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Cologne: WWII Historical Sites Private Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Rosotravel Germany

Cologne: WWII Historical Sites Private Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Rosotravel Germany

From US$ 119.82 per person

Trace the path of everyday citizens paths during WWII on a private tour of historic Cologne landmarks, including the cathedral and its bunker. Visit the EL-DE House, the former Gestapo headquarters.

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Duration 2 - 4 hours
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Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Russian
Wheelchair accessible
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  • Admire Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and WWII refuge
  • Discover WWII's impact on historic Cologne at your desired pace and detail level
  • Walk along the Trail of Remembrance and see the Stumbling Stones
  • Learn facts and accounts of Nazi terror and the machinery of "ordinary evil"
  • Survey the architectural feat of the ancient Roman culvert system
  • Explore the EL-DE House and the NS Documentation Center, a former Gestapo prison
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Immerse yourself in the historical unfolding of the Nazi regime in Old Town Cologne. Learn how historic highlights, such as the Roman culverts, bore witness to the horrors of war. Hear in-depth stories from your tour guide on how the city remembers its past, despite widespread destruction.

Dive into this dark period of history with an experienced, licensed guide who will tailor the tour according to your interests and language preference. Take two hours for the highlights of the Old Town, or choose the extended option for access to the EL-DE House.

First, glimpse the Cologne cathedral’s war-touched exterior before exploring the bunker. Follow your guide along the path of Stumbling Stones, commemorating concentration camp victims, and visit the Trail of Remembrance. Stroll through the ruins of the St. Alban Church and the Hindenburgbrücke.

Continue at the EL-DE House, home to the NS Documentation Center. Visit former administrative rooms of the Nazis’ orchestrated evil and the Gestapo’s basement prison. Here, you‘ll witness over 1800 messages left by forced laborers and political enemies, some of whom survived the terror.   

  • Guided WWII history walking tour
  • Licensed guide
  • Visit to Cologne Cathedral (free parts)
  • Entry and guided tour at NS Documentation Center (if extended option selected)
  • Entrance to Cologne Cathedral Tower

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Kreuzblume monument in front of the entrance to Cologne Cathedral.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • The visit to Cologne Cathedral may be limited due to mass times
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I brought a group from work along with me to learn about WWII history in Cologne. There were no prior reviews to go off of so I booked the activity on somewhat a bit of faith. Our group had an awsome time learning about the history - so many insights about what was life pre-WWII, during, and after. Our guide was patient, attentive, and very knowledgeable. Our guide spoke English and was extremely fluent. No problems understanding him and certainly no problems hearing either. The activity exceeded our expectations. Even the locals who joined us on the activity learned something new about their own city. I definitely recommend that you take 2 hours to learn the history that is not always evident when walking around Cologne.

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August 20, 2022

Product ID: 418423