The Rhine runs through the city of Cologne, making your entrance to the city if visiting by train even more spectacular! If you travel by train as we did, to Cologne Hauptbahnhof, then you will cross the Rhine.
The walks along the river are beautiful, it was raining, but we still sat there for ages watching the boats, both tourist and cargo travel up and down the river...this proves that it is still a working route and a very important route for transportation within Central Europe.
The air in Cologne felt so fresh, not like the polluted air that you may experience in other cities....I think that the Rhine has a lot to do with this, as it breaks the city up and provides the fresh air that you may experience on the coast.
We took a boat trip up the Rhine. It was only for about an hour an turned round at a very pretty place called Rodenkirchen. I think you may be able to get off the boat here and take a later one back. I suggest you check first before getting off.
It was a very pleasant trip, and you can have a drink while you are sat outside on the deck watching the world go by.
Taking a walk along the river is very relaxing. It is very popular with people walking their dogs or pedal cycling. A lot of cargo boats travels up and down and there are quite a few Rhine cruisers and pleasure boats.
Such fun that I shall never miss one.....wherever there is water, whether it is a sea, a lake or, like here, a mighty stream!
Old Father Rhein will carry you safely to and froe!
Here in Cologne, several opportunities for trips, longer or shorter once, are offered and of course the TOURIST OFFICE, situated opposite the DOM in the City Centre can give you any info you need; info plus time tables....
Don't miss this chance! I can recommend all boatrides to you!
Behind me is the bridge and the Rhein river view from the town of Cologne. Some Cruise boat passes here to the next destination.
The Rhein is Germany's largest river that flows to neighbor country Switerland.
Cologne is the ideal starting-place for cruises on the Rhine. Middle Rhine Valley, Koblenz or Mainz are destinations of several boat tours.
I wanted to do a Rhine cruise but it was damn foggy so I decided better to skip the trip.
Standing on the shore of the Rhine River facing the city you can see the immense St. Andrews towering over a row of attractive buildings and an out door restaurant. Here you can sit and watch the Rhine while you have a relaxing lunch and still have the beautiful buildings just behind you.
Walk along the Rhine between cathedral and chocolate museum. Very nice views and atmosphere there and a great place for a afternoon stroll or a picnic even.
Make sure to go over a bridge or two (eg. Hohenzollernbrücke or Deutzer Brücke) for nice views of the Cologne skyline.
The River Rhine flows through the city centre -boat trips available if you want or spend time watching the traffic on it or the people walking by, easy way to enjoy a warm afternoon...don't forget a Kolsch too!
Rivalling the view from the top of the cathedral tower is the view from the other side of the Rhine. The easiest way to cross the river is by the railway bridge, although the noise of the trains drowns out any conversation! From this side, you can see the cathedral and the Gross St Martin church above the Altstadt(old town) on the opposite bank. There are several restaurants and cafes which take advantage of this view, but we were on a 'budget trip' so brought our own refreshments! Many barges travel up and down the Rhine, and I was lucky enough to capture one on camera, just as it passed the cathedral. (the photo is a bit poor, but it is partly the college scanner's fault!)
touring the Rhine! While I enjoyed the train along the Rhine from much further south of COlogne (you'll see more castles) if you have time and especially if you don't speak much German and wan't to be on an organized tour, then take the KD ship on the Rhine. We just HAD to do this once while we lived there so we took a dinner and dance cruise. It was great. Germans really like to party!
There is 'Father Rhein' and there are boats, so......of course make your choice and have one or more boat-trips.......great
Fresh air, floating on the water you will feel the wind and the sun....nice after a day of walking through the city, busy and stuffy.....