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Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

1. Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

The Chocolate Museum is located in Cologne's old town, on the Rheinau harbor peninsula, surrounded by river on both sides. It can be easily recognized by the Malakoff Tower, which is located directly in front of the museum.   The museum houses a collection that traces 5,000 years of chocolate history. The 4,000-square-meter space contains exhibits that shed light on the origins and the culture of chocolate and how it has developed through centuries.  The treasure trove looks into pre-Colombian, Maya, and Aztec ways of using chocolate at the time when cocoa was a drink dedicated for Gods. From America cocoa travelled to Europe, where it became accessible only to wealthy classes. Cologne's Chocolate Museum will show you how chocolate became a treat for everyone and how media and advertising campaigns started spreading the news about this sweet snack.

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Cologne: Virtual Reality Time Travel to Old Cologne

2. Cologne: Virtual Reality Time Travel to Old Cologne

Set out on a thrilling journey with TimeRide and experience the undestroyed Cologne and the fascinating lifestyle of the legendary twenties! Together with the charming hatter Tessa and the Cologne streetcar driver Pitter, you will discover the exciting time after the end of the First World War, the British occupation, and the Spanish flu. Your time travel in three steps: · The Cinema: In the 1920s, more and more movie theaters evolved into massive movie palaces. The cinema was a ubiquitous and glamorous part of everyday life and an important source of information. Step into our “Lichtspielhaus” and take a seat together with the fine society: an entertaining short film in the style of that time will show you the historical development of Cologne in the twenties. · The Hatter's Store: In the hatter’s store of the Riedschneider family you will dive together with Tessa into the world of glamorous fashion of the twenties. In the 1920s, everyone wore a hat and the choice of hat said a lot about the wearer! In the lovingly decorated store, the art of wearing and making hats is illustrated using numerous originals from the Diefenthal family of hat makers in Cologne. You’ll also learn more about Tessa’s urgent special order… Will her important delivery arrive on time at Neumarkt thanks to Pitter? · The VR-Ride: The highlight of your journey back in time to 1926: On your virtual ride with the first electric Cologne streetcar, you will experience the beauty of the city before its destruction in World War II. With your VR goggles, you’ll enjoy a 360° panoramic view and discover iconic landmarks of old Cologne, many of which have disappeared or are barely recognizable today: Cologne Cathedral’s surroundings at the time, the old main train station, the Schauspielhaus theater, the city hall led by Konrad Adenauer, and much more. At Neumarkt, your trip ends in the colorful carnival hustle and bustle with a “Grand Finale”.

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Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

3. Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

Enjoy some of Cologne’s harbors and their facilities with explanations from a knowledgeable local guide in German on this 3-hour harbor cruise. The tour on MS Rhein Cargo, MS Rheinland or MS Rheinperle examines the history of the Rheinau Harbor, offers insights into the Deutz Harbor and Mülheim Harbor and takes you into the container harbor Niehl, one of Germany’s largest inland harbors. During the tour your guide will offer you useful information and exciting anecdotes about Cologne's harbors, their history, dates and figures and you can observe the work in the harbor Niehl, a unique insight in the city.

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Cologne: Rickshaw Sightseeing Tour

4. Cologne: Rickshaw Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy Cologne by rickshaw. Your friendly tour guide will show you to the nicest spots of the city, providing you with an understanding of Cologne's culture and history. You are welcome to choose an individual starting and ending point of your personal rickshaw experience in Cologne's center. Each tour includes many facts and stories about Germany's oldest big city and touristic highlights. You will also visit many of the city's most famous sights, such as the Cologne Cathedral, the Rhein River Boulevard, Old Town Cologne, River Side Cologne, the Middle Age Town Hall, and the Chocolate Museum. Each tour is an individual experience, and your guide will provide you with an unforgettable way to see Cologne.

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Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

5. Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

Enjoy a festive and romantic winter cruise along the Rhine River with live music and a hot beverage of your choice. Get great views from the panorama boat of Cologne’s skyline, which is beautifully decorated during the holiday season. See some of Cologne's most iconic sites like the famous church "Groß St. Martin", the former Rheinau Harbour with the three crane houses and, of course, Cologne Cathedral. Listen to musicians play festive music and sip on a cup of "Glühwein" (hot wine punch), coffee, or hot chocolate.

