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Cologne: The Melaten Cemetery, Life, Love and Death Tour

1. Cologne: The Melaten Cemetery, Life, Love and Death Tour

Wander through Melaten Cemetery in Cologne and see the tombs of the city's most prominent personalities on a walking tour. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and rich history of the large park with a guide. Discover a place of silence embedded in a beautiful park with incomparable flora and fauna in the middle of Cologne. Visit the Melaten cemetery and stroll through the complex, which has an area of over four hundred thousand square meters and around 55,000 gravesites. Enjoy moments of peace and quiet during the guided tour and experience how close love, death, and suffering as well as art culture are to each other. Learn interesting facts and curiosities about historical personalities and impressive tombs and monuments and visit the former "Leprosenanstalt".

Cologne: Guided Highlights Tour with a Local

2. Cologne: Guided Highlights Tour with a Local

Embark on a walking tour in the historic city center of Cologne with a local guide who will show you the city highlights and provide you with ideas and tips for your stay. Experience the special flair of a city that is 2,000 years old. Step into local life as you explore the streets of Cologne with a local by your side. See the Gothic Cathedral, discover the impressive Dionysos mosaic next door, and pass the Museum Ludwig of Modern Art on your way to the river. Stroll along the banks of the Rhine, then walk through the narrow cobbled lanes of the former merchants’ quarter around St. Martin’s church to the spacious Alter Markt (Old Market Square) and the City Hall. 

Cologne: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

3. Cologne: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Visit the fascinating cathedral city of Cologne and learn all about its 2000 years of history on a guided bike tour. Explore the city in an environmentally friendly way and ride through the Roman times to the Middle Ages up to the latest architectural developments.  Along the way, hear exciting anecdotes and fascinating historical facts on your journey of discovery though Germany’s oldest city. Explore Cologne on a route of approximately 15 kilometers and discover the most interesting places in the city along the way.  Start at the Eigelsteintor, the medieval symbol of the northern old town, and ride past the Prussian Fort X and across the Zoobrücke. From here you can enjoy the fantastic views of Cologne’s skyline. Ride to the green area of the city, the right bank of Rheinpark, which was voted Germany’s most beautiful park in 2007. From the bridgehead of the Hohenzollern Bridge you will see the famous photo scene with the cathedral, the Crane Houses, and the many small towers. Stop on the historical steel bridge to see the love locks before heading to the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Museum Ludwig, and the world-famous cathedral. Relax at one of the breweries before exploring the winding streets of Martinsviertel. From here, cycle along the Rhine to Cologne’s newest and most exclusive area – the brand new Rheinauhafen. Its architectural highlights include the 3 Crane Houses, the Chocolate Museum, the Siebengebirgshaus, and the Wurstbude.  Ride at a leisurely pace northward along the Rhine and admire the picturesque old town before returning to the starting point.

Cologne: Brauhaustour mit Kölsch

4. Cologne: Brauhaustour mit Kölsch

Discover the highlights of Cologne's Old Town on a guided walking tour with a local. See top sights like Heinzelmännchen fountain, Alter Market Square, and the Cathedral. Savor three crisp, Kölsch beers at breweries along the way. Meet your guide at a centrally-located meeting point and begin your walking tour. Hear fun facts as you walk like why the Cathedral always has scaffolding and why Kölsch is always served in 200-millilitre glasses. Pass by sights like the statue of the theatre characters Tünnes und Schäl and see the Heinzelmännchen fountain which depicts the story of house elves and the city of Cologne. Stroll by some facinating Roman treasures along the way. Head to rustic breweries to experience the special way in which Kölsch is served. Taste how each Kölsch has its own unique character. Get some insider tips of how to spend your time in Cologne from a native that knows where to shop, eat, and drink.

Cologne: Historic Town Scavenger Hunt

5. Cologne: Historic Town Scavenger Hunt

The Cologne scavenger hunt will take you past the most beautiful sights of the Rhine metropolis. Start your adventure at the main station and then head to the Cathedral, which is Cologne's landmark. Also, discover the Heinzelmännchen fountain, the old market with the town hall, the Heumarkt, the Great St. Martin church, the Rhine promenade, and much more. Your city game box contains 16 sealed and numbered envelopes, each holding riddles that need to be solved. Follow clear and precise directions and find your way to the various sights. Once you solve a riddle you will be given a number, which reveals which envelope to open next. You won’t know ahead of time in which succession the Scavenger Hunt City Game envelopes need to be opened. Have fun while you receive detailed information regarding the historical background of every attraction.

