Guided tour

Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Tour in German

4.8 / 5

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Activity provider: Entdecke Köln

Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Tour in German

Activity provider: Entdecke Köln

From US$ 12.22 per person

Join a guided tour of the Melaten Cemetery in Cologne and immerse yourself in its more than 200-year-old history. Admire the impressive tombs, find out who was laid to rest here and marvel at the historic chapel.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Experience a quite different guided tour through Cologne’s city history and visit the most well-known inner city cemetery of Cologne
  • Enjoy a tour through the beautifully created area and walk past some impressive as well as strange tombs
  • Learn how the cemetery got built on the former area of a leprosarium and marvel at the cemetery chapel from the 13th century
Full description
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.
  • Guided tour in German

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    Meeting point

    At the old main gate, Aachener Straße, vis-à-vis Hausnummer 249.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Rain gear

    Not allowed

    • Pets

    Know before you go

    • Due to official health regulations, you are required to carry a negative result of a Covid-19 quick-test or self-test, no older than 24 hours, or proof of successful complete vaccination process or recovery from a Covid-19 infection
    • Dogs are unexceptionally not permitted according to the regulations by the cemetery administration
    • Sturdy shoes are recommended
    • Melaten has 55,000 graves. You will visit about 30 to 35 graves selected by your guide. It is not possible to visit all the graves during the 2-hour tour
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    4.8 /5

    based on 24 reviews

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    Der Treffpunkt war gut beschrieben. Der Guide hat alles sehr detailliert und laut genug für alle erklärt. Viele interessante und anschauliche Information gut verpackt. Es war lustig, interessant, kurzweilig und lehrreich zu gleich.

    August 7, 2022


    Der Guide war sehr sehr gut , sie hat lebhaft erzählt und hatte ein wahnsinns Wissen . War richtig toll

    August 7, 2022


    Product ID: 70490