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Cologne: Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Sightseeing Tour

6. Cologne: Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Sightseeing Tour

Discover the city center of Cologne during this interactive scavenger hunt tour game played on your smartphone. Learn interesting facts, solve questions, gain points, and see how you place on the regional league table. Enjoy the perfect mix between a scavenger hunt and sightseeing tour. Take a tour at your own pace from the convenience of your personal phone. Get to know the hardworking helpers of Cologne. Take in the famous sights like the cathedral and the old town. Unlock information about historical places, must-see sights, and local hot spots that are tucked away from the usual tourist paths. Receive 10 safari points, for each solved question or task. Needing a hint to solve the question, gets you only 5 points. At the end of the game, your safari points will be added up and you can compare your stats with others that have played the game.

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Cologne: Historic Town Scavenger Hunt

7. Cologne: Historic Town Scavenger Hunt

The Cologne scavenger hunt will take you past the most beautiful sights of the Rhine metropolis. Start your adventure at the main station and then head to the Cathedral, which is Cologne's landmark. Also, discover the Heinzelmännchen fountain, the old market with the town hall, the Heumarkt, the Great St. Martin church, the Rhine promenade, and much more. Your city game box contains 16 sealed and numbered envelopes, each holding riddles that need to be solved. Follow clear and precise directions and find your way to the various sights. Once you solve a riddle you will be given a number, which reveals which envelope to open next. You won’t know ahead of time in which succession the Scavenger Hunt City Game envelopes need to be opened. Have fun while you receive detailed information regarding the historical background of every attraction.

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Cologne: Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise with Beverage

8. Cologne: Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise with Beverage

Enjoy the charming sights of Cologne from a heated boat on the Rhine River. Sip on a glass of Kölsch or a hot beverage as you take in the atmosphere.  View some of Cologne's most spectacular architecture, like the Groß St. Martin Church, the former Rheinau harbour with the three crane houses and, of course, Cologne Cathedral.  Listen to a musician play both traditional and modern tunes live. Drink some cold local beer, tea, or coffee.

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Cologne: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking Tour

9. Cologne: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Walking 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 trivia 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 a trip to the cathedral’s roofs is a must to get a view over the city. Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity or for bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events. Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by the person.

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Cologne: Old City Guided Walking Tour

10. Cologne: Old City Guided Walking Tour

Go on a guided walking tour of Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest cities. Experience 2,000 years of history as you see the city’s iconic landmarks and architecture, from the relics of the Roman founders to the 21st century. Learn about German brewing and optionally taste a sample. Start at Cologne Cathedral that features Gothic architecture that took centuries to build. Learn about the rich history of this church. Then, walk to the Romano-Germanic Museum through the bustling street where people, street musicians, and other artists frequent. Look through the windows and spot a very impressive mosaic. Just 1,800 years ago, parties were celebrated here. Next, discover how much Germans and especially the people of Cologne love beer. Learn about the city’s almost 1,000-year-old brewing traditions and pub etiquette. Hear how all waiters in Cologne have the same name. Before moving on, taste a sample if you’d like. After, visit the oldest city hall in Germany and take a look at the place where cologne (perfume) was invented. Walk through the busy squares of the old city and pass by the monument of the two citizens of Cologne, Tünnes and Schääl.

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What people are saying about Cologne

We loved this experience. So many highlights! But first, I forgot to check the newest COV-19 guidelines (2G +) and didn’t bring a negative test. We had only proof of vaccination. And the employee at the counter was so nice and gave us an option to come to the later cruise (4 pm). I also liked that he insisted that the rules are to be kept. I felt saver this way. But back to the cruise. It was so lovely. The whole staff was so kind and patient. Not only man at the counter but also the guy checking the tickets, the waiters (especially) and the singer. His voice was so calm and I really enjoyed his choice of songs (many many sang in english). He was singing the whole cruise! The interior felt also very cosy, toilets were clean, it was warm inside. Mulled wine was delicious, and so was the peas soup. I have nothing to complain about! I would love to go again :-)

From the order to the implementation of the city rally, everything went wonderfully. The delivered box with the cards looks very valuable and the tasks are easy to perform. We were in Cologne and had to open the envelope once to set up a Christmas market because the destination with the solution was blocked off. During the rally you walk through streets and alleys where you might not have gone on a normal tourist visit. So all in all it was a great day with lots of information.

Very pleasant boat trip. Cologne music, drinks and food put everyone in a good mood. The trip could have been longer.

Super nice staff, especially the singer was great! Highly recommended for a change of perspective on Cologne.

Great place to visit! Lots of nice gifts of chocolate in the giftshop!!