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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

Basel

Basel to Amsterdam

4 sailing dates June 2023 to November 2023
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam

Basel to Amsterdam

19 sailing dates April 2023 to December 2023
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3049pp
Strasbourg

Amsterdam To Basel

20 sailing dates March 2023 to December 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2789pp
Cochem

Basel To Amsterdam

8 sailing dates May 2023 to December 2023
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4229pp
Koln

Basel to Amsterdam

4 sailing dates May 2023 to June 2023
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4239pp
Cochem

Trier To Amsterdam

1 sailing date June 2023
5 Nights From Trier, Germany to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2859pp
Amsterdam

Amsterdam To Basel

4 sailing dates June 2023 to November 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3049pp
Cochem

Amsterdam To Trier

1 sailing date June 2023
5 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Germany , Trier
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £2859pp
Strasbourg

Basel to Amsterdam

13 sailing dates April 2023 to December 2023
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3049pp
Rudesheim

Amsterdam To Basel

17 sailing dates April 2023 to November 2023
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3049pp
Cochem

Basel To Amsterdam

1 sailing date December 2023
10 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4229pp
Trier

Basel To Amsterdam

1 sailing date October 2023
15 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam, Netherlands
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £10989pp
Prague

Prague with Christmas Markets of Europe

1 sailing date November 2021
17 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Rudesheim

Rhine-Main Discovery

1 sailing date September 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Germany , Nuremberg
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Regensburg

Paris to Prague & Splendours of Europe

9 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2022
20 Nights From Paris, to Prague
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Melk

Splendours of Europe with Paris

15 sailing dates August 2021 to October 2022
17 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Paris
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Bamberg

Prague with Christmas Markets of Europe

1 sailing date December 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Prague
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Würzburg

Prague to Paris & Splendours of Europe

8 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2022
20 Nights From Prague, to Paris
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Budapest

Splendours of Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

21 sailing dates August 2021 to October 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Prague
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Miltenberg

Christmas Markets with Prague

1 sailing date November 2021
18 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam, Netherlands
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