The Rhine metropolis has the river to thank for its existence, and the river plays an important role in its life to the present day. The city’s most famous church, one of the most expensive hotels and the most important museum are all located near the waterfront. The city’s inhabitants also make the most of every opportunity to stroll on the river banks or– better still – to sit there and relax with a glass of kölsch or an ice cream. The steps on the left of the Rhine, and those recently opened on the right bank, are always filled with people when the weather is fine. But the panorama can be appreciated best from the middle of the river, from the deck of a KD ship.