As far as river cruises go there are not many that can match the Rhine for a variety of reasons. This includes some scenic beauty that is unmatched anywhere else in the world.
We are going to have a look at Cologne and why it should be considered as a holiday destination in the near future especially if you are planning a cruise based getaway.
Being Germany’s fourth largest city and with the Rhine river intersecting the city – essentially splitting it in two – then the Roman established metropolis provides a great place to visit on a cruise holiday.
The city itself has played a major role in economic terms in the past given its strategic location along the Rhine river and it grew to become one of the main trading hubs in Europe during the Middle Ages. On a cruise that includes Cologne you can experience a great deal within the city itself.
This includes historic attractions such as the famous Cologne Cathedral that has the highest façade of any church on earth and over 30 museums and countless art galleries that make Cologne so cultural . Indeed, one of the best reasons for visiting Cologne is its traditional nature.
Even though a lot of the city was destroyed during the Second World War, much of it was rebuilt according to traditional specifications and design so you get a very enchanting mix of traditional architecture with a fairly modern feel.
Cologne is also a Great Place for Beer Fans!
In fact, beer fans should also strongly consider visiting Cologne. The city is famous for Kolsch, a Cologne based and brewed beer, that is famous in the area and there are dozens of other breweries and mirco-beers based around the city that are sold in bars, beer houses and restaurants.
The carnival in November (but is also split over several months and into different sections) is also something to be seen as it encompasses many different traditional and cultural events.
Many cruises are also now based around the Christmas markets that appear in December every year.
One of the biggest draws that Cologne has is that the touristy areas of the German city are actually quite small so you can navigate a lot of it just by walking around and 30 minutes is probably the most you will need to walk from your cruise ship.
Although a more adventurous way can be to hire a bicycle that many cruise ships offer but they are easily rentable around the city. If your cruise itinerary offers more adventurous excursions then the castle, Burg Konradsheim, can also be a great place to visit.
On a cruise itinerary including Cologne you can take in other cities and destinations that are further along the Rhine. This can be Bonn, Mainz or even smaller ports of call such as the wine town of Rüdesheim.