Düsseldorf tours and excursions
Boat tours ply the Rhine in Düsseldorf, offering a number of cruises by day and moonlit dinner, disco and jazz cruises by night. The main operators are Weisse Flotte and KD Schiffstouren.Tel: (0211) 326 124; (0211) 208 83 18.
Reisebüro Adorf coach tours (in German and English) depart from Düsseldorf's railway station in the morning and Königsallee in the afternoon daily. Both include admission to the Rhine Tower, and the afternoon tour includes a boat cruise to the Media Hafen. There is no need to book. In winter there is also a one-hour tour of Düsseldorf by night. Tours depart daily except for Carnival Thursday and Monday, Fun-Fair Sunday, Christmas and New Year.Tel: (0211) 418 970.
Cologne is an easy day trip from Düsseldorf by river. The highlights are its magnificent Cathedral (Dom), its Altstadt (Old Town), its Romanesque churches and its three top museums: the Römischer-Germanisches (Roman Germany Museum); the Imhoff-Stollwerck chocolate museum; and the Museum Ludwig modern art collection.
Cologne Tourist Board, Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1, CologneTel: (0221) 346 430.
Benrath Palace and Park
Out in the southern suburbs, Benrath Palace and Park is a beautiful 18th-century garden palace. It includes extensive landscaped grounds, a Natural History Museum and a Museum of European Garden Art.
Benrather Schlossallee 100-106, BenrathTel: (0211) 892 19 03.