Guided tour

Cologne: The Melaten Cemetery, Life, Love and Death Tour

Activity provider: Kölngeflüster

Cologne: The Melaten Cemetery, Life, Love and Death Tour

Activity provider: Kölngeflüster
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Enjoy a guided tour of the Melaten Cemetery in Cologne, where love, life, death, city history, and art merge vividly into one.

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit Cologne's largest central cemetery, the former Cologne execution site and leper colony, in the middle of a beautiful park
  • Learn interesting facts and curiosities about historical personalities and admire impressive graves and monuments
  • Experience a place of death, life and love and enjoy the extraordinary flora and fauna in the heart of Cologne
Full description

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".

  • 2-Hour Guided Tour
  • Cemetery fee
  • Barrier-free

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the entrance to Melaten Cemetery in Aachener Straße, opposite house no. 251.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Weather-appropriate clothing

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • Please note that this tour is only available in German
    • Weather-compatible clothing and appropriate footwear is recommended
    • Children under 12 years of age take part in the tour free of charge
    • The Melaten guided tour is a barrier-free tour
    • The tour will take place even if it rains (except for severe weather warnings)
    • No dogs allowed
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 848 reviews

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    A very interesting and amusing tour, folds and anecdotes skillfully mixed and despite the rain, our guide didn't let his Cologne cheerful nature cloud him. We will definitely book the tour again. Each guide has his own route over the Melaten and we are excited to see what awaits us next time.

    June 29, 2022

    Very competent leadership. I learned a lot about the burial and cemetery culture in the different eras. In addition, interesting funerary art. The different symbols were explained very well. The design of the graves of some Cologne citizens were explained very well. The tour was professional, with depth but also humorous.

    June 25, 2022

    The tour lasted a good 2 hours and was very interesting and entertaining. We learned a lot about the history of the cemetery and saw many celebrity graves. The fact that the cemetery is more like a park makes it very pleasant even in hot weather. There are different themed tours. Thanks to our guide Ede, who did it with joy and a lot of expertise.

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    June 20, 2022

    Product ID: 63295