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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

Strasbourg

Rhine & Moselle Christmas Markets -Amster to Basel

2 sailing dates December 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
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Breisach

Rhine & Moselle Christmas Markets -Basel to Amster

2 sailing dates December 2022 to December 2023
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Amsterdam To Basel

1 sailing date April 2023
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £9179pp
Rudesheim

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3629pp
Basel

Amsterdam To Basel

2 sailing dates July 2022 to April 2023
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £8079pp
Amsterdam

Basel To Amsterdam

1 sailing date July 2022
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £9099pp
Basel

Legendry Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates April 2022
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3629pp
Koblenz

Legendry Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2022
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £4199pp
Basel

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3479pp
Basel

Captivating Europe (Northbound)

1 sailing date April 2022
14 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £9839pp
Passau

Christmas Markets of Europe-Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date December 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest, Hungary
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3899pp
Dürnstein

Christmas Markets of Europe -Budapest to Amsterdam

1 sailing date November 2021
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary, Hungary to , Amsterdam
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3269pp
Heidelberg

Tulips & the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1999pp
Basel

Tulips & the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date April 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel, Switzerland
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1999pp
Bonn

Rolling On The Rhine - Frankfurt to Amsterdam

11 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2023
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Amsterdam
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Koln

Basel to Amsterdam

4 sailing dates June 2023 to November 2023
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
Crystal Cruises logo FROM £3189pp
Amsterdam

Basel to Amsterdam

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

Amsterdam To Basel

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

Basel To Amsterdam

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

Basel to Amsterdam

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

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