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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

Koblenz

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

11 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Dusseldorf, Germany to Cologne
Riviera Travel logo FROM £1679pp
Cochem

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
Koblenz

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

7 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2049pp
Passau

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

8 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4819pp
Budapest

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
Amsterdam

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

65 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2029pp
Budapest

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

31 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2019
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
APT Cruising logo FROM £2499pp
Rudesheim

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

6 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4819pp
Koblenz

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

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

Includes flights and transfers. No single supplement special, prices from £1,889.

Avalon Waterways logo FROM £2089pp
Melk

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

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

Holland And The Romantic Rhine Valley

17 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
6 Nights From Strasbourg, to Strasbourg
CroisiEurope logo FROM £989pp
Mainz

Antwerp to Vienna

1 sailing date April 2019
18 Nights From Antwerp, Belgium to Austria , Vienna, Austria
CroisiEurope logo FROM £3479pp
Boppard

Roundtrip Amsterdam

4 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4079pp
Speyer

New Year's Eve Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2019
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Cochem

Fitness Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date November 2019
5 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Frankfurt
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Mainz

Christmas Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2019
6 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Prague

Jewels of Europe with Prague

1 sailing date April 2019
18 Nights From Fly From UK, to Prague
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Amsterdam

Zurich to Amsterdam in 2019

4 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
12 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Antwerp

Brussels to Strasbourg

1 sailing date October 2019
11 Nights From Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium to , Strasbourg
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