights Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the historic old town of Cologne and start your walking tour of some of the city's most famous highlights. Marvel at the towering Cologne Cathedral. Discover the ancient myths, legends, and biblical figures incorporated into its Gothic facade. Journey further back in time and visit a Roman villa with a preserved mosaic floor, Roman tomb, and parts of Roman palace buildings. Walking around the Roman-Germanic Museum, you'll see detailed relics from Cologne's Roman period. Walk across the top of the subterranean Cologne Philharmonic Hall, where you'll visit a Holocaust memorial. Then, make your way to Hohenzollern Bridge to take in panoramas of the old town and the futuristic new harbor district. A stroll along the Rhine then leads you to the largest Romanesque church in Cologne. Wander through ancient alleyways to the city's oldest marketplaces and to the Historic Town Hall. End your tour back at Cologne Cathedral and its fairy tale fountain.

Cologne: Guided Highlights Tour with a Local

10. Cologne: Guided Highlights Tour with a Local

Embark on a walking tour in the historic city center of Cologne with a local guide who will show you the city highlights and provide you with ideas and tips for your stay. Experience the special flair of a city that is 2,000 years old. Step into local life as you explore the streets of Cologne with a local by your side. See the Gothic Cathedral, discover the impressive Dionysos mosaic next door, and pass the Museum Ludwig of Modern Art on your way to the river. Stroll along the banks of the Rhine, then walk through the narrow cobbled lanes of the former merchants’ quarter around St. Martin’s church to the spacious Alter Markt (Old Market Square) and the City Hall. 

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What people are saying about North Rhine-Westphalia

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4.8 / 5

based on 1,147 reviews

The staff were friendly and helpful. Even though the instructions indicate that no big bags are allowed. I was with a suitcase and they offered to leave it at the reception. From football history of the Germany national team to Bundesliga history, the museum has everything you'd like to know or remember as a soccer fun. I enjoyed the 3D Bundesliga show.

Great tour to see the highlights of the City in a relatively short time period. Be prepared to “workout” a bit as you ride through the City. We were a small group of 3 (another couple and me) with the tour guide, which made it much more personable and provided more time for us to ask plenty of Qs about what was being shared. Well worth it.

Sasha was extremely personable and knowledgeable. his English is very good and he often has jokes to accompany the information at each site. Meeting him was a joyful highlight of our trip!

Eine sehr kurzweilige, informative Tour, die ich nur empfehlen kann. Auch für Menschen aus der Region gibt es Neues zu erfahren.

Very pleasant experience, interesting info, nice walk