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Cologne: Panorama City Cruise Options

1. Cologne: Panorama City Cruise Options

1-Hour Panorama Cruise Journey through the charming city of Cologne and discover its sightseeing highlights from the water. Grab some snacks and drinks from the onboard bar and relax as you look out at Cologne’s historic landmarks and bridges. Get to know Cologne's Old Town, characterized by its beautiful churches and historic buildings. You'll also spot impressive modern buildings here and there, such as the Lindt chocolate museum. Admire the beautiful Cologne Cathedral and snap some photos from afar to capture the structure in all its glory. Sunday Brunch Cruise If you like brunch and love variety, then try Sunday brunch aboard a laidback boat cruise. You can come and enjoy brunch every first and third Sunday of the month from May to October, and on Easter, Mother’s Day and Whitsunday. Come on board and enjoy the fantastic buffet, which includes everything you need for a decent brunch. Receive a glass of sparkling Prosecco or tea or coffee as a welcome drink to start the cruise in style. Sit back and enjoy brunch with your friends or family. Enjoy the scenery as you pass by the beautiful Old Town and admire the fantastic views of the wonderful sights in the city. Combo: Rhine Cruise and Gold Menu at the Hard Rock Cafe Secure yourself the handy combination of a 1-hour panoramic boat cruise and a meal at the legendary Hard Rock Cafe Cologne. Only a few minutes’ walk separates the cult restaurant and the boat pier. You can decide whether you want to eat at the restaurant first and then enjoy the boat tour, or vice versa. Plan your memorable day in Cologne to your liking with the flexibility of having 5 daily departures to choose from. Visit the newly-renovated Hard Rock Cafe located in the city center, and skip the queue of people waiting to enter. Experience 40 years of rock history and admire the vast collection of valuable memorabilia such as Elvis’ sunglasses, Jimi Hendrix’s vest, or Bette Midler’s stage outfit. Enjoy an exclusive menu in a relaxed rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere. Receive priority seats and skip the line to kick start the party straight away. Pick up some unique Hard Rock souvenirs in the Rock Shop and enjoy the experience. Gold Menu Starter: Small House Salad Main Courses: -Twisted Mac & Cheese Pasta -Honey Mustard Chicken Sandwich -Veggie Leggie Burger -Legendary Burger -Chicken Caesar Salad Dessert: Lil Brownie Choice of Drink: Soft drinks, coffee, or tea Evening Cruise with All-Inclusive Buffet Dinner Experience an evening with friends, colleges or in a pair. Enjoy the buffet while gazing over the city panorama. All drinks, such as red, white and rose wine, beer and soft drinks are included. A DJ will be there on board. Evening Panorama Cruise Cologne has a special charm when the sunset passes over the sights. See the cathedral and the Rhein Bridge on this 2-hour cruise.

Düsseldorf: Boat Cruise on the Rhine

2. Düsseldorf: Boat Cruise on the Rhine

Düsseldorf has a lot to offer – not just the carnival. Get to know the sights in Düsseldorf aboard a superb river cruise. Discover Germany's city of fashion at its best as you relax on board. Admire the ruins of the city and be impressed by the panorama of the picturesque Old Town. Located at the cultural and commercial heart of the Rhineland, you will see plenty of life on the river banks as you cruise by. Sail from a central location in the city center, and see the lovely banks of the Rhine River in comfort. During the trip on the Rhine, you will get to admire some of the city's major landmarks and sights from the water. On board the boat, you can grab some snacks and drinks from the bar at reasonable prices.

Dortmund: BVB Signal Iduna Park Self-Guided Tour

3. Dortmund: BVB Signal Iduna Park Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour through the Signal Iduna Park, home to the famous German football team BVB. Your tour will start at Foyer West, where an instructor will explain to you how the tour works. They will send you on your way to the western tribune. This is a self-guided tour, meaning you will explore the stadium on your own, following the instruction signs. Throughout the route, you will learn more about the stadium, the club, and the players. The expected duration of the tour is 60 minutes. A tour highlight includes the "mix zone", the area where rival teams meet each other for the first time. The player's cabins, the player tunnel, and of course the actual field are also awaiting you to explore. While you are not allowed to step onto the field or touch the grass, you are allowed to sit on the coach's bench, breathing in the BVB spirit.

Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

4. 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!

DüsseldorfCard: Discount Tourist Card

5. DüsseldorfCard: Discount Tourist Card

Create your own itinerary in Düsseldorf with an affordable city card offering discounts of up to 100% at a host of participating museums and attractions. Enjoy unlimited use of the city's trams and buses, along with all surcharge-free RE, RB and S-Bahn trains within zone A of Düsseldorf city center to get from site to site. Benefit from reduced-price entry to a host of exhibitions and avail of leisure facilities included for the duration of your DüsseldorfCard.

