Private tour

Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Celebrities and Curiosities

Activity provider: Tours & Tales

Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Celebrities and Curiosities

Activity provider: Tours & Tales

From US$ 72.85 per group up to 5

Explore the oldest Central Cemetery of Cologne. Stroll through a wonderful park-like area and be surprised by extraordinary tomb stones and exciting stories about prominent Cologne citizens.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
German
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Melaten Cemetery and discover a peaceful oasis in Cologne
  • Be impressed by the architecture of the "Millionaires Alley"
  • Listen to the story of a drunkard who ended up with a part of his favorite pub
  • Visit the oldest grave of the cemetery
Full description

Melaten Cemetery, which is over two centuries old, is an oasis of peace and quiet in the midst of this vibrant metropolis. Start the tour at its old main entrance. Your local guide will give you a short history of the area, how it was a village for the leppers, a place of execution, and finally how it became a central cemetery.

Then, get ready to explore the area. Marvel at its parklike design and find numerous impressive monuments and objects of traditional and contemporary art. Admire Classicist to Neo-Gothic and Neo-Baroque grave monuments, symbols and sculptures.

Melaten Cemetery has about 55,000 graves. Walk along the main paths reserved for the wealthy known as the "Millionaires Alley". Discover curious stories about the prominent Cologne citizens buried here. The tour will end at the tomb of the architect of the graveyard.

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    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    • This tour will take place rain or shine.
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    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 131 reviews

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    Theoretically you can of course also visit the cemetery without a guide, but then you miss the best. The two-hour guided tour by Manfred Speier was extremely entertaining and informative and passed by in a flash. He packs the information in a variety of anecdotes and background information so that it never gets boring, even remotely. We laughed a lot and learned a lot. A very successful afternoon that I can wholeheartedly recommend

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    April 25, 2022

    Mr. Speier made the tour of the Melaten cemetery a unique experience with his great explanations. Despite the bad weather, we had a very interesting private tour with him and would love to repeat it at any time. Even if we only had 2 hours, we are sure that Mr. Speier could lead us through the cemetery umpteen times and always tell new and different interesting stories about its 'residents'.

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    February 7, 2022

    One of the most interesting guided tours I've ever done. We were a mixed group of Cologne locals and people who only knew the city a little bit, and Manfred's tour was equally exciting for everyone. Bizarre, funny and crass stories from the history of Cologne are included, told in great detail and wittily. There is absolutely no need to be afraid that the whole thing will turn into a sad tour of the graveyard - the opposite is the case. Definitely do! Manfred Speier is a top guide :)

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    February 7, 2022

    Product ID: 403368