in Cologne, Germany

Rhine River Cruise: Cologne to Königswinter with Sightseeing


Cologne, Germany

46.99 USD

1 - 9

8 hrs 30 mins


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Overview
  • Enjoy a scenic Rhine River cruise from Cologne to the resort city of Königswinter, at the foot of the beautiful Siebengebirge hills. After a journey down the water that takes in sights of romantic riverside villages and hilltop castles, choose to visit one of two Königswinter attractions. Either visit the family-friendly Sea Life aquarium or ride one of Germany’s oldest cogwheel railways up to the famous Drachenfels cliff, topped by fascinating ancient ruins of Drachenfels Castle.

Location
  • Around:
    • Cologne, Germany
  • Pickup: Cologne riverside

Categories
  • Day Cruises
  • Sightseeing Packages

Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 9:30 AM
  • Duration: 8 hrs 30 mins

Additional
  • Price per person: $46.99
  • Size: 1 - 9 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Audio

Inclusion
  • Round-trip cruise from Cologne to Königswinter and return.
    Onboard commentary

Exclusion
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
    Food and drinks

Cancellation
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Rhine River Cruise: Cologne to Königswinter with Sightseeing

Head to the Cologne riverside in the morning to board your boat. Then, sit back and relax on your 4-hour cruise along the beautiful Rhine River, the longest river in Germany. Enjoy views of the historical towns, hilltop castles and prehistoric fortifications that dot the waterfront while learning about the sights from your onboard guide.
Arrive in Königswinter, a resort city at the foot of the densely wooded Siebengebirge hills. Here you have between two and four hours of free time to enjoy lunch if you wish (own expense) and visit the attraction of your choice, as described below. At a prearranged time in the late afternoon or early evening, reboard your boat for a condensed 2.5-hour cruise back to Cologne.
Sea Life Aquarium Admission:
Get a look at the fascinating underwater world at Sea Life Königswinter, an aquarium home to more than 2,000 animals covering more than 120 species. See local and tropical sea dwellers such as stingrays and seahorses, watch animal feedings and walk through one of Germany’s rare 360-degree underwater glass tunnel to come face-to-face with sharks.
Drachnfels Railway Ride:
Ride one of Germany's oldest cogwheel railways up to the famous Drachenfels hill and stop at the middle station to admire the Drachenfels Castle ruins. This ancient fortress was built by Archbishop Arnold I of Cologne in the 1100s to protect the Cologne region, but was destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War in 1634 and was never rebuilt. Enjoy views over the Rhine Valley from the summit.

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Infants must sit on laps

Reviews

4.5 stars, based on 24 reviews
Ninno D
Ninno D

Get ready for a long day of relaxation and beautiful sights along the Rhine!

08/04/2018
Todd W
Todd W

Wonderful day long trip up the Rhine and back. So pretty and peaceful. We took the train up the mountain to the Drachenfels Cliffs and loved it! A must do in Colon

02/11/2017
GIRISH KUMAR RAMANADHAN
GIRISH KUMAR RAMANADHAN

We all really enjoyed this trip...

28/10/2017
Janet G
Janet G

Apart from the fact it rained most the day the trip was very pleasant. You can buy food and drink on board - a giid way to pass the time on the trip up the Rhine. Konigswinter is a very pretty town with lots of places to eat. There was a little festival going on in the main square whike we there. We took the cog railway up to Drachenberg Castle which was very interesting and had good views. We didn't see the ruins of the old Schloss which might have been higher.

05/10/2017
RosaMaria P
RosaMaria P

I enjoyed the cruise very much,service was excellent R P

29/09/2017
Andrew L
Andrew L

Very relaxing, a most pleasant experience.

13/09/2017
Margaret G
Margaret G

Lovely trip down the river in the sun. Konigswinter and the Drachenfels were really enjoyable, and the journey cruising down the Rhine on the deck in the sun was half the fun. The boat is very comfortable - and the trip was very good value. It would have been nicer perhaps to have a little bit more time in Konigswinter, we felt slightly pressured to be back in time for the return trip, though we did manage to do everything we wanted. Definitely recommended.

