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Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

1. 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.

Cologne: Advent and Christmas Customs Tour in German

2. Cologne: Advent and Christmas Customs Tour in German

Discover the atmospheric, pre-Christmas Cologne and learn all about the old traditions and customs. Admire the beautifully decorated houses and listen to the stories about Santa Claus and Knecht Ruprecht. Listen to what these customs are all about and stroll through the festively lit centre of Cologne. Learn more about the origins of Christmas traditions and enjoy a leisurely tour for the whole family as a pleasant preparation for Christmas.

Cologne: "Christmas Magic" Guided Tour by Bike

3. Cologne: "Christmas Magic" Guided Tour by Bike

Experience the beauty of Cologne at Christmas on a bike tour. Ride through iconic districts like the charming city center, Cologne cathedral, and many other places while hearing exciting stories from your local guide. Get into the festive spirit on a tour exclusive to the Christmas period. After meeting your guide explore multiple Christmas markets in the city. Gilde past the most beautiful lighted-up areas to see a cozy Christmas wonderland. You will hear lots of insider information on where to find unique Christmas gadgets and some of the popular German Christmas traditions from your guide. See the decorated stalls offering local delicacies and hand-made souvenirs. Take a short break and taste local food, mulled wine, or freshly brewed cocoa from one of the hundreds of decorated stalls. Prepare to be spellbound by the charming Christmas atmosphere all around, something you can only experience in Cologne at this time of year.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

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 :-)

It was just a shame that we only found out by chance that you need a 2GPlus certificate for shipping. If we hadn't happened to be there 2 hours before departure, we wouldn't have been able to do a corona test. PS we had already been vaccinated against corona three times at this point. This provision came out only hours before departure.

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

The city guide knew everything very well.

The tour was very interresting and humorously designed. Unfortunately it rained incessantly.