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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

Passau

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

31 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Viking Cruises logo FROM £2795pp
Strasbourg

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

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

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
Rudesheim

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

12 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2249pp
Koblenz

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

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

Includes direct flights and overseas transfers

AmaWaterways logo FROM £5099pp
Passau

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest

10 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
Strasbourg

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

91 sailing dates May 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland

Includes direct flights and overseas transfers

AmaWaterways logo FROM £1599pp
Koln

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Melk

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

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

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

34 sailing dates May 2019 to March 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel
Avalon Waterways logo FROM £1569pp
Passau

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

10 sailing dates June 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Tauck logo FROM £5529pp
Bamberg

Iconic Rivers of Europe - Amsterdam to Bucharest

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

Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date July 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Holland
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Breisach

Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, France

1 sailing date August 2019
8 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel
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Amsterdam

Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, France

1 sailing date August 2019
8 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Switzerland , Basel
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Vienna

Jewels of Europe with Alpine Highlights

1 sailing date May 2020
21 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Zurich
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Regensburg

Jewels of Europe with Alpine Highlights

4 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2020
21 Nights From Amsterdam, Holland, to Zurich
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Melk

Paris to Berlin

5 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2020
23 Nights From Paris, France to , Berlin
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Vienna

Munich to Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2020
19 Nights From Munich, to Amsterdam, Holland
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Passau

Paris to Budapest

27 sailing dates March 2020 to October 2020
17 Nights From Paris, France to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
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