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Bonn: 1.5-Hour River Cruise on the Rhine

1. 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.

Cologne: 3-Hour Südstadt Food Tour

2. 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.

Cologne: Nostalgic Tour in German in Vintage Bus

3. 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.

Bonn: Private Walking Tour

4. Bonn: Private Walking Tour

Embark on a guided walking tour that brings to life more than 2,000 years of history of the former capital of Germany, Bonn. On this private tour, you will discover the well-known sights as well as the hidden gems and stories of the city. Meet your guide on the market square in front of the historic town hall. Admire this impressive building with its decorated rococo facade that has witnessed numerous historical events. Hear about the heads of state were received here, such as John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, and Bill Clinton. Immerse yourself in the history of the city as you walk through the old market square. Learn of the rich history of this central meeting point which was important for trading, but also a site of witch burnings, executions, and book burnings. See the main city highlights such as the Bonn Minster, the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as many other historical and more modern places and squares. Accompanied by your local guide, discover unknown and exciting details of the old town and get insider tips about the wider Bonn region. Learn about the history of the regional wine-growing areas along the romantic Rhine. Your guide will also share stories about the cultural, political, and current situation of Bonn and its special significance as a federal city and former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Bonn Regio WelcomeCard with Guidebook

5. Bonn Regio WelcomeCard with Guidebook

Discover Bonn and the surrounding area the affordable and easy way with the Bonn Regio WelcomeCard. Explore the city on your own, ride the public transport for free, get free admission to over 20 museums, and enjoy other discounts. Visit the following attractions and sights in Bonn and the surrounding area: Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany: one exhibition free of charge Kunstmuseum Bonn: 50% discount on admission Haus der Geschichte (House of History): free admission Museum Koenig: 50% discount on admission Deutsches Museum: €4 discount on adult fee/€6 discount on family ticket LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn: €4 discount on adult fee/€6 discount on family ticket Max Ernst Museum: reduced ticket Adenauer-Haus: free admission Bonn Egyptian Museum: free admission Academic Art Museum: 10% discount on admission Arithmeum: free admission Arp Museum: 50% discount on admission August-Macke-Haus: reduced price ticket for €6 Beethoven-Haus: 10% discount on admission Beethoven Orchestra: welcome package with all tickets Bonner Kunstverein: free admission Burg Wissem: admission for €3.50 Bonn Women’s Museum: free admission Rheinbach Glass Museum: free admission Heimatmuseum Altwindeck: 20% discount on admission Brühl Castle: 50% discount on admission Drachenburg Castle: reduced admission Schumann House Music Library: free admission Siebengebirgsmuseum in Königswinter: 50% discount on admission Siegberg City Museum: free admission City Museum and Ernst Moritz Arndt House: 50% discount on admission Bonn city tour: reduced price ticket Drachenfels Railway: 20% discount Fragrance Museum in Cologne: up to 50% discount ITour: 1 euro discount Chocolate Museum in Cologne: reduced price ticket Spielbank Bad Neuenahr: reduced admission Sauna Park Siebengebirge: 10% discount Bonner Personen Schiffahrt (boat ride): 30% discount KD Köln Düsseldorfer (boat ride): 20% discount Personenschiffahrt Siebengebirge (boat ride): 20% discount Brauhaus Bönnsch: 1 Bönnsch for lunch Stattreisen Bonn Erleben (city tour): 25% discount Fischereimuseum Bergheim an der Sieg: free admission Willy-Brandt-Forum: 50% discount on admission Ahr thermal baths in Bad Neuenahr: 10% discount City-Marketing Bad Godesberg: reduced price ticket for embassy walking tour Der KölnShop: 15% discount on souvenirs Cologne Tourist Information guides: 15% discount Frau Holle Fashion Art Café: 1 cappuccino for breakfast Parkrestaurant Rheinaue: 1 glass of sparkling wine with a meal BonnInformation (tourist information center): free city map Römerkanal-Informationszentrum: free tote bag Bistro Clementine in the President Hotel Bonn: 1 glass of beer with a meal Eli's Deli Restaurant in the Landidyll Hotel Weidenbrück: 10% discount on meals JUFA Hotel Königswinter: 10% discount on restaurant bills “The Grill” Restaurant in the Hilton Hotel Bonn: 20% discount

Bonn: Private Guided Walking Tour

6. Bonn: Private Guided Walking Tour

Journey through history on a private guided walking tour of Bonn's Old Town. Find out about the city's founding in Roman times, and learn about its most famous son, Ludwig van Beethoven. Admire centuries-old buildings still standing proud today, including the Electoral Palace and Bonn Minster. After meeting your guide, set off on your walking tour of Bonn, a charming city split in two by the Rhine river. Marvel at the magnificence of the Electoral Palace and the splendor of the monuments from the times of the Electors. See Bonn Minster and hear about its almost 800-year-old history. Pass by Beethoven's birthplace and house and the Beethoven Monument as you discover the city's highlights. With your guide, find out about the two coronations that took place at Bonn Minster, Beethoven's life and compositions, and the witch burnings during the times of the Black Death. Enjoy views of the majestic Sieben mountains in the distance too.

Cologne Südstadt Tour in German

7. Cologne Südstadt Tour in German

Cologne's Südstadt – three "Veedel" (neighbourhoods), each with a different character but also its own charm. Tour the Severinsviertel, a former worker's neighbourhood, the Rheinauhafen and the bourgeois Neustadt Süd. Let your guide explain to you the close connection of the three Veedel in spite of their differences. Learn about the impact of industrialisation on Cologne. Find out how foresightful city administration implemented a ring road concept and which famous personages shaped the Severinsviertel and the Südstadt.

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4.6 / 5

based on 110 reviews

The tour was great! A guided tour through the Severinsviertel. You learned a lot of exciting things and stopped at interesting and above all delicious restaurants. So you got to know traditional Cologne food, but also simply extraordinary food, while learning something about the history of Cologne. If there were difficulties in understanding, the guide always translated old idioms directly into standard German so that everyone could understand everything. I would book again at any time.

Our guide Harry took us through the southern part of Cologne and gave us lots of information and anecdotes. We were also allowed to try a few delicious culinary "little things" - we could skip the planned dinner afterwards. We liked it very much!

The tour was very interesting and varied. Harry; our guide told us interesting and funny things. The food was varied, tasty and generous in quantity. The distance walked during the 3 hours was manageable.

Was very cozy and tasty, learned a lot about history, only German but very easy to understand. Harry was our guide, definitely recommended,

Very informative and entertaining. All in all a nice tour!