Guided tour

Cologne: The Melaten Cemetery, Life, Love and Death Tour

Activity provider: Kölngeflüster

Cologne: The Melaten Cemetery, Life, Love and Death Tour

Activity provider: Kölngeflüster
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Enjoy a guided tour of the Melaten Cemetery in Cologne, where love, life, death, city history, and art merge vividly into one.

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit Cologne's largest central cemetery, the former Cologne execution site and leper colony, in the middle of a beautiful park
  • Learn interesting facts and curiosities about historical personalities and admire impressive graves and monuments
  • Experience a place of death, life and love and enjoy the extraordinary flora and fauna in the heart of Cologne
Full description

Wander through Melaten Cemetery in Cologne and see the tombs of the city's most prominent personalities on a walking tour. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and rich history of the large park with a guide.

Discover a place of silence embedded in a beautiful park with incomparable flora and fauna in the middle of Cologne. Visit the Melaten cemetery and stroll through the complex, which has an area of over four hundred thousand square meters and around 55,000 gravesites. Enjoy moments of peace and quiet during the guided tour and experience how close love, death, and suffering as well as art culture are to each other. Learn interesting facts and curiosities about historical personalities and impressive tombs and monuments and visit the former "Leprosenanstalt".

  • 2-Hour Guided Tour
  • Cemetery fee
  • Barrier-free

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the entrance to Melaten Cemetery in Aachener Straße, opposite house no. 251.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • Please note that this tour is only available in German
    • Weather-compatible clothing and appropriate footwear is recommended
    • Children under 12 years of age take part in the tour free of charge
    • The Melaten guided tour is a barrier-free tour
    • The tour will take place even if it rains (except for severe weather warnings)
    • No dogs allowed
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 950 reviews

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    A great tour despite the rain showers. The guide had a lot of facts about the individual graves or deceased and even some of the group could add something to certain things. Experienced guide who made this tour with a lot of heart, friendliness, some funny or sad anecdotes, but above all with a lot of knowledge. I would like to do it again. My husband and my family also really enjoyed it

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    September 24, 2022

    It's not just that you hear more or less prominent names! It's not just that one immediately has the pictures of the people concerned in mind in their time! "Oh, it's here too!" goes through your head! This is joined by history, city history and development IN history. Unknown or forgotten connections are deepened clearly or with a smile! Not everything is "Kölscher Klüngel!" Some things come from "only" relatives or friendships! Would you have guessed? Yes, perhaps! But now you know! Definitely an interesting journey through time and a remarkable journey back in time! The deceased of a city and its surroundings still talk, sometimes more interesting things than when they were alive!

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    August 1, 2022

    If you like cemeteries, you have to, if you know they exist, you should definitely take a guided tour. We were traveling with the Renate, an experience in itself. The whole thing in Kölsch, translated for foreigners if necessary. The tour has great entertainment value, you learn a lot about Cologne, the people of Cologne and the dead. Compulsory participation.

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    July 3, 2022

    Product ID: 63295