Cologne

Old building on the Rhine embankment in Cologn, Germany with Great St Martin church
Old building on the Rhine embankment in Cologn, Germany with Great St Martin church

Situated on the Rhine River in the centre of the Rhine-Rhur region, charming Cologne is the beating heart of the beautiful Rhineland. Originally founded over 2,000 years ago by the Ubii tribe, Cologne was once the largest city in the Holy Roman Empire and served as a major trade route throughout the Middle Ages. In recent years the city has been extensively rebuilt and restructured, and is now one of the most important historical and cultural centres in Europe.

With such a rich history and heritage, Cologne is a picture book of fascinating highlights and experiences. The city’s most iconic site is without doubt the magnificent UNESCO-listed Cathedral, which has long been considered Germany’s single most popular attraction. The soaring gothic spires of this incredible 13th century structure can be seen from all over the city, however visiting the cathedral is a must to marvel at its spectacular architecture up-close and uncover the treasures within. [ReadMore]

The city’s many other must-visit sights and attractions include the impressive Hohenzollern Bridge, which spans the Rhine near the cathedral; a collection of 12 glorious Romanesque churches including St Kunibert, St Severin and St Andreas; the beautiful Forstbotanischer botanical garden; and several galleries and museums such as the Fragrance Museum and Museum Ludwig, which boasts one of the Europe’s finest Picasso collections. For a taste of the local culture – and of the local brew – be sure to stop by Altstadt district, where bustling pubs and beer halls serve the city’s famous sweet pale ale, Kölsch.

Cruises to Cologne

Schloss Drachenburg Castle in Konigswinter on the Rhine river, Germany Schloss Drachenburg Castle in Konigswinter on the Rhine river, Germany

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle • R2103

 Cologne
Brabant
Sat 24 Apr 2021
7 nights
  • A journey of scenic beauty, history and culture, devoted to the Rhine and Moselle’s most charming, beautiful and engrossing regions and destinations.
  • Uncover the best of the Moselle, including Cochem, home to Reichsburg Castle; Bernkastel-Kues, with its welcoming wine taverns; and the glorious countryside scenery of the Moselle Valley.
  • On the Rhine, you’ll revel in the diverse delights of the Rhine Gorge; see majestic Marksburg Castle – by day and night – in Braubach; and visit Rüdesheim, renowned for its wine production.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Scenic views into Wachau valley, Danube river Scenic views into Wachau valley, Danube river

Historic Voyage from the Danube to the Rhine • R2109

 Budapest
Brabant
Thu 24 Jun 2021
13 nights
  • Sailing to scenic regions and historic cities in four countries via the Danube and Rhine, you’re in for an unforgettable, immensely rewarding voyage.
  • See the night-lights of Budapest, and explore the Hungarian capital by day too; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and revel in scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley.
  • Take in the charms of Passau, Regensburg and Würzburg on the Main, before finally visiting Rüdesheim – famed for its history and wines – and enchanting Koblenz on the Rhine.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Deutsches Eck - headland where the Moselle joins the Rhine, Koblenz, Germany Deutsches Eck - headland where the Moselle joins the Rhine, Koblenz, Germany

The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg • R2110

 Cologne
Brabant
Wed 07 Jul 2021
7 nights
  • Sailing three different sections of the sublime Moselle River, all the way from Germany to Luxembourg and back, you’ll discover scenic, architectural and cultural highlights aplenty.
  • Take in the landmarks of Cochem and Koblenz, such as Reichsburg Castle and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; taste local wines in Bernkastel-Kues; and uncover Traben Trarbach’s ‘underground world’.
  • Explore famous wineries and exotic gardens in Luxembourg, and revel in views of picturebook scenery as you journey through the beautiful Lower Moselle and Middle Moselle valleys.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Marksburg castle ariel view, Braubach, River Rhine Marksburg castle ariel view, Braubach, River Rhine

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle • R2111

 Cologne
Brabant
Wed 14 Jul 2021
7 nights
  • A journey of scenic beauty, history and culture, devoted to the Rhine and Moselle’s most charming, beautiful and engrossing regions and destinations.
  • Uncover the best of the Moselle, including Cochem, home to Reichsburg Castle; Bernkastel-Kues, with its welcoming wine taverns; and the glorious countryside scenery of the Moselle Valley.
  • On the Rhine, you’ll revel in the diverse delights of the Rhine Gorge; see majestic Marksburg Castle – by day and night – in Braubach; and visit Rüdesheim, renowned for its wine production.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Marksburg castle at night, Braubach, River Rhine Marksburg castle at night, Braubach, River Rhine

