City breaks along the Rhine

Cologne has many different faces: it’s a university town, a media hub, a city of art and an economic powerhouse with one of Germany’s largest exhibition centres. In short, Cologne lives and breathes history and culture, with something to discover around every corner.

Thanks to its cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), 12 Romanesque churches and Roman sites, this old city on the Rhine has become a major centre of Western cultural heritage. And when it comes to having a good time, there’s nowhere else quite like Cologne. Every celebration – whether it’s a television gala, a press ball, a carnival party or a student club night – is guaranteed to feature Kölsch, the local top-fermented beer.

Travel to Cologne on an A-ROSA river cruise

Step aboard one of the A-ROSA cruise ships, and discover the city of Cologne from the water. You’ll travel along the Rhine to Amsterdam, Basel or Antwerp.

During your Rhine cruise, the A-ROSA AQUA, the A-ROSA SILVA and the A-ROSA FLORA will dock directly in central Cologne. You can walk into town, where you can kick off your visit straight away by visiting the famous Cologne Cathedral.

Why not pop into one of the many bars in the old town and enjoy a glass of draught Kölsch beer?

Then, discover even more of Cologne with A-ROSA by visiting the Chocolate Museum or the Museum Ludwig.

A-ROSA river cruises to Cologne

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine Christmas Markets South

4

nights

Rhine Christmas Markets South International

From Cologne to Mannheim, Strasbourg (Kehl) and Mainz to Cologne.

from 469 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine Enchanting Christmas Markets

4

nights

Rhine Enchanting Christmas Markets International

From Cologne to Rüdesheim, Mainz, Frankfurt, Cruising Day and Koblenz to Cologne.

from 589 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine Christmas South

4

nights

Rhine Christmas South International

From Cologne to Mainz, Strasbourg (Kehl) and Koblenz to Cologne.

from 799 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine Mini Cruise Amsterdam & Rotterdam

4

nights

Rhine Mini Cruise Amsterdam & Rotterdam International

From Cologne to Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Cruising Day to Cologne.

from 469 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine Mini Cruise Netherlands

4

nights

Rhine Mini Cruise Netherlands International

From Cologne to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Nijmegen to Cologne.

from 469 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Mini Cruise Romance on the Rhine

4

nights

Mini Cruise Romance on the Rhine International

From Cologne to Worms, Mannheim, Strasbourg (Kehl), Mainz and Koblenz to Cologne.

from 469 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine Christmas North

5

nights

Rhine Christmas North International

From Cologne to Antwerp, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf to Cologne.

from 849 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Romance on the Rhine

5

nights

Romance on the Rhine International

From Cologne to Mainz, Speyer, Strasbourg (Kehl) and Koblenz to Cologne.

from 749 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine Metropolises

5

nights

Rhine Metropolises International

From Cologne to Antwerp, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf to Cologne.

from 749 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Experience the Moselle

5

nights

Experience the Moselle International

From Cologne to Cochem, Bernkastel-Kues, Trier-Mehring and Koblenz to Cologne.

from 879 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine New Year's South

6

nights

Rhine New Year's South International

From Cologne to Rüdesheim, Strasbourg (Kehl), Frankfurt, Koblenz and Cologne to Mainz.

from 1.279 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine in Flames St. Goar

7

nights

Rhine in Flames St. Goar

From Cologne to Koblenz, St. Goar, Strasbourg (Kehl), Basel, Breisach and Mainz to Cologne.

from 1.499 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine in Flames Oberwesel

7

nights

Rhine in Flames Oberwesel

From Cologne to Boppard, Oberwesel, Mainz, Strasbourg (Kehl), Breisach and Cruising Day to Cologne.

from 1.499 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine in Flames Koblenz

7

nights

Rhine in Flames Koblenz

From Cologne to Koblenz, Cruising Day, Breisach, Strasbourg (Kehl) and Mainz to Cologne.

from 1.699 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise, Main River Cruise: Romance on the Main from Cologne

7

nights

Romance on the Main from Cologne International

From Cologne to Frankfurt, Wertheim, Würzburg, Bamberg and Nuremberg to Regensburg.

from 1.499 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise, Moselle River Cruise: Romance on Rhine & Moselle

7

nights

Romance on Rhine & Moselle International

From Cologne to Koblenz, Mainz, Rüdesheim, Bernkastel-Kues, Trier-Mehring and Cochem to Cologne.

from 1.499 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Experience the Southern Rhine

7

nights

Experience the Southern Rhine International

From Cologne to Mainz, Strasbourg (Kehl), Basel, Breisach and Koblenz to Cologne.

from 1.299 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Experience the Northern Rhine

7

nights

Experience the Northern Rhine International

From Cologne to Ijsselmeer, Hoorn, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Gent, Antwerp and Nijmegen to Cologne.

from 1.229 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Rhine Panorama

9

nights

Rhine Panorama International

From Cologne to Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Cruising Day, Koblenz, Speyer, Strasbourg (Kehl), Mainz and Rüdesheim to Cologne.

from 1.899 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise: Experience the Rhine and the Sea

9

nights

Experience the Rhine and the Sea International

From Cologne to Hoorn, Harlingen, Lelystad, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Gent, Antwerp, Nijmegen, Cologne and Ijsselmeer to Wadden Sea.

from 5.299 p. p.

To Rhine River Cruise, Moselle River Cruise: Experience the Northern Rhine and Moselle

9

nights

Experience the Northern Rhine and Moselle International

From Cologne to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Cruising Day, Cochem, Bernkastel-Kues, Trier-Mehring and Koblenz to Cologne.

from 2.049 p. p.

The best sights and destinations in Cologne

Cologne Cathedral

Today, Cologne Cathedral is still one of the most important buildings in the Christian world. The walls of this masterfully designed place of worship give way to large window areas and delicate tracery. The Gero Crucifix on the north side of the ambulatory is one of the oldest remaining large-scale sculptures from the Middle Ages, and the window designed by Gerhard Richter is one of the most recent highlights.

The Chocolate Museum

The Chocolate Museum sits like a ship made of glass and metal in the Rheinauhafen, directly in front of the old town and close to Cologne Cathedral. Special facilities for children make for an unforgettable visit: youngsters can go on a tour and learn everything worth knowing about this sweet treat at the chocolate school. They can also take part in special chocolate workshops and have a go at making their own.

Museum Ludwig

This building houses Cologne’s entire 20th- and 21st-century municipal art collection and is considered the city’s flagship museum. It is named after the collectors Irene and Peter Ludwig, who donated their pop art collection to the city in 1968. Thanks to a generous gift by Irene Ludwig in 2001, following Peter’s death, the museum now has the world’s third-largest Picasso collection, among others.

The old town

South of Cologne Cathedral is Roncalliplatz, with Heinzelmännchenbrunnen on its south-west corner. From here, the old town stretches down to the river, with its cobbled squares and winding alleyways all eventually leading to the Frankenwerft – a promenade along the Rhine lined with typical bars, restaurants and small shops.