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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 2024-2025

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The Enchanting Rhine - From Zurich to Amsterdam$487912Dec 22, 2023After 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 Holiday Markets$32998Dec 9, 2023Switzerland, 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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Rhine & Moselle Fairytales$758918May 13, 2024Join 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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Jewels of the Rhine$67908May 18, 2024Emerald Dawn hosts this exciting 8-day Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich. Biking, hiking, and urban exploration tours highlight this …
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Rhine Highlights$90908Apr 8, 2024Journey along the Rhine in all-inclusive luxury aboard Scenic Crystal. Visit delightful towns and cities along the Rhine river valley, such as …
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Castles along the Rhine$29998Mar 23, 2024Cruise the Rhine between France and Germany on this 8-day cruise aboard S.S. Antoinette. Alsace's mixed French-German ancestry gives it great …
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Jewels of the Rhine$73908Oct 8, 2024Discover the Rhine region's architecture, history, and natural beauty on this delightful cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland. Explore the …
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Rhine Christmas Markets$90908Dec 7, 2024Admire festive decorations and twinkling lights along streets and squares, and even the Scenic Crystal will be decked out in all its Christmas …
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The Enchanting Rhine - From Basel to Amsterdam$24998Feb 18, 2024Experience 8 days full of discovery and wonder on this complete cruise along the enchanting Rhine, one of Europe´s most fascinating rivers. Enjoy …
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Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Cruise Only$499912May 15, 2024Board 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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Top 10 Deals on Rhine River Cruises for 2024-2025

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Christmas Markets on the Rhine - Cruise OnlySavings$34998Dec 5, 2023Explore the Rhine River on this unique Christmas time festival river cruise on the MS Amacerto. Embark in Amsterdam and browse magical Christmas …
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Splendours of EuropeSavings$1119015Apr 27, 2024Join this 15-day Splendors of Europe cruise on the Emerald Sky from Amsterdam to Budapest. Cruise through the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, …
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Captivating Rhine - Cruise OnlySavings$23998Feb 11, 2024Enjoy 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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Jewels of the RhineSavings$67908May 18, 2024Emerald Dawn hosts this exciting 8-day Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Zurich. Biking, hiking, and urban exploration tours highlight this …
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Rhine & Moselle Fairytales - Cruise OnlySavings$499912May 15, 2024Board 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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Splendours of EuropeSavings$1219015May 10, 2024Embark on the 15-day Splendours of Europe cruise aboard the Emerald Destiny, traveling from Amsterdam to Budapest. Discover the wonders of the …
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The Enchanting Rhine - From Basel to AmsterdamSavings$24998Feb 18, 2024Experience 8 days full of discovery and wonder on this complete cruise along the enchanting Rhine, one of Europe´s most fascinating rivers. Enjoy …
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Jewels of the RhineSavings$73908Oct 8, 2024Discover the Rhine region's architecture, history, and natural beauty on this delightful cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland. Explore the …
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Captivating Rhine - Cruise OnlySavings$27998Mar 14, 2024Embark the MS Amasiena for a 8-day cruise from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, exploring the fascinating towns along the Rhine River, including …
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Christmas Markets on the RhineSavings$67908Dec 16, 2023Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard the Emerald Sun through Europe's most renowned cities, many of which host expansive traditional Christmas markets. A …
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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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