The Complete Rhine • R211112

 Cologne
Brabant
Wed 14 Jul 2021
14 nights
  • Embark on a magical fortnight-long discovery of the Rhine, taking in fairytale-esque scenes of beautiful valleys and famous vineyards, as well as historic, culture-rich towns and cities.
  • Highlights include a chance to see Braubach’s Marksburg Castle lit up at night; sample some of Germany’s finest wines in Rüdesheim; and cruise the fabled Rhine Gorge.
  • There are also chances to explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed heart; seek-out spectacular St Stephen’s Cathedral in Speyer; marvel at the Middle Rhine Valley; and much more.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Traditional half timbered hourses in Petitie France, Strasbourg, France Traditional half timbered hourses in Petitie France, Strasbourg, France

The Rhine and its Historic Highlights • R2112

 Mainz
Brabant
Wed 21 Jul 2021
7 nights
  • An absorbing journey of discovery along the beautiful Rhine, bringing some of the river’s most iconic and historic highlights into focus, makes a memorable adventure.
  • Enjoy ample time to explore Strasbourg, with its cobbled streets canals and delights such as Cathédrale Notre-Dame, and Speyer, home of the impressive St Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • You can take in the centuries-old sites of Worms, including Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery; ride a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and explore Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Brabant cruising the Middle Moselle river Brabant cruising the Middle Moselle river

The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg • R2113

 Cologne
Brabant
Wed 28 Jul 2021
7 nights
  • Sailing three different sections of the sublime Moselle River, all the way from Germany to Luxembourg and back, you’ll discover scenic, architectural and cultural highlights aplenty.
  • Take in the landmarks of Cochem and Koblenz, such as Reichsburg Castle and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; taste local wines in Bernkastel-Kues; and uncover Traben Trarbach’s ‘underground world’.
  • Explore famous wineries and exotic gardens in Luxembourg, and revel in views of picturebook scenery as you journey through the beautiful Lower Moselle and Middle Moselle valleys.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Reichsburg Cochem on the Moselle valley Reichsburg Cochem on the Moselle valley

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle • R2114

 Cologne
Brabant
Wed 04 Aug 2021
7 nights
  • A journey of scenic beauty, history and culture, devoted to the Rhine and Moselle’s most charming, beautiful and engrossing regions and destinations.
  • Uncover the best of the Moselle, including Cochem, home to Reichsburg Castle; Bernkastel-Kues, with its welcoming wine taverns; and the glorious countryside scenery of the Moselle Valley.
  • On the Rhine, you’ll revel in the diverse delights of the Rhine Gorge; see majestic Marksburg Castle – by day and night – in Braubach; and visit Rüdesheim, renowned for its wine production.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Vineyards, Rudesheim am Rhein, River rhine Vineyards, Rudesheim am Rhein, River rhine

The Complete Rhine • R211415

 Cologne
Brabant
Wed 04 Aug 2021
14 nights
  • Embark on a magical fortnight-long discovery of the Rhine, taking in fairytale-esque scenes of beautiful valleys and famous vineyards, as well as historic, culture-rich towns and cities.
  • Highlights include a chance to see Braubach’s Marksburg Castle lit up at night; sample some of Germany’s finest wines in Rüdesheim; and cruise the fabled Rhine Gorge.
  • There are also chances to explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed heart; seek-out spectacular St Stephen’s Cathedral in Speyer; marvel at the Middle Rhine Valley; and much more.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Pont converts in Petite France, Strasbourg Pont converts in Petite France, Strasbourg

The Rhine and its Historic Highlights • R2115

 Mainz
Brabant
Wed 11 Aug 2021
7 nights
  • An absorbing journey of discovery along the beautiful Rhine, bringing some of the river’s most iconic and historic highlights into focus, makes a memorable adventure.
  • Enjoy ample time to explore Strasbourg, with its cobbled streets canals and delights such as Cathédrale Notre-Dame, and Speyer, home of the impressive St Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • You can take in the centuries-old sites of Worms, including Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery; ride a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and explore Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Wonderful landscapes from the wine road along the Moselle river in Luxembourg Wonderful landscapes from the wine road along the Moselle river in Luxembourg

