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Cologne: Melaten - The Cemetery Tour in German

1. Cologne: Melaten - The Cemetery Tour in German

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: Melaten Cemetery Celebrities and Curiosities

2. Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Celebrities and Curiosities

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.

Cologne: The Night Watchman Old Town Walking Tour in German

3. Cologne: The Night Watchman Old Town Walking Tour in German

Explore Cologne's old town on a guided walking tour 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 centuries past. Discover 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. 

Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Cologne: Guide Walking Tour for Children

7. Cologne: Guide Walking Tour for Children

Take a guided walking tour of Cologne created specifically for kids 8-12. Discover the oldest part of the city, its ancient sites, and hear stories about the Romans, the building of the Cathedral, and the role of the devil in its construction. Bring your kids and let them experience history. Arrive at the meeting point and being the walk through the oldest parts of Cologne. Look around at the ancient ruins and listen to the tale of the Heinzelmannchen, a mystical race of creatures connected to the region. Next, visit the little guy that hung his naked backside out of a window to rub the nose of Tunnes just to make a wish come true. Explore the Roman underground, and hear tales of their influence. Give kids a chance to feel engaged in the history of Cologne.

Cologne: Historical Crime Tour in German

8. Cologne: Historical Crime Tour in German

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.

Cologne: Historical Crime Tour in German

9. Cologne: Historical Crime Tour in German

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.

Cologne: Night Watchman Tour (Costume Tour in German)

10. Cologne: Night Watchman Tour (Costume Tour in German)

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.

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What people are saying about Cologne

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 530 reviews

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. :)

Entertaining, informative, funny. Recommended at any time. The Swabians greet you

Great tour, well done, entertaining, very informative, interesting and funny.

The tour was very nice and interesting, it was fun