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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 Highlights with Bruges from Brussels

1 sailing date June 2021
11 Nights From Bruges, Belgium to Switzerland , Basel
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Bruges

Rhine Highlights with Bruges Basel - Brussels

1 sailing date July 2021
11 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to Belgium , Bruges
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Breisach

Christmas Markets on the Rhine -Amsterdam to Basel

1 sailing date December 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Strasbourg

Jewels of the Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

16 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Amsterdam

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Zurich

2 sailing dates April 2021 to June 2021
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Koln

Rhine Christmas Markets - Amsterdam to Zurich

1 sailing date December 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Rudesheim

Yuletide Markets River

7 sailing dates January 2021 to February 2021
4 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Amsterdam

Amsterdam To Frankfurt

6 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Frankfurt
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Bamberg

Prague to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
23 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Hoorn

Frankfurt to Amsterdam

6 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Frankfurt, to Amsterdam
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Belgrade

Rhine, Main & Danube

4 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
22 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
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Rudesheim

The Glacier Express and Sounds of the 60s and 70s

1 sailing date October 2021
11 Nights From Geneva, Switzerland, to Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Sounds of the 60s on the Rhine

2 sailing dates September 2021 to October 2021
5 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Amsterdam

Christmas Markets of Europe Amsterdam to Prague

1 sailing date
17 Nights From , to
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Heidelberg

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

14 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Passau

Grand Europe - Budapest To Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2021
16 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
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Würzburg

Magical Christmas Markets With Imperial Europe

1 sailing date
22 Nights From , to
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Vienna

Festive Christmas Markets With Magnificent Europe

1 sailing date
21 Nights From , to
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Berlin

Festive Christmas Markets with Magnificent Europe

1 sailing date
21 Nights From , to
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Passau

From the Black Sea to the North Sea

2 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2021
26 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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