The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg • R2116

 Cologne
Brabant
Wed 18 Aug 2021
7 nights
  • Sailing three different sections of the sublime Moselle River, all the way from Germany to Luxembourg and back, you’ll discover scenic, architectural and cultural highlights aplenty.
  • Take in the landmarks of Cochem and Koblenz, such as Reichsburg Castle and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; taste local wines in Bernkastel-Kues; and uncover Traben Trarbach’s ‘underground world’.
  • Explore famous wineries and exotic gardens in Luxembourg, and revel in views of picturebook scenery as you journey through the beautiful Lower Moselle and Middle Moselle valleys.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Marksburg castle ariel view, Braubach, River Rhine Marksburg castle ariel view, Braubach, River Rhine

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle • R2117

 Cologne
Brabant
Wed 25 Aug 2021
7 nights
  • A journey of scenic beauty, history and culture, devoted to the Rhine and Moselle’s most charming, beautiful and engrossing regions and destinations.
  • Uncover the best of the Moselle, including Cochem, home to Reichsburg Castle; Bernkastel-Kues, with its welcoming wine taverns; and the glorious countryside scenery of the Moselle Valley.
  • On the Rhine, you’ll revel in the diverse delights of the Rhine Gorge; see majestic Marksburg Castle – by day and night – in Braubach; and visit Rüdesheim, renowned for its wine production.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Timbered buildings in Petite France, Strasbourg Timbered buildings in Petite France, Strasbourg

The Complete Rhine • R211718

 Cologne
Brabant
Wed 25 Aug 2021
14 nights
  • Embark on a magical fortnight-long discovery of the Rhine, taking in fairytale-esque scenes of beautiful valleys and famous vineyards, as well as historic, culture-rich towns and cities.
  • Highlights include a chance to see Braubach’s Marksburg Castle lit up at night; sample some of Germany’s finest wines in Rüdesheim; and cruise the fabled Rhine Gorge.
  • There are also chances to explore Strasbourg’s UNESCO-listed heart; seek-out spectacular St Stephen’s Cathedral in Speyer; marvel at the Middle Rhine Valley; and much more.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Cathedral in Speyer, Germany Cathedral in Speyer, Germany

The Rhine and its Historic Highlights • R2118

 Mainz
Brabant
Wed 01 Sep 2021
7 nights
  • An absorbing journey of discovery along the beautiful Rhine, bringing some of the river’s most iconic and historic highlights into focus, makes a memorable adventure.
  • Enjoy ample time to explore Strasbourg, with its cobbled streets canals and delights such as Cathédrale Notre-Dame, and Speyer, home of the impressive St Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • You can take in the centuries-old sites of Worms, including Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery; ride a cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz; and explore Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Brabant docked in Cochem, Germany Brabant docked in Cochem, Germany

The Scenic Moselle & Rhine to Luxembourg • R2119

 Cologne
Brabant
Wed 08 Sep 2021
7 nights
  • Sailing three different sections of the sublime Moselle River, all the way from Germany to Luxembourg and back, you’ll discover scenic, architectural and cultural highlights aplenty.
  • Take in the landmarks of Cochem and Koblenz, such as Reichsburg Castle and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; taste local wines in Bernkastel-Kues; and uncover Traben Trarbach’s ‘underground world’.
  • Explore famous wineries and exotic gardens in Luxembourg, and revel in views of picturebook scenery as you journey through the beautiful Lower Moselle and Middle Moselle valleys.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
View of the Drachenfel castle, River Rhine View of the Drachenfel castle, River Rhine

Scenic Gems of the Rhine & Moselle • R2120

 Cologne
Brabant
Wed 15 Sep 2021
7 nights
  • A journey of scenic beauty, history and culture, devoted to the Rhine and Moselle’s most charming, beautiful and engrossing regions and destinations.
  • Uncover the best of the Moselle, including Cochem, home to Reichsburg Castle; Bernkastel-Kues, with its welcoming wine taverns; and the glorious countryside scenery of the Moselle Valley.
  • On the Rhine, you’ll revel in the diverse delights of the Rhine Gorge; see majestic Marksburg Castle – by day and night – in Braubach; and visit Rüdesheim, renowned for its wine production.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Ladies on deck, Brabant Ladies on deck, Brabant

Mystery Cruise • R2102

 Amsterdam
Brabant
Sat 17 Apr 2021
7 nights
  • Where will Brabant sail to on this unique mystery river cruise? The only way to find out the itinerary for this memorable and rewarding adventure is to join us on board.
  • Whichever rivers you sail, there will be interesting and immersive destinations packed with highlights to discover and explore.
  • We can tell you that you’ll sail from Amsterdam to Cologne, and get to enjoy all the comfort, food, entertainment and conversation on your smaller-sized ship along the way.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.