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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

Viking Cruises
Vienna

Grand European Tour - Budapest to Amsterdam

2 sailing dates November 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
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Viking Cruises
Melk

Grand European Tour - Amsterdam to Budapest

23 sailing dates October 2019 to November 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Riviera Travel
Boppard

Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg

13 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
7 Nights From Dusseldorf, Germany to Cologne
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Riviera Travel
Cochem

Rhine and Moselle - Cologne to Cologne

14 sailing dates October 2019 to October 2020
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Scenic River Cruises
Breisach

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Basel

9 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel

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AmaWaterways
Melk

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

5 sailing dates August 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest

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Riviera Travel
Budapest

Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest

4 sailing dates October 2019 to September 2020
14 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Hungary , Budapest
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Strasbourg

Enchanting Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

58 sailing dates August 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam

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APT Cruising
Amsterdam

15 Day Magnificent Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
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Nuremberg

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

3 sailing dates August 2019 to May 2020
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam

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Avalon Waterways
Basel

Romantic Rhine - Amsterdam to Basel

63 sailing dates September 2019 to December 2020
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel

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Tauck
Bratislava

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

5 sailing dates September 2019 to April 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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CroisiEurope
Basel

The Treasures of the Celebrated Rhine River

1 sailing date August 2020
8 Nights From Basel, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Bamberg

Amsterdam to Vienna

2 sailing dates April 2020 to May 2020
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Austria , Vienna
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Miltenberg

Amsterdam to Budapest

1 sailing date April 2020
18 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Picturesque Alsace and the Rhine

1 sailing date April 2020
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Romance on the Rhine and Moselle

2 sailing dates April 2020 to July 2020
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Picturesque Alsace and the Rhine

1 sailing date May 2020
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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The Rhine, Dutch and Belgian Cities at New Year

1 sailing date September 2020
6 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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Scenic Rhine Christmas Markets

1 sailing date December 2020
4 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Cologne
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