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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: 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: Melaten Cemetery Guided Tour - Famous Personalities

3. Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Guided Tour - Famous Personalities

Visit Cologne's time-honored celebrity cemetery and learn more about the former entrepreneurs, bankers, actors or politicians, who found their last resting place at Melaten Cemetery. Learn interesting details from the lives of many personalities, who were considered famous during their lifetime and many of whom are still well-known today. The central axis of the cemetery isn't called Million Avenue for nothing. Admire the different tombs, stroll through the park-like complex and enjoy this special place of quietness and remembering.

Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Tour in German

4. Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Tour in German

Discover a place of peace, quietness and remembrance and visit the Melaten Cemetery (Melatenfriedhof) in Cologne. Created in the beginning of the 19th century, it is located on the former grounds of a leprosarium. Join a guided tour through the green oasis and marvel at the park-like area with pompous tombs and vaults as well as modestly or quaintly designed tombs. Listen to a piece of the city’s history during the walk in the cemetery and find out which famous personalities were laid to rest here. Learn more about the so-called “sponsorship tombs” and marvel at the cemetery chapel from the 13th century.

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What people are saying about Melatenfriedhof

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4.9 / 5

based on 1,014 reviews

Dear Harry did a great job again. Even my husband was delighted. He never wanted to come and after the tour he said it wasn't that bad. And you've learned something else. I can only recommend it to everyone.

The guide Ralf Wandt knows how to bring this beautiful cemetery closer to the visitor with history and stories and a lot of passion. We'll go there again.

Nice tour, nice and funny guides, real Cologne original.

Top event, very competent lady who conducted the tour

It was a humorous, entertaining and interesting tour