Kölsch Beer Tasting
Food and wine enthusiasts, or those who have visited the city before, may prefer the Kölsch Beer Tasting, where guests are treated to a glass of Kölsch beer at a historic brewhouse-pub located near Cologne Cathedral. The name Kölsch is exclusive to the city of Cologne, and the beer was the result of a meeting between 24 breweries in the city who congregated to discuss the standards for what a Kölsch beer should be – filtered, pale in color, top fermented, hop accentuated and served in a tall and narrow stange glass so it can be consumed before it gets warm. The standards created – which were aptly named the Kölsch Konvention – also determined that it should be brewed between 11-14 degrees Plato (determines the density of beer wort). This beer tasting is an incredible opportunity to experience culture like a local and clink glasses with fellow beer enthusiasts.
Magical Christmas Markets
Those who decide to visit Cologne during the holiday season will have the opportunity to experience the city’s vibrant and varied Christmas Markets, which are always a favorite during Christmas Markets on the Rhine sailings. Cologne has an impressive seven markets, with the four largest markets attracting almost two million visitors per year. Shoppers love watching artisans at work as they sample traditional German Glühwein (hot mulled wine) out of festively decorated Christmas mugs and browse the stalls for keepsakes and local delicacies like reibekuchen (potato pancakes).
Places to Visit During Your Free Time
One of the advantages of our guided excursions through Cologne is that there is ample free time to explore the city before returning to the ship. Art enthusiasts have a variety of museums to choose from, ranging from traditional visual art exhibits at the highly-regarded Wallraf-Richartz and Ludwig museums to museums that are more outside the box, like the Fragrance Museum, Chocolate Museum and Cologne Carnival Museum.
To experience all that Cologne has to offer, join us on one of our upcoming Enchanting Rhine, Captivating Rhine, Rhine Castles & Swiss Alps, Treasures of the Main & Rhine, Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle, Rhine & Moselle Delights, Rhine & Moselle Fairytales, or Christmas Markets on the Rhine river cruises.