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Cologne River Cruises

About Cologne

As one of Germany’s largest and most historic cities, Cologne is also one of the country’s busiest tourist destinations, not least with river cruisers. Cologne sits on both banks of the iconic Rhine River and it should come as no surprise that there’s a huge choice of Rhine river cruise itineraries which visit the city. Founded by the Romans in the 1st century AD as a province capital, the city enjoyed being a centre for trade in the Middle Ages but is still perhaps best remembered for being one of Germany’s most heavily bombed cities during the allied air raids of the Second World War. Only five percent of the city’s population survived and very few of its original buildings remain, though the subsequent rebuilding over the years has left visitors with one of Germany's most compelling cities to explore.

Exploring Cologne

Hohenzollern Bridge is an altogether more modern Cologne landmark. It’s famous for being the place where thousands of couples have affixed padlocks as a sign of their commitment to each other; a trend which has since been replicated on numerous bridges worldwide. It’s the ideal way to cross the Rhine as foot passengers are welcome and it also offers some great views of the river. On the subject of views, for the very best aerial one, don’t miss the chance to take a trip up the Koeln Triangle. It’s a skyscraper with an observatory, viewing platform and restaurant and offers the ultimate panoramic vista of Cologne.

Nature-lovers will be pleased to know the city’s not without its green space too. The beautiful Botanical Gardens dating back to the 19th century, are situated close to the Rhine and open daily, while Melaten-Friedhof is a peaceful, leafy cemetery popular with both visitors and locals because of the fascinating history and tranquil atmosphere that it offers.

Cologne tips

Cologne really comes into its own at Christmas, when the Dom becomes an unforgettable backdrop to the city’s enchanting Christmas Market. Book a river cruise during this time and you’ll experience the city at its most magical and memorable.

Cologne Itineraries

Budapest

Grand European Tour - Budapest to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates November 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Bamberg

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

23 sailing dates October 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2795pp
Koln

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

20 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Dusseldorf, Germany to Cologne
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1349pp
Rudesheim

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

17 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

Single traveller prices from £1,629

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1279pp
Basel

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

11 sailing dates September 2019 to September 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland

Includes HUGE savings, FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers and up to £250 OFF per couple, exclusive to RiverVoyages.com

Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2289pp
Koblenz

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

7 sailing dates July 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary

Book now for 2020 and receive FREE flights from selected UK airports - whilst availability lasts!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £5099pp
Bratislava

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest

9 sailing dates July 2019 to September 2020
14 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary

No-fly river cruise

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1899pp
Amsterdam

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

76 sailing dates July 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland

Book now for 2020 and receive FREE flights from selected UK airports - whilst availability lasts!

AmaWaterways logo FROM £1379pp
Regensburg

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Holland
APT Cruising logo FROM £4199pp
Passau

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

4 sailing dates July 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Holland

Summer sale now on! | SAVE up to £2,000 per couple plus enjoy FREE flights! Limited time only

AmaWaterways logo FROM £4199pp
Heidelberg

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

72 sailing dates July 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland

French Balconies from £2,249pp

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1729pp
Melk

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

7 sailing dates August 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Tauck logo FROM £5529pp
Strasbourg

The Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date June 2020
12 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3999pp
Rudesheim

The Rhine & Moselle - Basel to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates June 2020 to September 2020
12 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £3969pp
Nuremberg

Treasures of the Rhine - Nuremberg to Amsterdam

10 sailing dates July 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Amsterdam, Holland
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £1619pp
Boppard

A Taste of the Rhine - Amsterdam to Mainz

4 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
4 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Germany , Mainz
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1669pp
Amsterdam

A Taste of the Rhine - Northbound

3 sailing dates June 2020 to November 2020
4 Nights From Mainz, Germany to , Amsterdam, Holland
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1669pp
Amsterdam

Iconic Rivers of Europe - Amsterdam to Bucharest

2 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
24 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Romania , Bucharest

Includes HUGE savings of up to £1,500 per couple!

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £7419pp
Berlin

Paris to Berlin

5 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2020
23 Nights From Paris, France to , Berlin (Warnemuende)
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £6849pp
Bamberg

Paris to Budapest

27 sailing dates March 2020 to October 2020
17 Nights From Paris, France to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5499pp

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