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Cologne: Guided Tour of the Melaten Cemetery

1. 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 Cathedral and Old Town Tour with 1 Kölsch

2. Cologne Cathedral and Old Town Tour with 1 Kölsch

Enjoy a historical tour of Cologne's old town and see interesting parts of the city while listening to interesting information about it. Be impressed by the outside of the Cologne Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   See the Alter Markt and walk along the Rhine with its picturesque views. Your tour guide is more than happy to show you around and provide you with exciting facts about the history and special culture of Cologne.  Hear about the Romans in Cologne and get some great survival tips for the city. Visit a traditional and rustic brewhouse and enjoy a beer with the group (Kölsch).

Cologne: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

3. Cologne: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Visit the fascinating cathedral city of Cologne and learn all about its 2000 years of history on a guided bike tour. Explore the city in an environmentally friendly way and ride through the Roman times to the Middle Ages up to the latest architectural developments. Along the way you’ll hear exciting anecdotes and fascinating historical facts on your journey of discovery though Germany’s oldest city. Explore Cologne on a route of approximately 15 kilometers and discover the most interesting places in the city along the way. Start at the Eigelsteintor, the medieval symbol of the northern old town, and ride past the Prussian Fort X and across the Zoobrücke. From here you can enjoy the fantastic views of Cologne’s skyline. Ride to the green area of the city, the right bank of Rheinpark, which was voted Germany’s most beautiful park in 2007. From the bridgehead of the Hohenzollern Bridge you will see the famous photo scene with the cathedral, the Crane Houses, and the many small towers. Stop on the historical steel bridge to see the love locks before heading to the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Museum Ludwig, and the world-famous cathedral. Relax at one of the breweries before exploring the winding streets of Martinsviertel. From here you'll cycle along the Rhine to Cologne’s newest and most exclusive area – the brand new Rheinauhafen. Its architectural highlights include the 3 Crane Houses, the Chocolate Museum, the Siebengebirgshaus, and the Wurstbude. Ride at a leisurely pace northward along the Rhine and admire the picturesque old town before returning to the starting point.

Cologne: Guided Highlights Tour with a Local

4. Cologne: Guided Highlights Tour with a Local

Embark on a walking tour in the historic city center of Cologne with a local guide who will show you the city highlights and provide you with ideas and tips for your stay. Experience the special flair of a city that is 2,000 years old. Step into local life as you explore the streets of Cologne with a local by your side. See the Gothic Cathedral, discover the impressive Dionysos mosaic next door, and pass the Museum Ludwig of Modern Art on your way to the river. Stroll along the banks of the Rhine, then walk through the narrow cobbled lanes of the former merchants’ quarter around St. Martin’s church to the spacious Alter Markt (Old Market Square) and the City Hall. 

Cologne: City Highlights with Local Guide

5. Cologne: City Highlights with Local Guide

Discover the 2000-year-old Roman-founded city of Cologne and hear more about its importance in the Middle Ages. Listen to why it is currently significant as a diverse city of one million residents on this tour with an expert guide from Cologne. Start at the equestrian monument "Heumarkt,"and stroll through the charming narrow alleys of the historic center. Follow the Rhine to the famous Ludwig Museum, and admire the the Philharmonic Hall and the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. Next, make your way back to the Heinzelmännchenbrunnen and hear about its legend. Travel to the "Alter Markt" to see the old town hall tower before arriving back where you started.

Cologne: Guided E-Scooter Tour

6. Cologne: Guided E-Scooter Tour

See the most beautiful landmarks of Cologne on a 3-wheeled scooter. Start your tour at the Alter Messeturm at the edge of the Rheinhallen in Deutz with a view over the Rhine to the famous Cathedral of the city. Cruise to the Hohenzollern Bridge - one of the city's landmarks and the busiest railway bridge in Germany. Cross the bridge on the way to the main station, catching beautiful views of the old town and the Rhine promenade. Pass the Heinrich-Böll-Platz with the striking Ludwig Museum and the Philharmonie, then drive around the imposing Cologne Cathedral. Venture through the small alleys of the historic Gürzenich with its hay market and then continue to the hub of the Old Town, the Old Market Square with the oldest town hall in Germany. After a short break, visit "Tünnes and Schäles", two puppet sculptures embedded in the culture and humor of the city. Rub their noses for an extra portion of luck! Cruise past the Romanesque St. Martin church, the path leads you directly along the Rhine down to the Rheinauhafen harbour. Head towards the Chocolate Museum, exploring three high-tech constructions on the peninsula known as the Crane Houses. Visit the most famous snack bar in Cologne, the "Wurstbraterei". Take a break here and savor a snack if you wish. Cross the Rhine again over the "Severinsbrücke". Under the thick steel ropes you will get fantastic panoramic views of the entire old town and of course, Cologne Cathedral. Return to the starting point to complete the comprehensive journey.

