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Cologne, Germany
Cologne is a huge and vibrant city in western Germany, located in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Being one of the oldest cities in the country, Cologne Germany dates back to the Roman times when it served as a colony of the emperor Claudius.

Nowadays, Cologne proudly bears the title of a major city of culture and art as its Old Town houses numerous exhibition galleries, museums and concert venues. Moreover, it is the city where the famous Cologne carnival, fireworks festivals, annual fair of contemporary art (Art Сologne) and other colorful events regularly take place.

Do you know that Cologne ranks the second place in the world after New York by the number of galleries? So modern Cologne is all about world-class cultural and products, unique Christmas markets, great shopping, and, to top it all, excellent beer.

The main hallmark of the city is, indeed, Cologne Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, which is the largest one in Germany. This gorgeous Gothic Cathedral is known not only for its stunning facades but also for its fancy interiors with a fascinating ancient altar, amazing organ, and stained-glass windows.

Generally, Cologne Germany is a city of beautiful churches. The most spectacular of them include:
 
  • Great Saint Martin Church
  • Basilica of the Holy Apostles
  • St. Gereon's Basilica
One more popular sight in Cologne is the City Hall Square in the heart of the Old Town. The facade of the modern City Hall is an amazing synthesis of an old building of the 15th century and a new extension, decorated with 124 stone statues.

See it on following tours

Cruise | Gold, European Cruise

Rhine River Cruise | Amsterdam to Milan
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Amsterdam | The Hague | Delft | Cologne | Strasbourg | Como | Milan

Enjoy two days in the Netherlands with a private guide before you join a small group of co-travelers on the MS Amadeus Royal and discover Amsterdam, the best of Germany and the French city of Strasbourg. Then continue your tour to the North of Italy.

Private tour | Easy Pace

Essence of Germany
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Munich | Stuttgart | Heidelberg | Cologne | Berlin

Take as much time as you need for your in-depth exploration of Germany. This tour is a perfect balance of included private guided sightseeing with plenty of free time to spend on your own. Best central hotels and 1st class connections included.

Private tour | Easy Pace

Highlights of Northern Germany
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5 cities

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Frankfurt | Cologne | Hamburg | Berlin | Dresden

Take advantage of the fully customizable program to journey which can be tailored completely around your interests. Have a lot of leisure time to explore on your own and visit all the unmissable sights with professional local guides.

Private tour | Classic

Definitive Germany
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7 cities

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Munich | Stuttgart | Heidelberg | Cologne | Dusseldorf | Berlin | Potsdam

Treat yourself to a comprehensive exploration of southern and western Germany as well as its bustling capital! Enjoy all must-see sights with your local guides, with included stays at hotels to your liking and all the hard planning done for you.

Private tour | Gastronomic

The Most Complete Tour of German Beer
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14 days

7 cities

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Munich | Nuremberg | Bamberg | Berlin | Hamburg | Cologne | Dusseldorf

Get a taste of the best beer Germany has to offer and learn about the beer-drinking culture of the country by visiting the best breweries in each city of your Germany itinerary! Of course, city tours with local guides are on the agenda too, as well as central hotels and airport transfers.

E.g., Dec 15 2018