Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

4.6 / 5

24 reviews

Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

From $19.25 per person

Hear about the horrid medieval history of Cologne through the eyes of an executioner. Hear gory stories and bloody tales on this 1.5-hour guided tour.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Stroll through the city and retrace a headsman’s steps in medieval Cologne
  • Listen to eerie stories from a bygone era in which death was omnipresent
  • Learn about the executioner's profession
Full description
Who could practice the profession of an executioner? When did an executioner receive his master craftsman’s diploma, which enabled him to let heads roll on behalf of the state? Who exiled lepers and plague-infested harlots? Who walked through medieval dark alleys and killed wild dogs and stray hogs? Who burnt spell books and could build gallows? The executioner – somebody had to do it!  Join a medieval headsman on a bloodcurdling guided tour of 1.5 hours, leading you through Cologne’s historic centre. Find out what could go wrong during an execution and how a headsman supplemented his own low income as a knacker, dog-catcher or gold-seeker.  Learn all the gory and grisly details... if you dare to join. 
  • A 1.5-hour costumed tour through Cologne’s historic centre
  • Meals and drinks
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Heinzelmännchenbrunnen, Am Hof, 50667 Köln

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This is a fully accessible historic centre tour
  • Minimum age requirement: 18 years.
  • Sturdy footwear and weather-proof clothes are recommended
  • The tour is in German
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 24 reviews

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It was a very interesting, if a little creepy, evening. The guide was a really super good executioner, I was literally "glued" to his lips because his stories were so exciting. You can really recommend this tour.

March 9, 2020

sehr informativ sehr gut rübergebracht ich und meine Familie würden immer wieder mit dem Hänker durch die Straßen von Köln ziehen ist ein guter Kerl und Uhr witzig :)

October 18, 2020


Tour war wie beschrieben mit tollem guide.

October 5, 2020

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