Cologne: Guided Tour of the Melaten Cemetery
- Duration: 2 hours
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 square meters and around 55,000 gravesites. Enjoy moments of peace and tranquility during the 2-hour 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".
Explore Cologne's old town and see the historic buildings lit up at night. Stroll through the alleys at the side of the night watchman and discover beautiful but also eerie things. Learn why pigs were beaten in front of Cologne's churches and why stray dogs were so well fed in those days. Learn how the citizens of Cologne defended themselves against the authorities and listen to many legends and anecdotes about Cologne's history. Follow the night watchman in historical costume to another time when every full hour was still proclaimed. Learn all about the tasks of the historical night watchmen during this eerie tour through the narrow alleys of the city.
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.
Be transported back in time with a walking tour of Cologne after dark. Follow the nightwatchman through the city as he regales you with frightening stories of centuries past. Walk past some of the most prominent historic locations in Cologne. Hear about the nightwatchman’s duties in the Middle Ages, as he patrolled the city to maintain order and peace. It was his job to protect the sleeping population from fire and thieves, to check the closing of the city gates, and to call the striking of the hour. Learn about the modest lifestyle that the nightwatchman would lead. Listen to scary stories of the spooky goings-on that he would witness during the nighttime stillness.
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.
Embark on a journey back in time to medieval Cologne and follow in the footsteps of past crime. Discover the shocking punishments given out. Stroll through Cologne's beautiful old town and enjoy yourself on a city tour of a special kind. Learn all about crime and punishment in the middle ages on a sociable tour through Cologne's old town and hear what reflective and speaking punishments meant in those times. Listen to stories about gallows birds and witches and learn all about the duties and the reputation of executioners in the past.
Discover some of Cologne's crime scenes from 1900 to the present together with your expert guide. In recent decades, Cologne has repeatedly made headlines with Hollywood-like burglaries, robbery, child abduction and murder, with resolved and unresolved crimes. Some of the cases have been remembered, but others have been completely forgotten, although the media interest was great. Not only have the media played a major role in the recent criminal cases, but also the criminals' and investigators' methods have changed a lot. Immerse yourself in the dark side of the city from the cathedral to the Neumarkt and find out more about Cologne's horrendous history.
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.
No one knows the nighttime streets of medieval Cologne better than the night watchmen, who ensure law and order when respectable citizens have long since left the city’s streets. On this costume tour through northern Cologne's old town, you will learn who pursued their trade at night, where the dishonest and the beggars lived, and on which nights the inhabitants of Cologne cultivated magical customs.
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.
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Mr. Kramer was always a funny and good presenter / guide and showed us through his more than competent manner in a funny way how much fun it can be to take part in one of his city or adventure tours. I can really recommend him. It really is more than authentic! He's the way it is, a real Cologne boy ... :-)
The two-hour tour of the Melaten was refreshing, funny, very informative and interesting. Ralf, our guide, was really great at telling the anecdotes and background information and was always very involved. I could have gone on that long again. Again and again at any time.
I got to know the city of Cologne in the night and in a completely new way. The tour was great, which of course was down to our night watchman Christoph.
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 :)
Very informative and very well explained. Can just be recommended