4-day trip Cologne, Insel Hombroich & Bonn

On this coach trip, Hanneke Lenders and Yvonne Hilgenkamp will take you to Cologne, Museum Insel Hombroich and Bonn. A four-day cultural trip with a varied and surprising programme of art, architecture and nature!


Day 1
We start in Neuss, at Museum Insel Hombroich. In this 'open-air museum', exhibition pavilions are scattered across a park landscape; it invites a sensory journey of discovery through nature, architecture and art. Sculptor Erwin Heerich's architecture, as sculptures into which one walks, blends harmoniously into the peaceful landscape. We also see the Langen Foundation here, a former Cold War missile base where Tadao Ando built a serene museum in 2004 to house the collection of modern, Japanese and non-Western art of collectors Victor and Marianne Langen. In the afternoon, we continue to Cologne, overnight in Cologne.


Day 2 and 3
We spend these two days in Keulen. We take a city walk through the historic city centre, where a selection of special medieval churches can be admired. Of course, we then also visit the iconic Cathedral, with its famous Gero Cross, the Three Kings Shrine and the colourful modern stained-glass window by Gerhard Richter. Hanneke will explore the Wallraf-Richartz Museum with you. The beautiful collection presentation offers an overview of European visual art from the 13th to the early 20th century, with great masters such as Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt, Friedrich, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh and Munch. View modern art with Yvonne at Museum Ludwig. All the famous names are represented here! Think Picasso, Kirchner, Macke, Beckmann, Matisse, Mondrian, Chagall, Klee, Dalí, Rothko and many others. And then there is also the amazing collection of American Pop Art! We also visit Museum Kolumba, the downright surprising archdiocesan museum in Cologne. Swiss architect Peter Zumthor designed the extraordinary enclosure, which incorporates the ruins of the destroyed Kolumba church, a post-war chapel by Cologne architect Böhm, and the remains of an archaeological dig. The architecture combined with the extraordinary art collection, which presents ancient and modern religious art side by side, makes the Kolumba well worth a visit!


Day 4
This day we drive to Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven as well as German expressionist August Macke. We stroll through the old town centre for the architecture and visit a few churches including the Bonner Münster, among others. We then conclude our trip with a visit to a special private chapel, located in the middle of a meadow: the Bruder Klaus Kapelle, by design of Peter Zumthor.


Teachers: Hanneke Lenders and Yvonne Hilgenkamp
Travel dates: Tuesday 30 May to Friday 2 June 2023
Departure on Tuesday in the early morning from Utrecht central station.
Travel fee: €650 p.p. when you enrol before 15 April 2023. €695,-p.p. when you register afterwards. Single room supplement: €115,- p.p.

There is room on this trip for a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 34 participants. The group is regularly split into two. You will then spend half the day with Yvonne and half the day with Hanneke. There is a lot of walking on our trips, participants should be aware of this. 


The tour price includes:

  • Bus trip Utrecht - Neuss - Cologne - Bonn - Utrecht
  • current airport taxes, fuel surcharges and booking fees (subject to change)
  • hand baggage up to 12 kg
  • 3 hotel nights in Cologne, including breakfast, based on a shared double room in a four-star hotel
  • expert tour guide by art historians Hanneke Lenders and Yvonne Hilgenkamp
  • use of audio system/whisper sets while travelling
  • all entrances according to programme

The trip price does not include:

  • lunches, dinners, possibly insurance
  • Labrys administration fee € 27.50 per booking
  • obligatory Calamity Fund contribution of € 2.50 per booking/invoice
  • compulsory contribution SGR Guarantee Fund of €5 per participant


After registering for this trip, your details will be passed on to Labrys Reizen. They will then handle the booking with you. 

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