Discover the historic highlights of Cologne, Antwerp, Amsterdam and Duisburg on this compelling cruise along the Rhine. See priceless diamonds in Flanders and prized works of art at the Van Gogh Museum.
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Travel to Cologne and transfer to your A-ROSA ship for embarkation. There are many things to see in Cologne, and they are all overshadowed by the cathedral. Measuring 144.5 m long and 157.38 m high, this is the third-highest church building in the world. The view over Cologne, the Rhine and the surrounding areas makes climbing the south tower's 533 steps well worth the effort! The basilica of Great St Martin Church is another fantastic sight. The brightly coloured houses of Cologne's fish market seem to glow in front of it. Located a little bit away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, you can soak up the atmosphere of the old town here. During carnival season, locals sing "Das Herz der Welt, das schlägt am Rhein" ("the pulse of the world beats at the Rhine") - and when you get to know the people of Cologne, you'll have to agree with this sentiment. It's easy to get talking to people, and you'll soon find yourself drinking a Kölsch (the local beer) with the friendly, down-to-earth locals.
This port city in Flanders is a modern metropolis with both historical and futuristic buildings. Antwerp's fashion designers have long been a fixture on the international fashion scene, and designer shops, museums and galleries line the streets in the south side of the city (Het Zuid). A diamond museum reveals where the city's wealth come from. With four diamond bourses and around 1,800 diamond companies, Antwerp continues to be the largest trading place for diamonds in the world.
The signature sound of Amsterdam is the cheery ringing of bicycle bells. This popular means of transport is the most flexible way of exploring all the exciting nooks of this city. Cycling alongside the historical canals enables you both to see the wonderful old merchants' houses and to reach attractions such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum in a jiffy. Or indeed any other museum; Amsterdam has the highest density of museums in Europe. It also has many small boutiques where you can find unusual things that you won't find anywhere else. And how about a stroll through the Nine Streets district? The Anne Frank House is one of Amsterdam's most important historical sights. The Vondelpark is an oasis for relaxation. If you're looking for something a little more lively, visit the exceptionally multicultural Jordaan quarter, which is packed with coffee shops, little boutiques and house boats.
The city of Duisburg is the gateway to Düsseldorf. Düsseldorf's old town - also known as "the world's longest bar" - is the heart of the city. Freshly pulled Altbier (the local beer) in over 300 pubs brings a wide variety of people together for friendly nights out. But you don't need alcohol to have fun in Düsseldorf. Luxury shopping boulevards like the "Kö" are great places to stroll, while green spaces and the beautiful Rhine Promenade would be lovely places to relax if only there weren't so many museums to visit! Düsseldorf is a city of art. The K20 collection, which includes works by Klee, Picasso, Beuys, Richter and many others, provides a particularly impressive overview of 20th-century art history. Meanwhile in the Ständehaus you'll find the K21 collection, which focuses on the younger generation of artists. If you're longing for something "real" after all this culture, the Carlsplatz market is open every day, offering an incredible selection of delicacies. Needless to say, the market also has a bar selling Altbier.
After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your return to the UK, or extend your stay in Cologne.
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