Traditionally a visit to Cologne must include a boat trip on the Rhine. Boat trips along the Rhine take in the view of Cologne's Old Town and travel south to Rodenkirchen or Porz or north to Mülheim. (Photo: Vincent Schmidt/Fotografie Joachim Rieger)
The companies offering boat trips are KölnDüsseldorfer, KölnTourist and Colonia. Tickets for the panorama boat trips offered by all three companies can be purchased for the same price from the Cologne Tourist Board, and visitors can choose between any of the operators and routes. The landing stages are on the left bank of the Rhine, on or close to the Hohenzollern bridge.
During trade fairs it is possible to take a ferry across the river from the same landing stage.
Harbour tour - Enjoy a guided panoramic tour in English
The trip starts at the Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer on the bank of the Rhine and goes past the Cathedral, the old town, the Chocolate Museum, the German Sports and Olympics Museum, along the length of the meadows in Poll, under four more Rhine bridges and finally to the former fishing village of Rodenkirchen with its vast choice of culinary delights.