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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, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

18 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne

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Rudesheim

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

18 sailing dates August 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Amsterdam

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

8 sailing dates October 2020 to September 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel

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Rudesheim

Christmas Wonderland

2 sailing dates December 2020 to December 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Rudesheim

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date May 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Bruges

Amsterdam, Cologne and the Best of Holland

4 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Amsterdam
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Bamberg

Nuremberg to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates June 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to , Amsterdam
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Passau

Vienna to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Vienna, Austria to , Amsterdam
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Bamberg

Grand German Sojourn

2 sailing dates September 2020 to May 2021
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Germany , Nuremberg
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Amsterdam

From The Black Sea To The North Sea

3 sailing dates October 2020 to September 2021
25 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Viviers

Rhine & Rhône Revealed

15 sailing dates September 2020 to October 2021
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to France , Port St. Louis, France
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Budapest

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest

5 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
14 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
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Koln

The Romantic Rhine Valley

1 sailing date August 2021
3 Nights From Cologne, Germany to , Strasbourg
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Rudesheim

Holland And The Romantic Rhine Valley

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

New Year Eve In Holland And Romantic Rhine Valley

1 sailing date December 2020
5 Nights From Amsterdam, to Strasbourg
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Rudesheim

Berlin to Strasbourg

1 sailing date October 2020
17 Nights From Berlin, Germany, to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg

Beethoven Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date October 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Strasbourg

Golf Cruise on the Rhine

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Speyer

New Year's Eve Cruise on the Rhine

2 sailing dates December 2020 to December 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Koblenz

Christmastime in Alsace & Germany

1 sailing date December 2020
6 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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