The Rhine, which flows through Cologne, has been an important traffic route for all kinds of boats and goods for more than 2000 years. So about 400 ships pass through the city every day.
As there are no tunnels, such as in New York or Hamburg, you have to use one of the bridges or a little boat to cross it. The Rheinfähre Strolch (which means ferry ‘tramp’) does its work in the middle of the city.
If I am near the pier on either of the sides and I do not want to go to a bridge, then I treat myself to the entertaining ferry ride or sometimes do it just for fun.
Occasionally as a roundtrip.
Those of you who’ve read my articles know that I love being by the water. And cruising like a tramp, the wind in your face, is just great, and even has a little romantic touch. It is also possible to take a bike on board.
Just wait at the dock in front of the Musical Dome on the side of the old city or on the opposite side at address ‘Kennedy Ufer No.11’ or call the number written on the pier.