Cologne
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Our most recommended Cologne Sightseeing Tours

  • Cologne: Kölsch Beer Brewhouse Tour

    1. Cologne: Kölsch Beer Brewhouse Tour

    Take a fascinating tour of the brewhouses of Cologne, taste a distinctive Kölsch beer in each, and learn more about the Cologne lifestyle. Learn about the Kölsch Convention of 1986 and how this type of beer is a protected regional speciality within the EU. Discover what a Kölsch and Alt beer have in common, and what a “Köbes” and a “Pittermännche” are. By the end of the tour you’ll understand where the German phrase “to have something on your tally stick” comes from. Visit the following brewhouses in Cologne Oldtown: Brauhaus Früh am Dom or Brauhaus Sion, Peters Brauhaus or Dom im Stapelhaus, Brauhaus zum Prinzen (replete with many photos of local hero Lukas Podolski) or Sünner im Walfisch, and finally Bierhaus en d’r Salzgass (a highlight of Cologne Carnival) or the Bierhaus am Rhein Finish the tour by receiving a souvenir certificate that proves your expert knowledge of Kölsch beer.

    It wasn't made clear that the tour was in German, which the German tour guide was annoyed about when we arrived (once we found her). Fortunately her colleague, Boris, was amazing and great fun. Should be made clear that this is not a brewery tour but a tour to some pubs essentially.

  • Cologne: Guided Tour of the Melaten Cemetery

    2. Cologne: Guided Tour of the Melaten Cemetery

    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 square meters and around 55,000 gravesites. Enjoy moments of peace and tranquility during the 2-hour 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".

  • Cologne Old Town: Historical Tour in German

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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: Melaten Cemetery Celebrities and Curiosities

    6. Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Celebrities and Curiosities

    Melaten Cemetery, which is over two centuries old, is an oasis of peace and quiet in the midst of this vibrant metropolis. Start the tour at its old main entrance. Your local guide will give you a short history of the area, how it was a village for the leppers, a place of execution, and finally how it became a central cemetery.

    Then, get ready to explore the area. Marvel at its parklike design and find numerous impressive monuments and objects of traditional and contemporary art. Admire Classicist to Neo-Gothic and Neo-Baroque grave monuments, symbols and sculptures.

    Melaten Cemetery has about 55,000 graves. Walk along the main paths reserved for the wealthy known as the "Millionaires Alley". Discover curious stories about the prominent Cologne citizens buried here. The tour will end at the tomb of the architect of the graveyard.

  • Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

    7. Cologne: 3-Hour Harbor Tour Cruise

    Enjoy some of Cologne’s harbors and their facilities with explanations from a knowledgeable local guide in German on this 3-hour harbor cruise. The tour on MS Rhein Cargo, MS Rheinland or MS Rheinperle examines the history of the Rheinau Harbor, offers insights into the Deutz Harbor and Mülheim Harbor and takes you into the container harbor Niehl, one of Germany’s largest inland harbors. During the tour your guide will offer you useful information and exciting anecdotes about Cologne's harbors, their history, dates and figures and you can observe the work in the harbor Niehl, a unique insight in the city.

  • Cologne: Guided Highlights Tour with a Local

    8. Cologne: Guided Highlights Tour with a Local

    Explore the cathedral from the outside. View the Dionysius mosaic from the outside the Roman-Germanic Museum. Stop by the Heizelmännchen fountain. Discover the town hall, the Alter Markt, and the banks of the Rhine River. See the well-preserved Roman ruins from when Cologne was a Roman colony. Walk along the old Roman city wall and see the “Roman Tower,” the northwestern corner tower of the Roman city wall, which is almost completely preserved. Stroll down the Roman harbor road and see a section of the Roman sewer.

  • Cologne: 1.5-Hour Comedy Bus Tour

    9. Cologne: 1.5-Hour Comedy Bus Tour

    Experience a comedy tour through Cologne onboard a moving stand-up stage. The mobile comedy showcase started in Hamburg before conquering the German capital and now bringing laughs to Cologne. During the 1.5-hour show in the modern bus, laugh your way through a discovery of Cologne. Endless jokes, stories, and extraordinary activities make this tour an innovative comedy adventure. Pass by all the major sights of the cathedral city and experience the origins of the jokes. Various comedians, including Keirut Wenzel, Jessica Sinapi, Dirk Volpert, Marcel Höfs or Klaus Teigel, bring the fun bus to a start every Friday and Saturday from 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM. Experience an entertaining mix of information and comedy, from spontaneous humor to historical anecdotes. Sightseeing meets comedy!

  • Cologne: Night Watchman Walking Tour

    10. Cologne: Night Watchman Walking Tour

    Be transported back in time with a walking tour of Cologne after dark. Follow the nightwatchman through the city as he regales you with frightening stories of centuries past. Walk past some of the most prominent historic locations in Cologne. Hear about the nightwatchman’s duties in the Middle Ages, as he patrolled the city to maintain order and peace. It was his job to protect the sleeping population from fire and thieves, to check the closing of the city gates, and to call the striking of the hour.  Learn about the modest lifestyle that the nightwatchman would lead. Listen to scary stories of the spooky goings-on that he would witness during the nighttime stillness.

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What people are saying about Cologne

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 259 reviews

Great city tour with interesting anecdotes. Dieter gave us very friendly, knowledgeable and humorous information about Cologne. Very recommendable!

Great insights into Cologne's history, hidden parts of the city with a very personable guide! Simply TOP !!!

.... We especially like the "little" stories that are not in any book ...

Exciting stories, presented by Ralf in a very humorous and entertaining manner

To get a first overview of the cemetery and its history, great.