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How to Spend 1 Day at the Rhine River

How to Spend 1 Day at the Rhine River

Germany’s longest river, the Rhine flows the length of most of the country and wends its way past major cities, lush wine regions, numerous castles, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you only have one day to experience the Rhine, focus on the accessible section between Düsseldorf and Cologne. Here’s your perfect itinerary.

Morning: Düsseldorf Excursions

Begin your day’s Rhine-themed adventures in Düsseldorf. Known for its cutting-edge design and art scenes, the city is also celebrated for its riverside scenery and landmark-packed Old Town (Altstadt). Panoramic tours by boat make it possible to sightsee as you float down the Rhine, while walking tours will typically visit the Altstadt, Rhine Promenade, and landmarks such as Düsseldorf City Hall and St. Lambertus Church. If you’re pressed for time, book a Segway tour to zip around town in just an hour or two.

Afternoon: Cologne Adventures

Given that Cologne is located less than an hour’s drive or train journey south of Düsseldorf, make the most of your brief stay and visit two cities in one day. Famed for its colossal cathedral and its many museums, renowned as a popular destination for chocolate lovers and beer drinkers, cosmopolitan Cologne also boasts an impressive Altstadt of its own. Following your afternoon arrival, book a private walking tour to discover the sights that interest you most.

Evening: The Rhine by Night

Once the sun begins to set, make your way to the Rhine and hop aboard a sightseeing boat: Evening is the perfect time to set sail on a river cruise (and watch the glittering lights of the city’s skyline come on). For a seamless, two-in-one experience, a dinner cruise lets you enjoy a gourmet meal as well as a relaxed sightseeing foray. If you still have energy upon returning to shore, wind down the night with a Kölsch-themed beer tour. A refreshing ale-lager hybrid, Kölsch hails from Cologne and is one of Germany’s most beloved, traditional beer styles.

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Düsseldorf Sightseeing round-trip Cruise

Düsseldorf Sightseeing round-trip Cruise

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Float down the romantic Rhine River on this 1-hour sightseeing cruise from Düsseldorf and admire panoramic views of the city’s waterfront sights. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure and listen to the on-board commentary as you glide past the Media Harbour, spot architectural landmarks like the Rhine Tower and take a peek at the atmospheric Old Town.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.50
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$14.50
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Cologne Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Cologne Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Trade a traditional guided tour of Cologne for a personalized walking tour based on a new travel concept. Meeting up with a Lokafyer guide is like having a friend to show you around Cologne, from the coolest neighborhoods to the places locals actually eat. Since you’ll connect with the guide to talk or chat before the tour, you can customize the experience to your preferences and interests.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.17
Price varies by group size
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$37.17
Price varies by group size
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Rhine River Evening Panorama Cruise in Cologne

Rhine River Evening Panorama Cruise in Cologne

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Experience Cologne’s magical nighttime landscape from the water on this evening Rhine River cruise. Dine and drink à la carte from the onboard restaurant against the backdrop of illuminated landmarks like the famous Cologne Cathedral. With comfortable amenities and unparalleled views of riverside landmarks, it’s a memorable way to spend an evening in Germany’s fourth-largest city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.74
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$21.74
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Private Tour: Düsseldorf Highlights Tour

Private Tour: Düsseldorf Highlights Tour

Discover history and creativity in bustling Düsseldorf on this private 2-hour Düsseldorf highlights tour. Travel with your private guide along the Rhine River promenade. Gain insight into the city’s heritage and discover landmarks such as Rheinturm and Media Harbour. Learn of World War II history in the Old Town, home to the iconic City Hall building. Stroll down the Königsallee, where people mingle in busy cafes, vibrant restaurants and bars. Listen as your guide highlights hotspots known only to locals and hear the stories linking Königsallee to King Wilhelm IV.
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  • 2 hours
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$255.53
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$255.53
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Düsseldorf Segway Tour: Classical City Experience

Düsseldorf Segway Tour: Classical City Experience

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Hop on a Segway to see the sights of Düsseldorf, and put a fun twist on your sightseeing experience. Starting from Düsseldorf's handsome Old Town, the tour crosses the Rhine River and takes in the city's bridges, harbor district, and the designer boutiques of the Königsallee shopping enclave. Learn about the city as you glide around town, and enjoy photos stops by all the key sights. A typical Düsseldorf beer is also included at an Old Town brewery.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.80
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Dusseldorf Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Dusseldorf Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Dusseldorf is one of Germany’s most dynamic cities and an important hub of art and fashion. On this walking tour, connect with a Dusseldorf local who will show you around their city like a friend and introduce you to the neighborhoods that they know and love. Gain an insight into German culture, traditions, and everyday life; visit only the sights that interest you; and receive personalized recommendations on where to eat, drink, and shop.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.24
Price varies by group size
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$36.24
Price varies by group size
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