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Cologne: Drachenburg Castle Half-Day Guided Tour

1. Cologne: Drachenburg Castle Half-Day Guided Tour

Discover the magical Drachenburg Castle, a 19th-century palace built on the Drachenfels mountain with breathtaking views of the Rhein valley. You'll be picked up at your accommodation in Cologne by a private car and enjoy a comfortable 40-minute journey to the charming Königswinter village. You'll first head up the mountain toward the medieval Burg Drachenfels, onboard the historical Drachenfelsbahn, which is the oldest cog railway in Germany. It'll feel like you're being pulled up the hill on a roller coaster, but without the scary drop at the end. At the top, you can explore the ruins and marvel at the incredible views of the valley below, and a perfect spot for a panoramic photo. On a sunny day, you may even spot Cologne Cathedral on the horizon. Once you finish, you'll make your way down the path towards Castle Drachenburg. Here, your guide will provide you with all the fascinating stories about the castle-like villa built in the late 1800s, with its short but turbulent history. Perfectly renovated to reflect its original splendor, it's well worth exploring. And don't forget to roam the beautiful gardens. The Drachenfelsbahn will take you back to the village. If you're keen to continue exploring, you can opt for the 6-hour option, which will include a 2-hour sightseeing tour with your guide around the beautiful village of Linz am Rhein, known as the “colorful city”. Here, you can stroll through the historic cobblestoned streets and admire 16th-century picturesque half-timbered houses. Your guide will also lead you to the Old Market Square, St Martin Church, Linz Castle and part of the medieval city fortification, Pulverturm. Once you've enjoyed all the attractions you will be taken back to your accommodation in Cologne.

From Cologne: Private Hoensbroek Castle Tour with Pickup

2. 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.

From Cologne: Private Burg Castle and Benrath Palace Trip

3. From Cologne: Private Burg Castle and Benrath Palace Trip

Visit Solingen on a fun tour from Cologne to see an expansive collection of armory and weapons and enjoy skip-the-line tickets to Burg Castle. Depending on the option you choose, you can also discover the fantastic Benrath Palace and its lush garden. Begin your day with a pickup from your Cologne accommodation in an air-conditioned vehicle. Sit back and relax on a ride filled with engaging stories, historical facts, and legends of the past. Arrive at Burg Castle and see its remarkable collection of armory and weapons, as well as an exhibition on the region's history from medieval times to the industrial revolution. Explore the castle with your guide and learn about the rise of the Duchy of Berg, the castle’s decay, and its restoration. See highlights such as the Great Hall, the Gallery of Ancestral Portraits, and the Chapel. After you've finished exploring, enjoy some free time to do souvenir shopping or dine at a local restaurant. Choose the 5-hour option to also discover Benrath Palace. Drive past the Wuppertal river and the Mungsten Bridge, the highest railway bridge in Germany. Make a stop at the beautiful palace to learn about its history and relax in its lush park and garden, home to more than 80 species of birds and over 300 species of beetles.

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