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Düsseldorf: 2-Hour Evening Rhine River Cruise with Live DJ

1. Düsseldorf: 2-Hour Evening Rhine River Cruise with Live DJ

See Düsseldorf light up as the sun goes down on this 2-hour Rhine River cruise. As twilight envelops the city, experience the charm of the ruins and Old Town from the comfort of a gentle cruise ship. Relax with a live DJ, commentary from your guide, and immaculate views of the historic German city. See the striking buildings in the state capital shine in the soft light and hear from your guide about Düsseldorf’s rich heritage. Watch the sunset on the horizon and witness the city’s vibrant nightlife awaken. Enjoy music from the onboard DJ throughout your 2-hour journey for a perfectly chilled-out atmosphere. Check out the bar and barbecue for a selection of cocktails, beers, or tasty snacks.

Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

2. Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

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. 

Cologne: Haunted City Center Exploration Game

3. Cologne: Haunted City Center Exploration Game

You are invited to discover the captive souls, the spirits and the mysterious skeletons of Cologne with an interactive city exploration app. You will be guided step-by-step to the cursed buildings where they carry out their eternal punishments while you learn all of their stories. Brace yourself and come explore Haunted Cologne, all with the help of your smartphone. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Along the way, you’ll find horror stories that will give you the chills. Dare you go on this tour? Complete the tour at your own pace as there's no time limit, though around two hours is normally enough. Pause the game at any time, and restart whenever you want from the last place you visited. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Cologne: Ghost Tour in German

4. Cologne: Ghost Tour in German

Over the centuries, Cologne's residents told legends about all the things that terrified them and put fear into their hearts: stories about the devil and ghosts, tales of werewolves and secret courts of honor. Enjoy this tour through Cologne's nocturnal old town with the night watchman's wife. This tour also operates on October 31st, Halloween.

How the Magi Came to Cologne – Myths and Legends

5. How the Magi Came to Cologne – Myths and Legends

Why is there a curse upon Cologne Cathedral? What is it about Cologne’s patron saint, Saint Ursula, who was accompanied by eleven thousand virgins during her pilgrimage? Why did the Cologne Heinzelmännchen leave the city for good? Cologne is full of places connected with tales and legends, both well-known and lesser-known, some told since the Middle Ages, some of more recent origins. Yet they all have one thing in common: most legends have some basis in the truth or they mirror the wishes, fears, and ideas of the people from the time when they were first told. Listen to old legends and get an insight into the life and the world of ideas in former times during a walking tour through the old city center. Of course, you will find out, why and how the relics of the Magi got to Cologne.

Cologne: Rickshaw Sightseeing Tour with Picnic Lunch

6. Cologne: Rickshaw Sightseeing Tour with Picnic Lunch

Meet at the Equestrian Monument in the Hey Market and embark on a sightseeing tour by rickshaw. Discover some of the most famous sights in the city, including the famous Cologne Cathedral. Ride through the picturesque Old Town of the city, and learn more about Cologne's culture and history from your guide. Then, enjoy a personal Mediterranean-style picnic lunch with a panoramic view of the city. Your picnic will include 2 bottles of water, olives, 2 ciabattas, salami, ham, cheese, and dry fruits.

Dortmund: Phoenix-West Blast Furnace Tour with Dinner

7. Dortmund: Phoenix-West Blast Furnace Tour with Dinner

Enjoy a tour of the Phoenix-West blast furnace, with a knowledgeable guide. Experience picturesque views over Dortmund from 64 meters above the city floor. Indulge in a delicious meal made by EMIL Grill restaurant as you watch the sunset. Make sure you have a head for heights as you begin to climb 64 meters up into the sky. Take the chance to capture some brilliant photos of Dortmund. Learn about the history of the Phoenix-West blast furnace and admire its architecture. After your climb, you can tuck into a delicious dinner prepared by Sebastian Felsing from the EMIL Grill restaurant in Dortmund. Return back to the ground once the sun has set, where your magical evening will end.

Cologne: Advent and Christmas Customs Tour in German

8. Cologne: Advent and Christmas Customs Tour in German

Discover the atmospheric, pre-Christmas Cologne and learn all about the old traditions and customs. Admire the beautifully decorated houses and listen to the stories about Santa Claus and Knecht Ruprecht. Listen to what these customs are all about and stroll through the festively lit centre of Cologne. Learn more about the origins of Christmas traditions and enjoy a leisurely tour for the whole family as a pleasant preparation for Christmas.

Cologne: Wine Tasting Tour with Optional Old Town Tour

9. Cologne: Wine Tasting Tour with Optional Old Town Tour

Enjoy an exclusive wine tasting at some of the finest local wine bars on a private tour led by a wine expert. Choose between a shorter tour with just 4 tastings or pick the longer option that includes a walking tour of Cologne's Old Town with a total of 5 tastings paired with appetizers. While Germany is known for its beer, the city of Cologne is surrounded by flourishing wine regions, making it an excellent choice to explore the fine wines produced in this country. Meet your guide in the city and set out to discover Germany's contemporary wine scene. Learn how to properly enjoy wine using all your senses, and find out how to describe the characteristics of wine like a pro. For those pressed for time, the 2-hour option is ideal. Join your guide as you visit 2 cozy wine bars in the city. Sample 4 different wines produced in this region and hear stories about the local wineries and vineyards. Choose the 3-hour option to extend your experience. Begin by visiting 2 wine bars and sip on 5 carefully selected wines paired with appetizers. Then embark on a guided tour of Cologne's Old Town. Marvel at the city's impressive Gothic-style landmarks like the Town Hall and the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. 

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What people are saying about North Rhine-Westphalia

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

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.

Today we (2 adults, 2 children) completed the city rally "Ghosts of Cologne: The Witch". The children, aged 11 and 12, loved it. The tasks were great for their age. If you get stuck, there are tips that are very helpful, but not really necessary. The directions are easy to understand. The story is simple but well thought out and not too scary. You should wear comfortable shoes, because the path takes a while, with puzzles and searches etc. It was a full Sunday afternoon, which took 3.5 hours in total, including snacks and small breaks. Especially when you have to go back to Melaten because of the car parked there. In short, we are now tired and happy and have solved the puzzle to the end. Have fun.

We didn't have high expectations and were pleasantly surprised. The directions were correct and the tasks were quite simple, so that you were quickly guided through the story. Installing the app was also easy and straightforward. All in all a nice tour of Cologne with interesting facts about the history. :)

very informative very well conveyed me and my family would always go with the Hänker through the streets of Cologne is a good guy and watch funny :)

It was a nice and interesting tour and I really recommend it.