15/08/2017
David W
David W

The only things I would change is the amount of people on the ship. It was a little crowded once 2-3 stops were made.

11/08/2017
Jonoln
Jonoln

A very pleasant and relaxing trip down the Rhine. The ship was comfortable and there is good quality catering, beer, coffee etc which can be enjoyed while sailing peacefully to Konigswinter. There is just about enough time to see the ruined castle and at this late in the season, there was no late boat back. Nevertheless this suited well to get back around 18.00 and the day was thoroughly enjoyable.

08/10/2016
William D
William D

Not quite what we expected but the destination of Konigswinter is lovely. Definitely recommend the cog rail trip to Drachenfels and the walk to nearby Scloss Drachenburg. Boat was comfortable with table service food and wine.

23/09/2016
uschgraf
uschgraf

Es war ein wunderschöner Tag! Die Bootsfahrt und auch die Fahrt mit der Zahnradbahn auf den Deachenfels und Schloss Drachenburg waren sehr schön. Auch den Kindern hat es gut gefallen!!

12/09/2016
Thor O E
Thor O E

Overall, a very nice cruise! Trip to Konigswinter felt a little long with not much narration about what we were seeing. But Konigswinter and Drachenfels Cliff more than made up for it. Konigswinter is an exceedingly charming little town and the ruins at Drachenfels had spectacular views.

14/08/2016
Suellen K
Suellen K

Very nice tour overall. More narrative about the buildings along the Rhine would have been appreciated. The train to the top of the mountain was fun!

25/07/2016
William J
William J

Very relaxing and a great way to spend the day!

05/10/2015
Dale G
Dale G

The cruise was quite interesting. About the only problem with it is that many people taking this cruise seem to be there as a social event which means that the small amount of commentary given on the cruise was quite difficult to hear. A suggestion for this would be to provide headsets to listen and then to vastly add to the amount of commentary given.

09/09/2015
Paul B
Paul B

The cruise was very relaxing, romantic, and an enjoyable way to spend the day. The Sea Life visit was a small aquarium, with a moderate variety of see animals. I gave 4 stars because the return boat was over an hour late on arriving, however I was told that this was partly related to the low water levels on the Rhine. Overall, great experience, and would do it again!

18/08/2015
Alwyn v
Alwyn v

Extremely good value for money. Highly recommended.

02/08/2015
Mary E
Mary E

This was a lovely way to spend a day away from the city of Cologne if you have already seen the other sights. The boat takes a leisurely trip down the Rhine to Konigswinter, with some commentary along the way. Plenty of cold drinks and bratwurst and other German delights being cooked fresh at lunch on the deck extra cost. We had about 2 hours to visit Drachenfels Cliff, we walked to the cog railway station which does not take long there is a little tram that will take you if you dont want to walk for a small fare. We took the cog train to the ruins and had a look around. There is a steep climb to the very top. We walked back down to the modern castle but sadly did not have time to visit that inside. There is a lovely view point of the new castle on the way down. The only reason i would not give this 5 stars is that we would have liked longer at Drachenfels.

22/07/2015
Chandrasekhar N
Chandrasekhar N

Good Experience but there should be better and specific directions on getting to the correct landing when boarding and also on the cog rail directions.

26/06/2015
Dixie F
Dixie F

It was great we loved the castle defiantly a must see!!

19/06/2015
Waleed E
Waleed E

The boat ride was nice and konigswinter view was breathtaking. I take a point because there was no live guide like mentioned, and even the recorded audio only spoke for the first 5 minutes through speakers and sound was low and unhearable. It's not a guided tour but simply a 4 hour scenic ferry ride

15/06/2015
Janet R
Janet R

Tour was amazing. The view at the top of the Drachenfels Cliff was so beautiful. Well worth it.

14/06/2015
Julie F
Julie F

Very organised on time and staff very friendly

31/05/2015
ruthkringle24
ruthkringle24

Enjoyed the great views of the river. The walk up to the cliffs ride was hard on us. I wish there had been transportation to get there. There was a misunderstanding about the time we needed to be back and we were really early so we didn't miss the boat back. Beautiful views.

29/05/2015
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