• Location: Cologne, Germany
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Experience the sights and sounds of the Rhine river, from Cologne to Königswinter, on this full-day sightseeing cruise. Enjoy live commentary and take in the scenic panorama of the majestic castles, churches and vineyards along the shores of the Rhine, then explore one of two popular Königswinter attractions. Choose between the Sea Life Königswinter Aquarium or ride the cog railway up to the Drachenfels, featuring the ancient ruins of Drachenfels Castle overlooking the Rhine Valley.

Highlights

  • Rhine River cruise from Cologne to Königswinter, plus an activity of your choice
  • Enjoy live onboard commentary about the Rhine’s historical waterfront sights
  • Discover the underwater world at Königswinter Sea Life aquarium, perfect for families
  • Ride a cogwheel railway up to the towering Drachenfels cliff
  • Visit the ancient ruins of Drachenfels Castle, overlooking the Rhine Valley

What You Can Expect

Rhine River Cruise: Cologne to Königswinter with Sightseeing

Drachenfels cliff and castle ruins

Head to Cologne’s riverside in the morning to board the boat, then relax on the 4-hour cruise along the scenic Rhine, the longest river in Germany. Enjoy live commentary and take in the scenic panorama of the majestic castles, churches and vineyards on the shoreline along the way.
Upon arrival in Königswinter, a summer resort city in the Rhein-Sieg district, there will be between two and four hours of free time. Enjoy lunch and wander at a leisurely pace, or choose to visit one of two popular local attractions, included as part of the cruise pass.
As one option, visit the the Sea Life Königswinter Aquarium, with more than 120 species and 2,000 animals in 36 fascinating displays. See the Octopus Cave, Jurassic Seas, the ghost ship with an open Ray tank and much more. Also, be sure to see Germany’s unique 360-degree, acrylic glass tunnel and touch a starfish or hold a crab in the interactive rockpool, if so inclined. It’s fantastic fun for the entire family.
The other option is to ride the cog railway up to the Drachenfels, a hill in the Siebengebirge uplands between Königswinter and Bad Honnef, featuring the ancient ruins of Drachenfels Castle overlooking the Rhine Valley.
At the designated time, reboard the cruise ship for a condensed, 2.5-hour cruise back to Cologne.

Customer Reviews

Ninno D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

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

Todd W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

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

GIRISH KUMAR ...  Saudi Arabia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We all really enjoyed this trip...

RosaMaria P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

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

Andrew L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Very relaxing, a most pleasant experience.

Margaret G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

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.

Jonoln

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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.

William J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very relaxing and a great way to spend the day!

Alwyn v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Extremely good value for money. Highly recommended.

Dixie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

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

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