Old Town, Cologne

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  • Cologne Old Town: Historical Tour in German

    1. Cologne Old Town: Historical Tour in German

    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. 

  • Cologne: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

    2. Cologne: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

    If you are you looking for a fun way to explore the beautiful city and history of Cologne, this renowned brewery tour is a great choice. On this tour, the guides have the freedom to choose which breweries to take you to. This allows them to make decisions based on the group dynamic, ensuring that everyone is entertained and satisfied. If you'd like an even more personalized experience, select the option with a private guide. The 2-hour tour begins near the cathedral's grand entrance by the Kreuzblumen monument. After a couple of fun facts about the cathedral and the Kreuzblume, you start the thirst-quenching journey to three different breweries, where you will taste three delicious local beers to find the one that best suits you. You will not only learn a little bit about the breweries and the local brewing culture, but most importantly, you will taste the result of hundreds of years o...

    Very enjoyable afternoon trip with Johann, our friendly guide, showing us a bit of Cologne, some breweries and telling us about the city and some of the customs around the local lager, Koelsch.

  • Cologne: Old Town Brewhouse Tour

    3. Cologne: Old Town Brewhouse Tour

    Your guide will meet you at the meeting point and bring you to 4 different traditional beer houses in Cologne's Old Town. In each establishment, you can order a different Kölsch, a local beer brewed in the city. While you rest at the brewhouse, your guide will tell you everything you need to know about Kölsch, Cologne and the local way of life. Throughout the 2-hour tour, your guide will share personal anecdotes as well as interesting facts about this historic city and its unique beer culture. If you're in luck, the guide will even let you in on a local secret and explain why the person bringing you beer in Cologne is not called a waiter, and why they have a very unique attitude.

    So much fun! Learned interesting and fun facts about kolsch. The entire experience felt completely natural and fun, never did it feel uncomfortable like some tours do. Great way to spend a few hours, highly recommend

  • Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

    4. Cologne: Chocolate Museum Entrance Ticket

    The Chocolate Museum is located in Cologne's old town, on the Rheinau harbor peninsula, surrounded by river on both sides. It can be easily recognized by the Malakoff Tower, which is located directly in front of the museum.   The museum houses a collection that traces 5,000 years of chocolate history. The 4,000-square-meter space contains exhibits that shed light on the origins and the culture of chocolate and how it has developed through centuries.  The treasure trove looks into pre-Colombian, Maya, and Aztec ways of using chocolate at the time when cocoa was a drink dedicated for Gods. From America cocoa travelled to Europe, where it became accessible only to wealthy classes. Cologne's Chocolate Museum will show you how chocolate became a treat for everyone and how media and advertising campaigns started spreading the news about this sweet snack.

    Visiting this museum was one of the best step for our short vacation there in Köln. My family and myself we were very surprised about this type of presentation, this line process to produce chocolate there was more than interesting. Thank you Chocolate Museum!

  • Brewery & Old Town Tour with Beer Tasting

    5. Brewery & Old Town Tour with Beer Tasting

    Experience 4 typical breweries in the Old Town and learn about the art of brewing in Cologne. Learn, why people sometimes go to Cologne's breweries to confess and why it's better not to order water there. Taste 4 different freshly tapped varieties of Kölsch beer and learn why it is the favorite drink of Cologne's inhabitants. Try a traditional Halver Hahn at one of the breweries - half a rye roll with butter, cheese, mustard and onions. See the cozy living rooms and the way of live in Cologne and experience comfort Cologne-style. Additionally, you can learn more about the history of the 2000 year old cathedral city in a humorous way.

  • Cologne: Virtual Reality Time Travel to Old Cologne

    6. Cologne: Virtual Reality Time Travel to Old Cologne

    Set out on a thrilling journey with TimeRide and experience the undestroyed Cologne and the fascinating lifestyle of the legendary twenties! Together with the charming hatter Tessa and the Cologne streetcar driver Pitter, you will discover the exciting time after the end of the First World War, the British occupation, and the Spanish flu. Your time travel in three steps: · The Cinema: In the 1920s, more and more movie theaters evolved into massive movie palaces. The cinema was a ubiquitous and glamorous part of everyday life and an important source of information. Step into our “Lichtspielhaus” and take a seat together with the fine society: an entertaining short film in the style of that time will show you the historical development of Cologne in the twenties. · The Hatter's Store: In the hatter’s store of the Riedschneider family you will dive together with Tessa into the world of gla...

