6 days in Cologne, Dusseldorf & Duisburg Itinerary

6 days in Cologne, Dusseldorf & Duisburg Itinerary

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6 days in Cologne, Dusseldorf & Duisburg Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Train:  30 min
1
Cologne
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Dusseldorf
— 1 night
Train:  15 min
3
Duisburg
— 1 night
Train:  15 min
End: Dusseldorf

3
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cologne: Frankfurt (Liebfrauen - Ort der Stille, Main Tower, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Maria Himmelfahrt, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cologne tour itinerary maker .

Dusseldorf to Cologne is an approximately half hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Dusseldorf.

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Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

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Frankfurt
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Romer ©
Romer
Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum

1
night
Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Rheinturm, then look for gifts at Altstadt, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rheinuferpromenade, and finally take a stroll through Konigsallee.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dusseldorf road trip planner .

Dusseldorf is very close to Cologne. In December, daytime highs in Dusseldorf are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Duisburg.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

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Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee
Rheinturm ©
Rheinturm
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade

1
night
Duisburg

Duisburg ©
A major center of the steel industry in Germany’s Ruhr region, Duisburg is also a major center of higher education, the performing arts, and sports.
On the 31st (Tue), get outside with Sportpark Duisburg, then take some stellar pictures from Aussichtsturm Wolfsberg Duisburg, then let the kids burn off some steam at Blauer See Duisburg-Bissingheim, and finally stroll around Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Duisburg trip itinerary maker website .

Duisburg is just a stone's throw from Dusseldorf. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Duisburg

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord ©
Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord

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