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Enjoy festive celebrations in the heart of Germany on this 2.5-hour Christmas Sunday brunch cruise in Cologne. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat in Cologne’s Old Town and enjoy a welcome drink of sparkling wine or orange juice. Cruise out onto the Rhine River as Christmas music fills the air. Gaze over top attractions such as the UNESCO–listed Cologne Cathedral, the bustling Old Town and the marina of Rheinauhafen. Sit down to a delicious buffet brunch of eggs, cold meats, pasta and fish as the city drifts slowly past outside. 


  • View the Cologne Cathedral in all its glory and the hustle-bustle of Old Town (Altstadt)
  • See Rheinauhafen with its marina and buildings shaped like construction cranes
  • Indulge in a lavish brunch buffet of hot and cold foods and decadent desserts
  • Listen to Christmas music and get into the holiday spirit!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

I can't imagine a better way to spend a winter's Sunday morning! While you float past Cologne's sights, the staff on board the cruise will make sure to put you in the proper Christmas mood!

What You Can Expect

Cologne Christmas Sunday Brunch Cruise

Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine on your cruise!

Bring your appetite and board your heated and covered boat at 10am to begin your festive Sunday cruise along the Rhine River. Christmas music will greet you as you inhale the delicious scents from the brunch buffet and enjoy your welcome drink of sparkling wine or orange juice.

Load up on a variety of hot and cold foods (see Itinerary for sample menu) including eggs, cold cuts, salads, pasta and fish. Sit back and relax as the city of Cologne glides by on either side. Behold stunning Cologne Cathedral, which has the largest façade of any church in the world. This stunning Gothic cathedral and UNESCO World Heritage Site is Germany’s most popular attraction.

Pass by colorful and vibrant Old Town (Altstadt) with its many restaurants and bars. And see Rheinauhafen, an urban redevelopment project that includes a marina and three architecturally distinctive buildings shaped like construction cranes.

Refill your plate as often as you like but be sure to leave room for dessert! Throughout your cruise, enjoy singing along to your favorite Christmas carols. By the time your 2.5-hour cruise along the Rhine River returns to its departure point, you’ll be ready to continue your day with independent sightseeing or Christmas shopping.


Sample menu:

Warm dishes
Scrambled eggs with bacon and fried sausages
Beef bouillon with root vegetables and small semolina dumplings
Christmas spiced roast ham in dark beer salsa
Tagliatelle / Spaghetti in creamy cheese sauce / bolognese
Various sides such as vegetables and potatoes

Cold dishes

Turkey, roast beef or pork
Melons with raw/cooked ham
Meatballs and chicken wings
Cold cuts of meat
Plate of smoked fish such as salmon or trout
Garden salads with dressing
Breads, rolls, baguettes, butter, jam, honey

Various mousses
Cherry with panna cotta cream
Pancakes with forest berries
Cheese platter

Customer Reviews

Carl W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Fantastic welcome as soon as we boarded the ship. Very friendly staff, good food and reasonable drinks prices. Shame about the weather but it was in December :-

Laura P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This trip was absolutely marvellous. We were delighted with the quality and style of the whole morning. The food was lovely, the service great and the boat was stunning. We had a great view and could even see the live entertainment. I would highly recommend this trip and Viator to anyone considering booking something of this nature. THANK YOU everyone from 6 very happy people in Cologne

axel s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015


jim d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

What a great time, staff fab, boat lovely,everything brill. I would recommend this trip

Peter C

4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

Good fun, good food, lovely weather for December.

James G

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

Tour was great. Plenty of food and drink. Nice atmosphere. And crew were all very cordial and polite. Only hitch was to find the place as along the Rhine is quiet long to walk. But nevertheless it was a very good experience.

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