  • Cologne: Rickshaw Sightseeing Tour

    7. Cologne: Rickshaw Sightseeing Tour

    Enjoy Cologne by rickshaw. Your friendly tour guide will show you to the nicest spots of the city, providing you with an understanding of Cologne's culture and history. You are welcome to choose an individual starting and ending point of your personal rickshaw experience in Cologne's center. Each tour includes many facts and stories about Germany's oldest big city and touristic highlights. You will also visit many of the city's most famous sights, such as the Cologne Cathedral, the Rhein River Boulevard, Old Town Cologne, River Side Cologne, the Middle Age Town Hall, and the Chocolate Museum. Each tour is an individual experience, and your guide will provide you with an unforgettable way to see Cologne.

    This was a great trip made all the more enjoyable by our guide Victor. He was very knowledgeable and full of interesting facts. The only way to see Cologne! X

  • Cologne: Old Town Virtual Reality Tour

    8. Cologne: Old Town Virtual Reality Tour

    Explore Cologne's highlights such as the famous Old town, the romantic Hohenzollern Bridge, and the iconic Cologne Cathedral. Walk through the Old Town and learn all about the rich history of Cologne from your knowledgeable guide. Experience important stages of Cologne's more than 2000-year-old city history up close through virtual reality scenes at six different locations. Use the virtual reality glasses and compare the past with the present. Get a glimpse of the Roman border, witness the metropolis of the Middle Ages, see the outpost of French and Prussian rule, and look at the destruction caused during World War II.  Listen to insightful stories from those time periods which enhances the experience even further. Once you remove your virtual reality glasses, see the shocking contrast between now and then and find that some of the buildings are no longer visible, while others remained...

  • Cologne: Walking Tour with Brewery Visit & Beer Tasting

    9. Cologne: Walking Tour with Brewery Visit & Beer Tasting

    Explore Cologne with the perfect walking tour for beginners. Get an insight into the life in the famous cathedral city and experience the culture and traditions of Cologne. Stroll at leisure through Cologne's Old Town and learn interesting facts about its history which goes back thousands of years. Visit a brewery and sample the popular beer Kölsch or a refreshing soft drink and see where this regional beverage is produced. Learn everything about the famous carnival culture of the city and its origins. Hear the stories behind the city's houses and which information you can deduce from a building while you stroll past the cathedral, the town hall and along the Rhine.

  • Cologne: Nostalgic Tour in German in Vintage Bus

    10. Cologne: Nostalgic Tour in German in Vintage Bus

    Immerse yourself in Cologne's past and enjoy a nostalgic journey through the city. Experience the 50s and 60s during this exciting journey through time. Board the vintage bus and be welcomed by your guide, who will be wearing a petticoat ‒ the famous fluffy skirt. See the city through the windows of an old Swiss postbus or a vintage bus from 1960 and experience a piece of the vivid past. Discover all aspects of Cologne after the reconstruction. Start near the cathedral, Cologne's landmark. Drive through the Gerlingsquartier, over the ring roads and through the Griechenmarktviertel until you arrive in the Südstadt. Get a glance at the picturesque Old Town before returning to the Komödienstraße close to the cathedral.

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What people are saying about Old Town, Cologne

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,486 reviews

So much fun! Learned interesting and fun facts about kolsch. The entire experience felt completely natural and fun, never did it feel uncomfortable like some tours do. Great way to spend a few hours, highly recommend

Great tour through the old town of Cologne. You get a nice insight into the breweries in Cologne. We booked the tour for a stag do. Everyone was thrilled. And there was also enough to drink. :)

Mega class - you get access to rooms where you would otherwise never see! Great tour - can only be recommended! Michael my guide eats the best!

Very informative and a super cool tour guide Boze. It was a lot of fun and can only be recommended ...

We had a great time with our Guide and enjoyed the tour tremendously:-)