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With more than two thousand years of history, Cologne is one of Germany's most significant cultural centers, especially for its signature Gothic architecture. Straddling the Rhine River, this city is home to a magnificent twin-spired Gothic cathedral, recognized in 1996 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, no trip to Cologne is complete without a stop in the Fragrance Museum and the birthplace of Eau de Cologne. Cologne is the embarking and departure point for many of our Rhine River cruises, which vary from 4 days all the way to two weeks so that you can either combine this journey with another European cruise or decide to spend more time in the ancient Rhineland of historic Germany. Some of the longer cruises even visit neighboring France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Contact us to get started planning!
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10 Best Luxury Rhine River Cruises to Cologne for 2022-2023

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The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$467912Dec 23, 2022After spending two nights in both Zurich and Lucerne, Switzerland, board the MS Amaprima on an exclusive 7-day Rhine River cruise through the …
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Rhine & Moselle Fairytales$644918Mar 29, 2022Join the MS Amaprima on this unique adventure starting with an 11-night cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich, followed by three magical nights in Zurich. …
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Rhine Holiday Markets$30998Nov 28, 2022Switzerland, France and Germany provide the perfect backdrop for this true connoisseur’s Christmas market cruise. Embark the S.S. Antoinette from …
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Castles along the Rhine$29998Mar 20, 2022Cruise along the Rhine for an amazing 8 days with the exquisite S.S. Antoinette. The Rhine River has Germany on one side and France on the other. …
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Captivating Rhine - Cruise Only$38998May 19, 2022Enjoy two days in Amsterdam, then embark on the MS Amalucia for an 8-day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, exploring the fascinating towns …
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Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise Only$34998Dec 6, 2022Enjoy a 7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel aboard the MS Amaprima. As you sail the Rhine River, visit classic Christmas markets, bike along …
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Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Cruise Only$409912Mar 29, 2022Board the MS Amaprima for an 11-night cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich. Enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours and in many cases, choose between …
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Rhine Highlights$45958May 18, 2022Visit delightful towns and cities along the Rhine river valley, such as Cologne, Koblenz, Mannheim, Strasbourg, and Baden-Baden on the way from …
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Rhine Christmas Markets$39958Dec 12, 2022Admire festive decorations and twinkling lights along streets and squares – even the Scenic Crystal will be decked out in all the Christmas finery. …
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Amsterdam Roundtrip: Christmas and New Year$574910Dec 24, 2022Ring in the New Year in atmospheric Amsterdam as you join the Crystal Bach for an unforgettable 10-day Rhine river cruise. Immerse yourself in the …
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Top 1 Deals on Rhine River Cruises for 2022-2023

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Rhine HighlightsSavings$45958May 18, 2022Visit delightful towns and cities along the Rhine river valley, such as Cologne, Koblenz, Mannheim, Strasbourg, and Baden-Baden on the way from …
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Cologne, Germany Highlights

From history to architecture, the storybook German city of Cologne seems to come straight out of a fairytale. Whether embarking here or simply passing through, this city is full of delights, including:
  • The twin-spired Gothic cathedral, immediately recognizable as one of Germany's foremost masterpieces of the Gothic period.
     
  • The Fragrance Museum, where you will see how cologne is made and how this city earned a reputation as one of the world's most aromatic destinations.

After getting to know this historic city, your cruise will continue on to other destinations along the Rhine River, from Germany's medieval cities to charming towns in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, and perhaps even France.
 
Popular Destinations in Cologne, Germany
Some of the most popular destinations frequently visited on a trip to Cologne, Germany are:
  • Fragrance Museum
  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Hohenzollern Bridge
  • The restored Old Town
  • St. Gereon’s Basilica
  • St. Maria im Kapitol Church
  • Belgian Quarter
  • Rheinauhafen District
  • Cologne Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Museums in Cologne, Germany
  • Ludwig Museum (contemporary & avant-garde art)
  • Romano-Germanic Museum
  • Wallraf-Richartz Museum (Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Impressionist art)
  • Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln
  • Kolumba Museum
  • Schnütgen Museum (medieval liturgical art)
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