Guided tour

Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

4.7 / 5

85 reviews

Activity provider: Kölngeflüster

Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

Activity provider: Kölngeflüster
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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.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • 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
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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
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4.7 /5

based on 85 reviews

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I actually wanted a horror event like a dungeon (Hamburger Dungeon or London Dungeon), but unfortunately there is no such thing in Cologne, so I looked for alternatives. This is where I came across this guide. It was rated a little worse in mid-2021, which puzzled me. After a long time back and forth between the night watchman leadership and the executioner leadership, I decided for myself and my brothers (20-28 years) for the executioner leadership. ATTENTION: This tour is not frightening in the form of jump scares or creepy surprises (such as in a dungeon), but it is frightening what has happened in Cologne. The stories are sometimes creepy to disgusting, which is why they absolutely deserve FSK 18. The company Kölngeflüster is a really fascinating company that has come up with some ingenious things to tell historical history in a different way.

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September 25, 2021

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

Super tolle und interessante Henkerführung! Sehr kurzweilig, abwechslungsreich und spannend. Gerne wieder!

August 8, 2022


Product ID: 120602