Group Tour Operator and DMC for Cologne, Germany
Cologne, Rhine Valley and Dragon’s Rock
Here’s a combination of majestic Cologne, a famous German legend, and the spectacular scenery of the River Rhine
Discover the secrets of Cologne, a city mostly destroyed during WWII. After almost complete obliteration, the rebuilt city is now the fourth largest city in Germany. Its most famous landmark is its Gothic cathedral, which looms over the city. Its filigree spires and ornate facade mark the centre of the city. Stretching out from this centre, city is awash with fascinating museums. There’s an abundance of art and art history to be enjoyed, but there’s something for every taste from sports to chocolate to the Romans. Cologne is a lively and vibrant place to explore and is also a great base from which to explore the Rhine Valley.
While here, you can also travel along the Rhine to visit ‘Dragon’s Rock’. As you travel up Drachenfels on the cog railway, a stunning landscape will be unveiled. At the summit stands the neo-Gothic Schloss Drachenburg. This remarkable castle has beautiful grounds. For even more expansive views over the Siebengebirge Hills, climb the tower. Even just the views from the train are outstanding. Furthermore, you can easily visit some of Germany’s other wonderful cities such as Aachen and Düsseldorf to explore more of this charming area.
For a more festive break, check out our Cologne Christmas Markets break.
Dates throughout 2022
Arrive in Cologne
Take a short sea crossing to France before continuing onto Germany, to our hotel in the Cologne area.
Today we enjoy a full day exploring the historic city of Cologne, which boasts a multitude of churches, museums and galleries. Why not take a guided walking tour to visit the famous Gothic cathedral? The two towers, completed as recently as 1880 (and one is 7cm higher than the other!) are the symbol of the city, a point of orientation and the pride of the people in Cologne. The Old Town, carefully rebuilt after being mostly destroyed during WWII, has retained its old-world charm with narrow, cobbled streets and alleys. There is the possibility to take a cruise on the Rhine or just meander around the fabulous designer and tourist shops. Visit the Roman church Groß St. Martin (Great St. Martin) and the historical Town Hall, or sit down in one of the traditional ‘Brauhaus’ breweries and savour a ‘Kölsch’.
Drachenfels and Königswinter
This morning we make the short journey by road (or along the river by boat) to Königswinter, a quaint old town with a beautiful riverside promenade. Against the beautiful backdrop of the Siebengebirge hills, we then take the cog railway built in the 19th Century to the top of the Drachenfels, the ‘Dragon’s Rock’ (payable locally). Legend has it that Siegfried, the hero of the Nibelungenlied (a famous German poem), killed the dragon Fafnir, who lived in a cave in the hill, then bathed in its blood to become invulnerable. It seems all rather believable! The views across the Rhine from the top of the ‘rock’ are spectacular. There’s an opportunity to stop-off on the journey to the summit to visit the striking Schloss Drachenburg.
Return to the UK
It’s time to leave Cologne and return to the UK.
An hour’s journey on a local train will bring you to the spa town of Aachen, with its preserved old town, cobbled streets and narrow passageways. See Aachen’s beautiful Cathedral, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, in 30 minutes, you can reach the bubbling city of Düsseldorf, home to the ‘longest bar in the world’. The Old Town is full of eateries and breweries and everything else that adds to the flair of a historically-grown city. Guided tours can be arranged in either city.
Ibis Köln Centrum **
The Ibis Köln Centrum is set in the centre of Cologne, is a 3-minute walk from Barbarossaplatz train station and 3.6 km from the harbourfront Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum, which showcases the entire history of chocolate. The rooms contain desks, TVs and free Wi-Fi. The property has a 24-hour bar, business centre, 2 meeting rooms and bike storage.
Mercure Severinshof Köln City ****
The Mercure Severinshof Köln City is only steps away from the Severinstrasse tram stop, is 13 minutes walk from Wallraf-Richartz Museum and 1.4 km from the gothic Cologne Cathedral.
The rooms have TVs, free Wi-Fi and minibars. Upgraded rooms offer tea and coffee-making equipment and/or balconies, while suites add separate living spaces.
Other amenities include a stylish lounge bar with a terrace, and a contemporary restaurant serving international cuisine. There’s also a fitness room and a sauna, in addition to a business centre.
Mercure Hotel Köln Belfortstrasse ****
The Mercure Hotel Köln Belfortstrasse is a 2-minute walk from Reichensbergerplatz U-Bahn station, a 4-minute walk from the Rhine and 1.9 km from Cologne Cathedral. The bright, contemporary rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Amenities include a wood-panelled bar and an international restaurant offering lunch and dinner. There’s also an indoor pool, gym and business centre.
Ramada Köln-Brühl ****
The Ramada Köln-Brühl hotel is located 1.1 km from the centre of Brühl and 3 km from the Phantasialand theme park. The brightly decorated rooms come with WiFi, TVs and desks.
Amenities include a restaurant with patio seating, as well as a Finnish sauna, steam room, hot tub, an exercise room and meeting rooms.
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