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Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

1. Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

Enjoy a festive and romantic winter cruise along the Rhine River with live music and a hot beverage of your choice. Get great views from the panorama boat of Cologne’s skyline, which is beautifully decorated during the holiday season. See some of Cologne's most iconic sites like the famous church "Groß St. Martin", the former Rheinau Harbour with the three crane houses and, of course, Cologne Cathedral. Listen to musicians play festive music and sip on a cup of "Glühwein" (hot wine punch), coffee, or hot chocolate.

Cologne: Advent River Cruise on the Rhine

2. Cologne: Advent River Cruise on the Rhine

Get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a holiday cruise on Cologne’s Rhine River. Hop on a festively decorated ship and explore the water with Santa on board. Celebrate the Advent season with live music and sweet treats. For the little ones, Santa will bring gifts. While the city center of Cologne sinks into the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle, you can enjoy the quieter side of the Advent season on the ship: colorful lights on the banks, festive live music, and sweets. Embrace the Christmas spirit as you take in the beautiful view of the city panorama. Look forward to a real Christmas wonderland on board during this elaborately decorated event. Thousands of lights, huge Christmas balls, and snow-white garlands create a unique, festive atmosphere. Bring little ones to join in on the holiday fun and receive a surprise from Santa. 

Cologne: Top Sights Rhine River Cruise

3. Cologne: Top Sights Rhine River Cruise

See Cologne's top sights from the water on a city cruise. Spot the world-famous Cologne Cathedral, cruise under 5 bridges, and take in the running commentary from the ship's speakers. Start your Rhine cruise with the ship MS Rheinperle, MS Rheinland, or MS Rheintreue. After taking in a view of the iconic Cologne Cathedral and Old Town, cruise to the Rheinauhafen, where you can spot its distinctive crane houses. Pass under 5 bridges to reach Rodenkirchen in the south. The cruise will then take you to the main sights of the city north of the Dome, such as the Zoobrücke bridge. During the cruise, discover more about the sights of Cologne with on-board commentary and English and German. If you want, relax with a local Kölsch beer or a strong coffee and a piece of cake.

Cologne: Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise with Beverage

4. Cologne: Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise with Beverage

Enjoy the charming sights of Cologne from a heated boat on the Rhine River. Sip on a glass of Kölsch or a hot beverage as you take in the atmosphere.  View some of Cologne's most spectacular architecture, like the Groß St. Martin Church, the former Rheinau harbour with the three crane houses and, of course, Cologne Cathedral.  Listen to a musician play both traditional and modern tunes live. Drink some cold local beer, tea, or coffee.

Cologne: Rhine River Cruise Through the Old Town

5. Cologne: Rhine River Cruise Through the Old Town

See Cologne's top sights from the water on a city cruise. Admire views of the world-famous Cologne Cathedral from the water and dive deeper into the sites with the running commentary from the ship's loudspeakers. Start your Rhine cruise by boarding on of the spacious river boats, the MS Rheinperle, the MS Rheinland, or the MS Rheintreue. Set off on your sightseeing adventure. Capture pictures of views of the iconic Cologne Cathedral and Old Town, cruise to the Rheinauhafen where the Schokoladenmuseum and Sportmuseum are located. Pass by the distinctive crane houses of the harbor area. Pass under 5 bridges to reach the Rodenkirchen borough in the south. During the cruise, discover more about the sights of Cologne with on-board commentary in both English and German.  Indulge in an onboard treat with the option to purchase a local Kölsch beer or a strong coffee and a piece of cake. Return to your meeting point at the end of your relaxing cruise. 

Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

6. Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

Discover some of Cologne’s harbors and their facilities on a harbor cruise. Listen to interesting facts about how the harbor functions from your local guide en route. Sit back and relax as you take in the sights from the water, as you make your way in and out of harbors like the Niehl container harbor—one of Germany's largest inland ones. Become a pro at the history of the Rheinau Harbor, hear fascinating insights about the Deutz and Mülheim harbors, and head into the Niehl container harbor, one of Germany’s largest inland harbors on this cruise. During your cruise, listen as your guide offers information and exciting anecdotes about Cologne's harbors, their history, dates, and figures.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11 reviews

This was a very relaxed river cruise which we enjoyed immensely. I would suggest a simple pictorial map showing the different important buildings along the way. This will obviously include the Dom, Radhuis, Bastei, names of bridges, some names of churches on the shore line. There is a house called Villa Malta which would have been quite interesting for the thirty or so visitors from Malta whom we accidentally met on the ferry. This map is quite easy to produce, and distribute as an advert similar to the one provided by Batobus on the Seine in Paris. Thanks.

Nice time spent on the ship with live music and mulled wine. In addition, guests can also purchase additional food and drinks for a fee. The ticket does not have to be converted into a ticket from the shipping company beforehand. Simply scanning the Qr code on the ship is enough. The musician had a pleasant tone and sang beautiful Christmas carols.

It's unbelievable how much they have to offer at such a reasonable price! We took the 4pm ride and it was perfect because you could see an amazing view during daylight, watch a beautiful sunset and enjoy the night lights towards the end of the trip. The live music and warm cup of coffee perfected the vibe.

Excellent river cruise. Really relaxing. Good music and drinks. A good memory of our trip to Cologne in winter time. Recommended

smooth ride with good mulled wine and decent food (not included in the price)