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Cologne: Guided Tour of Melatenfriedhof

1. Cologne: Guided Tour of Melatenfriedhof

Take a trip through the history of Cologne on a guided tour of Melatenfriedhof, the central cemetery of the city. Before it became a cemetery, it was already an execution site and leprosy ward far outside the city walls. Follow your guide around the 5500 graves. Listen to stories about the history of the city, and the celebrities who have been laid to rest in this historical graveyard.

Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

2. Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

Who could practice the profession of an executioner? When did an executioner receive his master craftsman’s diploma, which enabled him to let heads roll on behalf of the state? Who exiled lepers and plague-infested harlots? Who walked through medieval dark alleys and killed wild dogs and stray hogs? Who burnt spell books and could build gallows? The executioner – somebody had to do it!  Join a medieval headsman on a bloodcurdling guided tour of 1.5 hours, leading you through Cologne’s historic centre. Find out what could go wrong during an execution and how a headsman supplemented his own low income as a knacker, dog-catcher or gold-seeker.  Learn all the gory and grisly details... if you dare to join. 

Cologne: Ghost Tour in German

3. Cologne: Ghost Tour in German

Over the centuries, Cologne's residents told legends about all the things that terrified them and put fear into their hearts: stories about the devil and ghosts, tales of werewolves and secret courts of honor. Enjoy this tour through Cologne's nocturnal old town with the night watchman's wife. This tour also operates on October 31st, Halloween.

Cologne: Haunted City Center Exploration Game

4. Cologne: Haunted City Center Exploration Game

You are invited to discover the captive souls, the spirits and the mysterious skeletons of Cologne with an interactive city exploration app. You will be guided step-by-step to the cursed buildings where they carry out their eternal punishments while you learn all of their stories. Brace yourself and come explore Haunted Cologne, all with the help of your smartphone. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Along the way, you’ll find horror stories that will give you the chills. Dare you go on this tour? Complete the tour at your own pace as there's no time limit, though around two hours is normally enough. Pause the game at any time, and restart whenever you want from the last place you visited. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

How the Magi Came to Cologne – Myths and Legends

5. How the Magi Came to Cologne – Myths and Legends

Why is there a curse upon Cologne Cathedral? What is it about Cologne’s patron saint, Saint Ursula, who was accompanied by eleven thousand virgins during her pilgrimage? Why did the Cologne Heinzelmännchen leave the city for good? Cologne is full of places connected with tales and legends, both well-known and lesser-known, some told since the Middle Ages, some of more recent origins. Yet they all have one thing in common: most legends have some basis in the truth or they mirror the wishes, fears, and ideas of the people from the time when they were first told. Listen to old legends and get an insight into the life and the world of ideas in former times during a walking tour through the old city center. Of course, you will find out, why and how the relics of the Magi got to Cologne.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 530 reviews

The time specification cannot be adhered to. We had to search and puzzle a little with the child - the 90 minutes had already passed halfway through the tasks. Unfortunately, we had to abandon the game. Nonetheless, it was very exciting up until then. You get to know corners of the city that you wouldn't have discovered otherwise. The 10-year-old also got along well with the tasks and had a lot of fun. We will definitely play it again.

Very good and interesting tour of the Melaten cemetery. The guide Markus can only be recommended. He made the tour entertaining, with a lot of information and with a good sense of humor. Our 16-year-old daughter also liked it because history was conveyed in a relaxed and interesting way. Also for people from Cologne only to be recommended. We will definitely book another tour from Markus again. Many thanks to Markus for the great 2 hours.

Nice relaxed entertaining tour of Cologne. Discovered many corners where you would otherwise not walk long. Nice places to stop for refreshments along the route (beer garden, ice cream parlour, café). All round successful tour.

war richtig unterhaltsam und wir hatten das Gefühl Köln nochmal ganz anders kennengelernt zu haben. Ist sehr zu empfehlen!

Great trip. Very interesting to hear about well known Cologne persons.