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Cologne Cruises

The Rhine flows through the centre of Cologne, which has made this German city a powerful trading post for centuries. In fact, it was settled way back in 38 BC by the Romans, who named it Colonia. You’ll find loads of Roman ruins throughout the city and surrounding region to this day. Cologne’s Old Town gives way to its stunning Gothic cathedral, its most famous landmark. There’s plenty to see and do in Germany’s fourth-largest city. Sit back and enjoy a beer in an open-air café, visit the chocolate museum, or spend the day perusing modern art at the Museum Ludwig.



We have over 130 expert cruise consultants to help you book the perfect cruise. Many have first hand experience of Cologne and you can find some of their best tips and advice below.

Cruise Expert Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones


The City Centre was only a 10 minute walk from where we were moored so we walked in to the city. My mum and I found a lovely cafe in the cathedral square where we enjoyed another Rudesheimer Coffee and...


Cologne Cathedral is the city’s most recognisable attraction, looming over the old town with its impressive Gothic architecture. It was first constructed during the 13th century, and has earned UNESCO recognition for its unique features. It’s a bit of a hike to climb the 500 steps up to the top of the tower, but well worth the effort for the sweeping views.  

If you’re not up for climbing the Cathedral’s towers, another attraction with a view is the city gondola. The Kolner Seilbahn’s entrance is by the city zoo, and it takes you up high for views over the city landscape and Rhine river.

Whether you prefer chocolate or beer, Cologne aims to please! Visit the Paffgen Kolsch Brewery to taste a fresh pint of Kolsch where it’s been brewed for over a century. Another great place to enjoy a local brew is at the Brauhaus im Walfisch, featuring charming gabled architecture and plenty of delicious schnitzels. The city also boasts a chocolate factory and museum, with fun displays showcasing the history of the sweet stuff.

Shopping is another prime pastime in Cologne, particularly along its pedestrianised streets like Hohe Strasse. Here you’ll find the usual European favourites like H&M and Mango along with more local boutiques, from Stollwerck chocolatiers to favourite German department store Galeria Kaufhof.

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