Cologne: Old City Guided Walking Tour

7. Cologne: Old City Guided Walking Tour

Go on a guided walking tour of Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest cities. Experience 2,000 years of history as you see the city’s iconic landmarks and architecture, from the relics of the Roman founders to the 21st century. Learn about German brewing and optionally taste a sample. Start at Cologne Cathedral that features Gothic architecture that took centuries to build. Learn about the rich history of this church. Then, walk to the Romano-Germanic Museum through the bustling street where people, street musicians, and other artists frequent. Look through the windows and spot a very impressive mosaic. Just 1,800 years ago, parties were celebrated here. Next, discover how much Germans and especially the people of Cologne love beer. Learn about the city’s almost 1,000-year-old brewing traditions and pub etiquette. Hear how all waiters in Cologne have the same name. Before moving on, taste a sample if you’d like. After, visit the oldest city hall in Germany and take a look at the place where cologne (perfume) was invented. Walk through the busy squares of the old city and pass by the monument of the two citizens of Cologne, Tünnes and Schääl.

Cologne: Guided Walking Tour of the Cathedral Exterior

8. Cologne: Guided Walking Tour of the Cathedral Exterior

Discover the past and present of the Cologne Cathedral on a guided walking tour of the exterior. Get lost in the dramatic tale of the Cathedral as you hear about its most curious details. Uncover the secrets of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Meet your guide outside the Cathedral and begin your walking tour. Learn about how the it took more than 600 years after the groundbreaking ceremony in 1248 for the Cathedral to be completed in the 19th century. Listen as your guide answers questions like why did they construct a Gothic cathedral in the first place and why was it so enormous. Let your guide tell you about how the crane become a landmark in the city. Find out what the star on top of the ridge turret signifies. Explore the cathedral from different perspectives and find out how war damaged this piece of history. Learn about its ongoing reconstruction. Your guide will also include explanations on the highlights of the interior, so you can self-organized a visit.

Cologne: Historic Town Scavenger Hunt

9. Cologne: Historic Town Scavenger Hunt

The Cologne scavenger hunt will take you past the most beautiful sights of the Rhine metropolis. Start your adventure at the main station and then head to the Cathedral, which is Cologne's landmark. Also, discover the Heinzelmännchen fountain, the old market with the town hall, the Heumarkt, the Great St. Martin church, the Rhine promenade, and much more. Your city game box contains 16 sealed and numbered envelopes, each holding riddles that need to be solved. Follow clear and precise directions and find your way to the various sights. Once you solve a riddle you will be given a number, which reveals which envelope to open next. You won’t know ahead of time in which succession the Scavenger Hunt City Game envelopes need to be opened. Have fun while you receive detailed information regarding the historical background of every attraction.

Cologne: Guide Walking Tour for Children

10. Cologne: Guide Walking Tour for Children

Take a guided walking tour of Cologne created specifically for kids 8-12. Discover the oldest part of the city, its ancient sites, and hear stories about the Romans, the building of the Cathedral, and the role of the devil in its construction. Bring your kids and let them experience history. Arrive at the meeting point and being the walk through the oldest parts of Cologne. Look around at the ancient ruins and listen to the tale of the Heinzelmannchen, a mystical race of creatures connected to the region. Next, visit the little guy that hung his naked backside out of a window to rub the nose of Tunnes just to make a wish come true. Explore the Roman underground, and hear tales of their influence. Give kids a chance to feel engaged in the history of Cologne.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 267 reviews

We decided to do a tour of Cologne's old town because it was our first time in Cologne and we didn't just want to marvel at Cologne Cathedral. Our guide, Sebastian, introduced us to Cologne Cathedral and the old town in an entertaining and humorous way. The tour is very interesting not only for tourists but also for locals. Two hours that you should schedule without hesitation at any time for a visit to Cologne. Sebastian is a great guide, who not only impressed with his entertaining, informative manner, but also with a small singing performance and animal-related knowledge of Cologne's city history. We hope that our guide will also be next time and give full marks plus stars.

We've done a few tours before, but this was one of the best. The guide not only shared his considerable expertise, but also incorporated current issues. All questions were answered spontaneously. His Rhenish sense of humor was refreshing. The 2 hours passed very quickly. We were a small group as one other person didn't show up. We immediately implemented his recommendation for a visit and dinner in a smaller brewery restaurant, and that was also a hit!

It was a nice informative city tour, the time flew by. Our tour guide showed us the most important sights in the city and on the Rhine. At the same time, the manners and customs of the people of Cologne were explained with a lot of humor and wit. Great tour and highly recommended!

Great tour, guide gave us the chance to express our interests upfront so we could be sure to include them. Super friendly, funny, I learned a lot of interesting stuff. Even off questions I wouldn’t have expected him to necessitated know.

Great tour because you don't just walk around the cathedral like you would during a visit, but also get to know the other side of the Rhine. Tobi is very knowledgeable and took the time to explain.