Heading on north (down river) we made a rather short stop in the bustling town of Koblenz where the Rhine meets the Danub. My husband and I skipped the tour, and sought out and ice cream shop which we enjoyed while strolling under the enormous statue of the German Emperor William 1st.
We did join the tour in Cologne,where I spotted these colorful houses near the river.. Listening to the tour guide I learned that not only is there a rivalry between Dusseldorf and Cologne but a huge one between the residents of the east and west sides of the river....even though both sides are residents of Cologne!
It is impossible to miss the enormous cathedral that sits riverside ( flanked by the train station on one side). It was another perfect day, and after touring the cathedral, we enjoyed strolling through the busy shopping streets. It's nice to know, when you are tired out from sightseeing... that your beautiful ship is docked nearby and the crew is busily preparing a five course meal to serve you on pretty white tablecloths. I could learn to live like this!