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Cologne City Discovery Game

Activity provider: Secret City Trails

Cologne City Discovery Game

Activity provider: Secret City Trails

From US$ 32.96 per group up to 5

Imagine seeing Cologne in a new light, without listening to a tour guide. With this unique discovery game, enjoy a gentle stroll around the city as you solve clues to take you to different locations and learn more about this fascinating city.

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Duration 3 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore the secrets and hidden gems of Cologne
  • Solve clues on your phone that take you on an exploration of the city
  • Discover monuments, landmarks, and little known spots
  • Learn about Cologne's history as you decipher your clues
  • Enjoy an interactive and self guided game experience via a web app; play with the city
Full description
Discover Cologne as never before with this original interactive game experience. Using your cell phone, your challenge will start on the side portal of the Roman north gate CCAA in front of the cathedral’s main entrance. Simply open your e-mail link and your adventure will begin! Set off to explore Cologne as you solve 16 clues, with each correct answer taking you to the next location. As you proceed through the challenge, learn more about the history of the city and the local culture with fun facts. If you need a little helping hand, ask for hints to help you solve the clues. Take in some of Cologne's most beautiful sights, visit some of its oldest spots and find out things you never knew about the city. If you're looking for a fun way to experience the city, then this is a truly unique opportunity.
  • A web app game played on your smart phone (2MB of data is needed, no downloads)
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Start in front of the side portal of the Roman north gate CCAA in front of the cathedral’s main entrance.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • The rules of the game are easy: each riddle is made up of directions and a question. To answer the question, you can try as many answers as you like. If you’re stuck, you can ask for a hint, there’s one per riddle. However, asking for a hint adds 10 minutes ‘penalty time’ to your overall completion time. If you’re lost, you can skip a riddle, this adds 20 minutes ‘penalty time’. It is recommended that you always ask for a hint before skipping a riddle, to ensure you’re in the right place to continue your adventure.
    • This is a self-guided tour which means that there is no guide waiting for you at the meeting point.
    • The games are only available in English, not in the local language.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4 /5

    based on 36 reviews

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    Unfortunately, the riddle at the town hall could not be solved due to the construction site. the last puzzle was very difficult to find as there were no 2 animals to be seen and the calculation had to be done based on the game's creation date and not the current year. But all in all a successful event!

    August 16, 2020

    A great tour to discover Cologne. It was really fun, especially the puzzles :) Unfortunately, the town hall tower was closed, that made it a bit more difficult for us and the puzzle with the time travel was unfortunately no longer up to date;) But we will also test other tours the next time we visit Cologne: )

    August 2, 2020

    We had a lot of fun puzzle-solving.

    The puzzles were a good mix and sometimes tricky. Sometimes we had some translation problems. We would have wished as additional function the possibility to get further information about the sights or streets, so a kind of voluntary Infobutton. In addition, we would have liked to take a break at any point and felt the time given us something under pressure. Overall, we have discovered much surprising and got to know beautiful corners of Cologne.

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    August 11, 2019

    Product ID: 177186