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Cologne: Medieval Churches Private Walking Tour

1. Cologne: Medieval Churches Private Walking Tour

Discover the many beautiful churches of Cologne on a walking tour through the Old Town with a private guided. Learn about the history of religion in Germany and see the famous Cologne Cathedral, the Basilica of St Ursula, and visit the Great St. Martin Church, and the Basilica of St Gereon. Begin your tour right in the heart of Cologne’s Old Town at the lively Old Market Square. First visit the Great St. Martin Church, one of the city’s 12 Romanesque churches. Step inside this magnificent building to enjoy its tranquil atmosphere and hear about its fascinating history. A few steps away, stop outside the Cathedral of Cologne, the city’s most famous monument. Admire its spectacular Gothic architecture and find out why the Cathedral is important not only to Cologne’s Christians but also to the Jewish community. See the Baroque-style Kirche Mariä Himmelfahrt and the Romanesque-style Basilica of St Ursula, which houses a shrine made of real bones. Make a final stop will be at the medieval Basilica of St Gereon, which has one of the largest and most beautiful domes in Europe.

Cologne: Nostalgic Tour in German in Vintage Bus

2. Cologne: Nostalgic Tour in German in Vintage Bus

Immerse yourself in Cologne's past and enjoy a nostalgic journey through the city. Experience the 50s and 60s during this exciting journey through time. Board the vintage bus and be welcomed by your guide, who will be wearing a petticoat ‒ the famous fluffy skirt. See the city through the windows of an old Swiss postbus or a vintage bus from 1960 and experience a piece of the vivid past. Discover all aspects of Cologne after the reconstruction. Start near the cathedral, Cologne's landmark. Drive through the Gerlingsquartier, over the ring roads and through the Griechenmarktviertel until you arrive in the Südstadt. Get a glance at the picturesque Old Town before returning to the Komödienstraße close to the cathedral.

Cologne: WWII Historical Sites Private Guided Walking Tour

3. Cologne: WWII Historical Sites Private Guided Walking Tour

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.   

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 31 reviews

It was a very nice Sunday excursion with the vintage bus. Unfortunately it was rainy the whole day. But we sat well on the bus. The bus driver also told us a lot about the beautiful old bus. The travel companion was very open-minded and nice, but we found that she told too much and too quickly. That was just too much input that you can't take in.

Nice alternative to the usual city tour

As people from Cologne, we saw places in Cologne where we hadn't been before! Very interesting explanations, a well-informed city guide and an extremely personable bus driver or owner of the company were the ingredients for an enjoyable hour and a half.

It was a thoroughly successful tour. Always my pleasure.

The tour was beautiful. You discover new corners in Cologne. Very interesting what the tour guide had to tell. It was a thoroughly successful excursion. Perfectly organized. Always my pleasure.

an all-round colorful afternoon with lots of interesting facts

It amazed me how many curiously looked at our nostalgia bus and even took pictures. I can only recommend this trip. Thank you very much and we are full of praise.

Great tour

Very nice old bus. Driver and guide both very nice. Everything was very informative and entertaining. We would be happy to recommend it