Cologne, Germany

Cologne is situated on the river Rhein in North Rhine-Westphalia and is the fourth largest city in Germany. It is one of the nation's media, tourism and business hotspots.

Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom) is the city's most famous monument and the Cologne residents' most respected landmark. It is a Gothic church, started in 1248, and completed in 1880. In 1996, it was designated a World Heritage site; it houses the Shrine of the Three Kings that supposedly contains the relics of the Three Magi. Also worth seeing are the city’s twelve Romanesque churches. These buildings are outstanding examples of medieval church architecture. The origins of some of the churches go back as far as Roman times.

Cologne has several museums. The famous Roman-Germanic Museum features art and architecture from the city's distant past; the Museum Ludwig houses one of the most important collections of modern art in Europe, including a Picasso collection matched only by the museums in Barcelona and Paris. The Schnütgen Museum of religious art is housed in St. Cecilia, one of Cologne's Twelve Romanesque churches.

Things to See & Do

* Kölner Dom - Cathedral
* Veedel - City Quarters
* 12 Romanesque Churches
* Hohenzollern Bridge - also called the Locking Bridge
* Museums & galleries

General Information

Cruise Season – March to Dec
Currency – Euro (€) (EUR)
Language – German
Land Area – 405.15 km²
Population – 1,007,500 approx.
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 49

Port Location – Cologne Ports and Railways) (HGK) is one of the largest operators for inland ports in Germany. Ports include Köln-Deutz, Köln-Godorf and Köln-Niehl I and II. Köln-Düsseldorfer offers Rhine river cruises along the entire Rhine.

Travel Links – Cologne's international airport is Cologne/Bonn Airport. The airport is also the main hub of the airline Germanwings. The airport is approximately 15 minutes by S-Bahn (local train) to the center of Cologne.

Cologne is served by two major train stations - Köln Hauptbahnhof and Köln-Deutz. Cologne is linked with Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris by Thalys and ICE High Speed trains. Additionally, the Frankfurt airport has direct service to Cologne and is within one hour by ICE trains.

Cologne has an (inter)national bus station); it is located at Breslauer Platz on the north side of the Hauptbahnhof. Direct daily buses to Serbia and alternate daily buses to Montenegro.

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Cruises from Cologne, Germany

Cruise Date Duration
Charles Dickens, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 14/12/19 4 nts
Grace, Christmas Markets on the Rhine ex Cologne to Basel 15/12/19 7 nts
Oscar Wilde, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 15/12/19 4 nts
George Eliot, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 16/12/19 4 nts
Charles Dickens, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 18/12/19 4 nts
Amadeus Silver III, Christmas Cruise on the Rhine ex Cologne Return 22/12/19 6 nts
George Eliot, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 28/04/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 30/04/20 7 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 04/05/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 07/05/20 7 nts
Geoffrey Chaucer, Cruise the Heart of Europe ex Cologne to Budapest 07/05/20 14 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 11/05/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 14/05/20 7 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 25/05/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 28/05/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 04/06/20 7 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 08/06/20 7 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 15/06/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 18/06/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 25/06/20 7 nts
Brabant, Sailing the Scenic Moselle ex Cologne Return 28/06/20 7 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 29/06/20 7 nts
George Eliot, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 01/07/20 7 nts
Brabant, Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany ex Cologne to Basel 05/07/20 7 nts
Brabant, Tipples & Treasures of Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 05/07/20 14 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 06/07/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 09/07/20 7 nts
George Eliot, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 15/07/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 16/07/20 7 nts
Brabant, Sailing the Scenic Moselle ex Cologne Return 19/07/20 7 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 20/07/20 7 nts
George Eliot, Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 22/07/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 23/07/20 7 nts
Brabant, Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany ex Cologne to Basel 26/07/20 7 nts
Brabant, Tipples & Treasures of Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 26/07/20 14 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 27/07/20 7 nts
George Eliot, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 29/07/20 7 nts
Oscar Wilde, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 01/08/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 06/08/20 7 nts
Oscar Wilde, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 08/08/20 7 nts
Brabant, Sailing the Scenic Moselle ex Cologne Return 09/08/20 7 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 10/08/20 7 nts
Brabant, Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany ex Cologne to Basel 16/08/20 7 nts
Brabant, Tipples & Treasures of Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 16/08/20 14 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 17/08/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 20/08/20 7 nts
Oscar Wilde, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 22/08/20 7 nts
Amadeus Imperial, Rhine & Danube Symphony ex Cologne to Passau 26/08/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 27/08/20 7 nts
Brabant, Sailing the Scenic Moselle ex Cologne Return 30/08/20 7 nts
Emily Bronte, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 31/08/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 03/09/20 7 nts
Oscar Wilde, Rhine & Moselle River Cruise ex Cologne Return 05/09/20 7 nts
Brabant, Wines & Vineyards of Rural Germany ex Cologne to Basel 06/09/20 7 nts
Brabant, Tipples & Treasures of Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 06/09/20 14 nts
Emily Bronte, Cruise the Heart of Europe ex Cologne to Budapest 07/09/20 14 nts
Oscar Wilde, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 12/09/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 17/09/20 7 nts
Brabant, Sailing the Scenic Moselle ex Cologne Return 20/09/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 24/09/20 7 nts
George Eliot, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 24/09/20 7 nts
Oscar Wilde, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 26/09/20 7 nts
Brabant, Historic Gems of Germany ex Cologne to Regensburg 27/09/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 01/10/20 7 nts
Oscar Wilde, Rhine & Moselle River Cruise ex Cologne Return 03/10/20 7 nts
George Eliot, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 08/10/20 7 nts
Oscar Wilde, Rhine Cruise to Switzerland ex Cologne to Basel 10/10/20 7 nts
George Eliot, Rhine & Moselle ex Cologne Return 22/10/20 7 nts
Oscar Wilde, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg ex Cologne Return 24/10/20 7 nts
Oscar Wilde, Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg (Solo) ex Cologne Return 31/10/20 7 nts
Antoinette, Rhine Holiday Markets ex Cologne to Basel 28/11/20 7 nts
Amadeus Imperial, Magic of Advent on the Rhine ex Cologne to Strasbourg 28/11/20 4 nts
Charles Dickens, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 04/12/20 4 nts
Oscar Wilde, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 05/12/20 4 nts
Inspire, Christmas Markets on the Rhine 2020 ex Cologne to Basel 06/12/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 08/12/20 4 nts
Oscar Wilde, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 09/12/20 4 nts
Antoinette, Rhine Holiday Markets ex Cologne to Basel 12/12/20 7 nts
Charles Dickens, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 12/12/20 4 nts
Oscar Wilde, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 13/12/20 4 nts
Charles Dickens, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 16/12/20 4 nts
Oscar Wilde, Enchanting Rhine & Yuletide Markets ex Cologne Return 17/12/20 4 nts
Amadeus Imperial, Christmas Cruise on the Rhine ex Cologne Return 22/12/20 6 nts
Amadeus Imperial, New Year's Eve Cruise on the Rhine ex Cologne Return 28/12/20 7 nts
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