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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

Rudesheim

Amsterdam To Starsbourg

15 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
5 Nights From Amsterdam , to Strasbourg
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Basel

Amsterdam To Basel

25 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
7 Nights From Amsterdam , to Switzerland , Basel
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Strasbourg

New Year's Eve In Holland And In The Rhine Valley

1 sailing date December 2021
5 Nights From Amsterdam , to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg

Rhine And Dutch Christmas

1 sailing date December 2021
4 Nights From Strasbourg, to Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Photography in the Lorelei

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Andernach
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Cochem

Walking through the Romantic Rhineland

1 sailing date September 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Boppard

Copy of Majesty of the Middle Rhine

2 sailing dates June 2021 to August 2021
11 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Speyer

Christmas on the Rhine

1 sailing date December 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Dusseldorf

Christmas Markets of the Rhineland

1 sailing date December 2021
4 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Dusseldorf
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Basel

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

1 sailing date November 2022
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Budapest

European Gems - Prague to Paris

1 sailing date March 2021
21 Nights From Prague, to Paris
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Passau

Alpine Discovery & European Gems River Cruise

8 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2022
22 Nights From Lucerne, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Salzburg

Zurich to Paris

8 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2022
25 Nights From Zurich, to Paris
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Budapest

Edinburgh to Budapest

7 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
23 Nights From Leith (Edinburgh), to Hungary , Budapest
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Miltenberg

European Gems - Prague to Amsterdam

42 sailing dates April 2021 to November 2022
18 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Italian Treasures & European Gems Rome - Paris

11 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2022
27 Nights From Civitavecchia, to Paris
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Miltenberg

Eastern Europe & European Gems Prague - Paris

14 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
26 Nights From Prague, to Paris
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Amsterdam

European Gems - Amsterdam to Prague

37 sailing dates March 2021 to December 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam , to Prague
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Potsdam

Eastern Europe & European Gems from Prague

14 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
23 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

European Gems - Budapest to Paris

43 sailing dates April 2021 to December 2022
17 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Paris
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