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Cologne & Limburg Full-Day Tour

1. Cologne & Limburg Full-Day Tour

Visit Cologne for a day and discover 2000 years of its history, from the Roman times through to the Middle Ages, to the bustling metropolis that exists today. This tour shows you some of the city's most ancient relics, its grand Gothic cathedral, and enduring icons of culture from across the centuries. Once you meet your group in central Frankfurt, take a ride across the countryside for your visit to Germany's fourth-largest city. A double-decker bus takes you to see the site of the Roman Praetorium and the famous Dionysus mosaic at the Romano-Germanic Museum, as well at the mighty city gates and fantastic churches that offer an insight into the former medieval city life. When you take some time out for lunch, walk through the city's central pedestrian areas to experience the lively and vibrant atmosphere that makes Cologne a hotspot of art, culture, and modern life. Take a look at the grand Cathedral of Cologne, which took more than 600 years to complete. In the afternoon, make a stop in the town of Limburg an der Lahn to see its beautiful old bridges and medieval houses before you return to Frankfurt.

From Brussels: Tour of Cologne and Postcard Town of Monschau

2. From Brussels: Tour of Cologne and Postcard Town of Monschau

After a drive to the German border, you'll reach the beautiful landscapes of the Eifel mountain region and make the first stop at Monschau,  a small, historic town in the German Eifel mountain region. The narrow, cobblestoned streets and traditional half-timbered houses have made this charming place one of the main tourist attractions of the region. During your free time in the cozy alleys, you can taste and buy the local Aachner Printen. Next, it's time to head to the vibrant city of Cologne. Cologne has so much to offer. After lunch, you'll start the walk in the heart of the old city. Some of the highlights of the tour include the cathedral, the City Hall, the Roman walls, the banks of the Rhine and the world famous Eau de cologne 4711. Then there will be free time in the shopping streets of the old town. Don't forget to try the famous 'Kolsch' beer before you leave.

Cologne: 11-City-Highlights Scavenger Hunt

3. Cologne: 11-City-Highlights Scavenger Hunt

A modern city rally awaits you, during which you will tackle tricky puzzles whilst uncovering interesting information. From the very first task, you will be already immersed in a world full of hidden clues and mysterious hints. You'll actively communicate with each other, getting closer to each other as you enrich your peers with your knowledge. You decide when you start and finish your adventure, completely independent of travel guides and groups. To participate, you only require a smartphone with an active internet connection. After you redeem your voucher for this city quest on the homepage, your guides will immediately send you a start link via mail. From there you can start the scavenger hunt by accessing the link through your smartphone. You will follow the route that takes you from one showplace to the next, answering clever questions and solving tricky puzzles on the way. During this tour, you will visit sights such as the Cologne Cathedral, Hohenzollern Bridge, the Roman-Germanic Museum, Town Hall Square, the Fragrance Museum, as well as other Cologne attractions. If you have trouble solving a task, you can use the system to get multiple clues and even display the correct answer. Of course, you are free to use the internet as a source of knowledge. At the end of each task you will receive exciting information and entertaining stories about the relevant sight.

Cologne Scavenger Hunt: Smartphone City Challenge

4. Cologne Scavenger Hunt: Smartphone City Challenge

Learn what makes Cologne unique in an exciting way and enjoy interesting photo ops or unconventional riddles at famous sights with your team. Equipped with a roadbook, emergency pack and internet access, set off on the "Smartphone City Challenge" without wasting any time on long introductions, technical difficulties or errors in understanding. The course of the game is self-explanatory once you're on site, but beware: calls and assistance will be noted and points will be deducted accordingly. After a short greeting, get your group's action pack (messenger bag with team or company name upon request) including: roadbook with all the challenges, photos, activities, information, game directions, etc., an emergency pack with card and life line card, a team card (ID card for challenges), a pen and a decoder assistant. Go on a scavenger hunt through Cologne's Old Town and learn about the history of Cologne with the help of photos, coded messages and questions, leading you on an unconventional route through the city. Pass picturesque areas and romantic corners on the search for sights on the ultimate challenge.  Teams must use strategy to solve one riddle after the other; tactical roles are assigned to each member (e.g. navigator, etc.) to optimize their abilities. The tour ends at a point of your choosing and you can enjoy a local beer as the points are tallied and the awards are given.

From Cologne: Private Hoensbroek Castle Tour with Pickup

5. From Cologne: Private Hoensbroek Castle Tour with Pickup

Visit Hoensbroek Castle on a private guided tour from Cologne. See one of the largest and most beautiful castles in the Netherlands and sit back and relax in your private car, leaving the hustle and bustle of large group tours behind. Be picked-up at your accommodation in Cologne and set off on your Dutch adventure. Climb the almost 200-foot-high fortified medieval lookout tower of the castle for impressive views of the surrounding landscape. Feel shivers run down your spine in the dungeon, where one cell still exists. Hoensbroek Castle altered its shape and style throughout the centuries of its existence, and most of its current design comes from the 17th and 18th centuries. Marvel at its tall towers and water-filled moat. Save time with skip-the-line tickets to save you time and to get the most out of the trip. Follow your guide around the castle grounds and learn about the rich history of the sight. Walk through the full equipped interiors, complete with furniture, paintings, sculptures, and various everyday objects. Experience what life was like in the castle in the Middle Ages and later from the perspective of the owners, as well as numerous servants. Then, head back to Cologne for a relaxing evening.

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What people are saying about North Rhine-Westphalia

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 265 reviews

The tour guide was brilliant, knowledgeable and obviously passionate about what he does. Even though we had a dreadful woman on our walking tour of Cologne who kept stopping to have selfies in front of everything causing him to be constantly looking for her as she kept getting lost from the group and repeating himself he maintained his composure(I definitely couldn’t if I was in his shoes) and stayed warm and approachable. If you’re going in winter make sure you wrap up as it was absolutely freezing in Monschau.

Good vehicle and driver. Knowledgeable and helpful guide. Tour is private so it can be customized.

The driver drove very well and the guide was very professional