1. Germany
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  3. Cologne
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Cologne: Night Watchman Torchlight Tour of Myth and Legend

Product ID: 7129
As a child, did you dream of glowing coaches, ghosts, demons, evil spirits and women dressed in white? Take a nightly tour through the alleys and darker parts of Köln, and get to the bottom of the local legends.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
German
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Dare to embark on a nightly tour straight through Cologne accompanied by a night watchman telling tales of ghosts and horrors
Full description
As a child, did you dream of glowing coaches, ghosts, demons, evil spirits, and women dressed in white? Take a nightly tour through the alleys and dark sides of Köln. Our night watchmen meet you at sunset or midnight, walk ahead of you, bearing torches.

Over the centuries, the residents of Köln have told many a scary story. They've spun tales of ghosts and demons, werewolves howling at the moon, evil spirits haunting the souls of the living, and humans themselves committing gruesome deeds.

There is always a kernel of truth separating legends from fiction and fairy tales. Legends try to explain the inexplicable. In this spirit, the residents of Köln made up stories, which were often held to be true after several years or decades, and were finally passed down as historical facts.

Many of the stories are bound up with famous personalities, and others are tied to certain locations. Many Kölner sagas appeared in the late high middle ages, and others during the early modern era. They were then passed down orally until the time of the Romantics. We will lead you through all of these forgotten times and tales.
Includes
  • Professional and knowledgeable guide

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Meeting point

In front of the prominent Heinzelmännchenbrunnen fountain sculpture, Am Hof 12, 50667 Köln

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Important information
Know before you go
• The tour may be rescheduled in case of unusually inclement weather
• English tours are only available for groups of 15 or more
• Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for handicapped people
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 406 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The night watch torchlight tour was really a great experience and got to know some unknown sites and places of Cologne. The description "eerie & unholy places is a little misleading. With this name, I expect that you will immerse yourself in the darkest history of a city. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Nevertheless, we were very enthusiastic about the night hike and can get to know everyone who knows Cologne and would like to learn something about the history. The guide was also great and always up for a joke. So the night hike never becomes a dry history lesson, but is always easy.

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December 8, 2019

Interesting tour, interesting stories. :)

The tour was nice and didn't take too long. The stories were interesting, nicely told and had a sudden sense of humour in them. The guide didn't ask for our tickets, so anyone could join the tour... This aspect was not well organised... It's a thrilling experience if you want to know more about the history of Cologne. You need a more than average level of German to.understand the stories because the guide speaks in a dialect.

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September 18, 2017

Light-hearted and funny. Maybe a little short on facts.....

March 25, 2019

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Product ID: 7129