Cologne: Guided E-Scooter Tour

6. Cologne: Guided E-Scooter Tour

See the most beautiful landmarks of Cologne on a 3-wheeled scooter. Start your tour at the Alter Messeturm at the edge of the Rheinhallen in Deutz with a view over the Rhine to the famous Cathedral of the city. Cruise to the Hohenzollern Bridge - one of the city's landmarks and the busiest railway bridge in Germany. Cross the bridge on the way to the main station, catching beautiful views of the old town and the Rhine promenade. Pass the Heinrich-Böll-Platz with the striking Ludwig Museum and the Philharmonie, then drive around the imposing Cologne Cathedral. Venture through the small alleys of the historic Gürzenich with its hay market and then continue to the hub of the Old Town, the Old Market Square with the oldest town hall in Germany. After a short break, visit "Tünnes and Schäles", two puppet sculptures embedded in the culture and humor of the city. Rub their noses for an extra portion of luck! Cruise past the Romanesque St. Martin church, the path leads you directly along the Rhine down to the Rheinauhafen harbour. Head towards the Chocolate Museum, exploring three high-tech constructions on the peninsula known as the Crane Houses. Visit the most famous snack bar in Cologne, the "Wurstbraterei". Take a break here and savor a snack if you wish. Cross the Rhine again over the "Severinsbrücke". Under the thick steel ropes you will get fantastic panoramic views of the entire old town and of course, Cologne Cathedral. Return to the starting point to complete the comprehensive journey.

Cologne: The Dark Side of the City Walking Tour

7. Cologne: The Dark Side of the City Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walk through Cologne and discover the dark side of the city as you hear about rogues, kidnappers and other rapscallions. Stroll through the streets and marvel at the famous cathedral, St. Andrew's Church and other sights. Start with the talking punishments of the Middle Ages and follow the manifold deeds, judgements and punishments down to our own day. Who was the last poisoner sentenced to death in Germany, and who was the vampire of Düsseldorf ? Do heads really roll in Cologne at carnival ? Where was the red light at home in Cologne and what did Romy Schneider have to do with Cologne pimps? Enjoy a spooky city walk you won't forget. Go home with lots of interesting facts about Cologne's ghoulish past and stories about this sometimes dark, sometimes red-lit city.

Cologne Cathedral and Old Town Tour with 1 Kölsch

8. Cologne Cathedral and Old Town Tour with 1 Kölsch

Enjoy a historical tour of Cologne's old town and see interesting parts of the city while listening to interesting information about it. Be impressed by the outside of the Cologne Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   See the Alter Markt and walk along the Rhine with its picturesque views. Your tour guide is more than happy to show you around and provide you with exciting facts about the history and special culture of Cologne.  Hear about the Romans in Cologne and get some great survival tips for the city. Visit a traditional and rustic brewhouse and enjoy a beer with the group (Kölsch).

Cologne: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

9. Cologne: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone tour

Enjoy a mobile self-guided tour of Cologne and see some of the city’s highlights while exploring on foot. See Cologne’s Central Station, Cologne Cathedral, San Martin Church, and Fischmarkt Square. Learn the city’s history from the mobile tour while exploring the city’s most famous sites. Experience an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Cologne with this self-guided mobile walking tour. Grab the opportunity to see Cologne in a new way and explore over 10 of its most famous sites. Start your tour at Cologne Central Station, and visit Cologne Cathedral with its magnificent architecture. Photograph the ornate Heinzelmännchenbrunnen and learn about Josef Richard Frings, a great Cologne figure. Appreciate the freedom of no schedule, any time you wish, explore in snippets, and take breaks for food, shopping or any other stops you wish, and even close the app and continue another day, as the tour will be there waiting for you. Enjoy the tour in your language, integrated with google maps so you won’t get lost. Join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. See the Town Hall, one of the mos characteristic symbols of Cologne, and take pictures in the beautiful Old Town. Admire San Martin Church, and be left speechless by its beauty, Romanesque Architecture, and famous tower. Admire the Fischmarkt Square with its unique fountain, and the unique Kölner Pegel, before moving on to the famous Chocolate Museum.

Cologne: City Highlights with Local Guide

10. Cologne: City Highlights with Local Guide

Discover the 2000-year-old Roman-founded city of Cologne and hear more about its importance in the Middle Ages. Listen to why it is currently significant as a diverse city of one million residents on this tour with an expert guide from Cologne. Start at the equestrian monument "Heumarkt,"and stroll through the charming narrow alleys of the historic center. Follow the Rhine to the famous Ludwig Museum, and admire the the Philharmonic Hall and the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. Next, make your way back to the Heinzelmännchenbrunnen and hear about its legend. Travel to the "Alter Markt" to see the old town hall tower before arriving back where you started.

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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.

Cologne on the water at dusk is simply gigantic. Be sure to try it. The service (I assume Indian descent) was friendly, quick and fulfilled our every wish. The DJ played the appropriate music. Just awesome.

It was a great and informative city tour. Our kids loved it and the guide was great. Any time.

Always my pleasure ! Dj was cool too.. keep it up. Thank you LG from Rödermark

Informative and entertaining tour with our great guide Till. Gladly again!