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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

Regensburg

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

120 sailing dates April 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2795pp
Strasbourg

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

11 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Dusseldorf, Germany to Cologne
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1149pp
Bernkastel

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

11 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

Single traveller prices from £1,979

Riviera Travel logo FROM £1579pp
Amsterdam

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

5 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2469pp
Koblenz

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

11 sailing dates May 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest

Includes direct flights and overseas transfers

AmaWaterways logo FROM £5099pp
Passau

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Hungary , Budapest

No-fly river cruise

Riviera Travel logo FROM £2399pp
Basel

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

105 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands

Includes direct flights and overseas transfers

AmaWaterways logo FROM £2099pp
Amsterdam

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

4 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Nuremberg

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4969pp
Amsterdam

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

37 sailing dates April 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel

French Balconies from £2,249pp

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1579pp
Bratislava

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

9 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £5529pp
Amsterdam

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

64 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
APT Cruising logo FROM £3099pp
Amsterdam

New Year in Holland & the Romantic Rhine

1 sailing date December 2019
5 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Strasbourg
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Amsterdam

The Rhine, Dutch and Belgian Cities at New Year

1 sailing date December 2019
6 Nights From Antwerp, Belgium to Germany , Cologne
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Koblenz

A Scenic Rhine Christmas

1 sailing date December 2019
4 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Conflans

Discover the Moselle

2 sailing dates July 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Belgium, Belgium to Germany , France
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Basel

Picturesque Alsace and the Rhine

1 sailing date September 2019
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Nuremberg

Christmas Markets of Europe

1 sailing date December 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £3229pp
Lucerne

Zurich to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates August 2019 to August 2020
10 Nights From Fly From UK, to Arrive UK
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £2689pp
Lyon

Rhine & Rhône Revealed - Amsterdam to Cote d'Azur

10 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
16 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Toulon (for Cote D'Azur)
Avalon Waterways logo CALL

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