Bonn: 1.5-Hour River Cruise on the Rhine

6. Bonn: 1.5-Hour River Cruise on the Rhine

Marvel at some of Bonn’s most important — and beautiful – sights on the 1.5-hour cruise down the mighty Rhine River. Gaze upon the former West German capital’s governmental district, complete with the Hammerschmidt Villa, the former residence of the president of the Federal Republic of Germany.  Continue cruising down the Rhine and you’ll reach Königswinter, an idyllic wine village at the food of the mighty Drachenfels. From there, you’ll have a perfect view of the Drachenburg Castle — a 19th-century palace so directly pulled from a fairytale that it’s hard to believe that it’s real. On the way back, sample some German snacks and refreshments from the concession stand as you sail down the Rhine and return to the pier from which you departed.

Legoland Discovery Center Oberhausen Ticket

7. Legoland Discovery Center Oberhausen Ticket

Oberhausen's most exciting indoor leisure attraction invites you to play and have fun, build and discover. With your admission ticket, you will experience a colorful and action-packed journey through Lego world, where your imagination and creativity knows no bounds. In Miniland, small explorers can marvel at the Ruhrgebiet in miniature form. Visit the 4D cinema, a world with many exciting surprises and fascinating special effects. At the Lego factory, anyone can make their own genuine Duplo stone and take it home as a souvenir. Also in the family attraction: the Lego Friends area, the Royal Adventure rides and the Merlin's Magic Student merry-go-round. On the 240-square-meter interactive pirate island, small explorers can go on a treasure hunt as pirates, conquering and capsizing ships. In the new City and Construction play area, huge skyscrapers meet cozy single-family houses and bring your dream city to life.

Cologne Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

8. Cologne Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt through Cologne. Download the smartphone app and get ready to begin. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring sites at your own pace. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answer questions, and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn exciting facts and create memories that you won’t forget. Discover another side to Cologne on this fun tour. Be sure to take photos of Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in northern Europe. If heights don’t phase you, then take a trip to the cathedral’s roofs to get a view over the city. Begin the activity any time, and visit Cologne Cathedral, Heinzelmännchenbrunnen, Josef-Kardinal-Frings-Denkmal, Historisches Rathaus, Old Market, Great St. Martin Church, Brunnen der Fischweiber, Der Pegelturm, Duftmuseum im Farina Haus, and more.

Cologne: Nostalgic Tour in German in Vintage Bus

9. Cologne: Nostalgic Tour in German in Vintage Bus

Immerse yourself in Cologne's past and enjoy a nostalgic journey through the city. Experience the 50s and 60s during this exciting journey through time. Board the vintage bus and be welcomed by your guide, who will be wearing a petticoat ‒ the famous fluffy skirt. See the city through the windows of an old Swiss postbus or a vintage bus from 1960 and experience a piece of the vivid past. Discover all aspects of Cologne after the reconstruction. Start near the cathedral, Cologne's landmark. Drive through the Gerlingsquartier, over the ring roads and through the Griechenmarktviertel until you arrive in the Südstadt. Get a glance at the picturesque Old Town before returning to the Komödienstraße close to the cathedral.

Cologne City Discovery Game

10. Cologne City Discovery Game

Discover Cologne as never before with this original interactive game experience. Using your cell phone, your challenge will start on the side portal of the Roman north gate CCAA in front of the cathedral’s main entrance. Simply open your e-mail link and your adventure will begin! Set off to explore Cologne as you solve 16 clues, with each correct answer taking you to the next location. As you proceed through the challenge, learn more about the history of the city and the local culture with fun facts. If you need a little helping hand, ask for hints to help you solve the clues. Take in some of Cologne's most beautiful sights, visit some of its oldest spots and find out things you never knew about the city. If you're looking for a fun way to experience the city, then this is a truly unique opportunity.

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What people are saying about North Rhine-Westphalia

I highly recommend this journey through time. It was an incomparable experience for my mother and me and especially the culmination - the train ride - was spectacular. We really got immersed in the Cologne of 1926 and it was very nicely done. Try it out and also with children, it's just beautiful. It would have been nice if the journey could have lasted much longer.

The experience was fantastic, coming from England. It is one of the best stadium’s I have ever been too. Everyone was really helpful and look after us . Next time around I would like to watch a game so if u have any free tickets I would love to come over .

It was an entertaining walk through Kaiserswerth. If you got stuck with a puzzle, you could request help and a viewpoint from the next station in the game. Very well done.

This is really an excitement tour, you can actually see how beautiful this city is. The best one on a river I ever saw until now.

The day was beautiful with good weather to enjoy the trip down the Rhine