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Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

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Cologne, Germany

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icon1 day  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Explore the best of Cologne on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Cologne’s top attractions—like Cologne Cathedral and Cologne City Hall, plus visit the Old Town district, bustling Roncalliplatz, the historic Alter Markt square and much more. Select the 1-day pass, then board at any of the 16 stops and get to know this landmark of High Gothic architecture in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary in English and German. Audio guides in nine languages also available. A Rhine River sightseeing cruise is also included.
  • Explore Cologne on a hop-on hop-off bus, with a ticket valid for 24 hours
  • Create a personalized itinerary, hopping on and off at 16 city bus stops
  • Visit top Cologne attractions such as spectacular Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) and picturesque Old Town (Altstadt)
  • Admire Cologne from the water on a round-trip cruise along the Rhine River
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the cathedral and the Rheinauhafen with its crane tower-shaped buildings
  • Learn about the sights from the entertaining bus and boat commentary in a choice of languages
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German- and English-speaking guide on hop-on hop-off bus
Onboard bus audio commentary in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Chinese and Japanese
Onboard boat audio commentary in English and German
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Central Cologne
Get to know the city of Cologne and its top attractions on this entertaining and educational hop-on hop-off bus tour.

It all begins with a hop on at any of the 16 stops. Board one of the double-decker buses and enjoy the view with live and recorded audio commentary of interesting facts and stories from voices who knows this historic city inside and out. Learn about the past, present and future of Cologne as the bus rolls along from one location to the next. Hop off at any of the attractions for a closer look, then hop back on when it’s convenient, anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 7:20 p.m. on a loop around the city.

Visit popular sites like the famous Cologne Cathedral, Germany’s most-visited site, plus Cologne City Hall, Cologne's Old Town district, the bustling squares of Roncalliplatz, Alter Markt and Heumarkt, the Rheinauhafen district, the Chocolate Museum and much more. It truly is a fun and fast way to get to know the city of Cologne and the many amazing attractions it offers. 

In addition to the bus tour, enjoy a sightseeing cruise of the city from the legendary Rhine River. 

A sightseeing tour of Cologne has never been easier—or more fun—than this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Experience Cologne in this unique way.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child tickets (ages 3-14) are available at departure point on the day of travel
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY Koln-Dusseldorfer

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise.

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Confusing at stop one
424kent
, Oct 2019
There are not that many buses and you have to wait a long time if you get off. I had a paper voucher and the operator at the first stop would not accept it and sent me to the information desk. The nice lady at information informed me that they always do this and telephone KD and they in turned called the bus driver and I then was able to board and told to get off at stop three to validate my voucher for a bus ticket. Just need better be organized from stop one. P.S. Go to stop three and walk to riverfront to KD office to get your voucher validated, they will not tell you this. The bus ride itself was very nice and you get to see a lot of Cologne.
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cologne
Zoobie
, Aug 2019
great boat ride and interesting sights to see, the hop on hop off is a fantastic value with educational information provided, in this case Cologne and specifically world war II
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Boring
J Scott S
, Apr 2019
Very hard to find the place where you can redeem your voucher for the ticket. The German audio is so loud, you can barely hear another language in the earbuds - which won't stay in your ears anyway. Nothing interesting to see except the Old Town and Cathedral which you can do on you own in one visit. The top of the bus was nearly full, and sat in the lower deck in the shade. I guess most people agreed that there was nothing interesting to see, since no one got off or on during 12 of the 14 stops. The cruise is a bit better.
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The bus tour was OK...finding the stops...
Matthew M
, Oct 2017
The bus tour was OK...finding the stops can be a little confusing. They are not the regular bus stops but the representative didn't give much instruction on what to look for. The buses only come every 30 minutes, so we waited quite a bit. One one bus, the commentary was only in German and my headset didn't work, but another bus had a much better guide who spoke German and English. Once on the bus, it takes you to most major landmarks and attractions you would want to visit. The river cruise made up for the shortcomings of the bus tour. We enjoyed it very much and also had commentary. Overall, I would recommend this experience.
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If you do not get on at stop one you...
Sue P
, Oct 2017
If you do not get on at stop one you do not hear you are to tell the driver what stop you want to get off. Not that that matters if you only speak English! If you expect to be right near the sites when you get off a stop, sorry only three stops are near the attractions. At one stop I had to walk 20 minutes.
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Good way to see the City. Too bad the...
Mary R
, Sep 2017
Good way to see the City. Too bad the head phones were working well.
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We missed our free Viking port tour...
Margaret M
, Sep 2017
We missed our free Viking port tour so this tour was the only introduction to Cologne we had. We really enjoyed the boat tour...we were 3 minutes late trying to find the pier so they held the boat for us - thank you. The tour about the city was excellent. We saw the main sights, and we enjoyed the comentary.
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It was okay. Hop on Hop off bus was...
Jersey_T
, Sep 2017
It was okay. Hop on Hop off bus was okay. It's very hard to hear since the loud speaker was talking in German very loud and headphone was not very helpful. Boat ride was okay. Confortable, no announcement, just sightseeing. Only thing I found in Cologne interesting was Cathedral. Not much to see in Cologne.
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We arrived at the office to pick up...
Daniel H
, Oct 2016
We arrived at the office to pick up our tickets only to find that the buses were not running. So we lost the most bey for the Hop on bus. You didn't give any indication on your site that the buses didn't run on Sundays. We're disappointed in the cruise which was very boring and we felt pressured to buy things in the dining room setting. Overall very disappointing
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The cruise was lovely, well done and...
sally
, Oct 2016
The cruise was lovely, well done and the narration was excellent - in English and in German. I was interested to see so many German tourists as well as people from all parts of the world taking this cruise. The hop-On Hop-Off bus tour - the first bus was excellent and the gal that did the narrating was excellent as well as the bus driver, The last bus driver - did not speak English, had a taped narration and was a bit crude since he did not know English. Plus he was late getting there.
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