Cologne City Hall: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cologne: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

Cologne: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

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: Private Walking Tour of City Center

Cologne: Private Walking Tour of City Center

Discover some of Cologne’s most relevant sites on a private walking tour in the city center. Wander along the river Rhine, gaze at the Cologne Cathedral, and cross the Hohenzollern Bridge while chatting with a local guide. Begin the tour in front of the city’s famed cathedral and take in this hallmark, historical structure that lies adjacent to the Rhine. The cathedral is the city’s second tallest building and boasts the title of UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, take the opportunity to see the Dionysus Mosaic, which dates from around A.D. 220 and is the centerpiece of the Roman-Germanic Museum. After checking out the mosaic, stroll along the Hohenzollern Bridge, which overlooks the Rhine, and snap some photos to capture this memorable experience. From the bridge, continue the tour in Cologne’s Old Town and experience its unique historical appeal. Take in the traditional old housing and local breweries, which are located directly along the Rhine. As you pass through Old Town’s narrow alleys, next stop at the Great St. Martin Church located at the city’s historical fish market. Observe the church’s distinctive design that has shaped Old Town’s skyline throughout the years. Next pass by the Willi Ostermann Fountain and then stop by the historical Cologne City Hall, famous for its Renaissance façade. After that check out the city’s largest shopping strip, Hohe Street, where everything can be found from electronics to clothes and shoes. Wrap up the walking tour by stopping at Heinzelmännchen Fountain, a monument dedicated to a local myth about little people who used to work all night so the people of Cologne could take it easy during the day.     

Cologne: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Cologne: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at Cologne Central Station, and visit Cologne Cathedral with its magnificent architecture. Photograph the ornate Heinzelmännchenbrunnen and learn about Josef Richard Frings, a great Cologne figure. Enjoy the tour in your language, integrated with google maps so you won’t get lost. Join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. See the Town Hall, one of the mos characteristic symbols of Cologne, and take pictures in the beautiful Old Town. Admire San Martin Church, and be left speechless by its beauty, Romanesque Architecture, and famous tower. Admire the Fischmarkt Square with its unique fountain, and the unique Kölner Pegel, before moving on to the famous Chocolate Museum.

Cologne: Fables, Fairy Tales, and Legends Tour in German

Cologne: Fables, Fairy Tales, and Legends Tour in German

Embark on a guided walking tour of Cologne and get to know the city's fascinating past by way of its fables, fairy tales, and legends. Hear about and visit the iconic Cologne Cathedral, Heinzelmännchen Fountain, the City Hall, and the imposing Gothic Gürzenich. Meet your guide and group at Cologne Cathedral and kick off the tour with a debate on whether Master Gerhard indeed won the battle with the devil. Discover at the Heinzelmännchen Fountain why curiosity is not always good in life. Don't be too scared at the City Hall when demons and old mayors are conjured up. And at the Gürzenich, get excited about the cunning ways of some of Cologne's historical women. The narrative journey ends with those suffering the most potent of emotions: unrequited love.

Cologne - Private Tour

Cologne - Private Tour

Walk by a pedestrian street which is 500 meters long and is a wonderful mix of modern, and Roman architectures. Said to be the busiest shopping street in Europe, we'll be walking by its wonders: the Atoniterkirche church, or the Weltstadthaus contemporary building, designed by Renzo Piano. Stop at Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus, also known as the Farina Fragrance Museum, it is the oldest fragrance factory and the birthplace of Eau de Cologne. We will travel back in the Rococo Era to learn the astonishing production methods of perfume, but also the history of the original Eau de Cologne. Walk by Rathausplatz, the oldest city hall in Germany. Founded in the 12th century, the Renaissance style monument is the home of the mayor and the city government. The City Hall is composed of a Gothic-style tower of 61 meters high, a Renaissance-style external corridor, a piazzeta and a spanisher bau. Those various design styles make the building unique. Visit the Great St. Martin Church, a wonderful example of Medieval architecture. Founded in the 10th century on the remains of a Roman chapel, the building has been built and rebuilt many times. The Great St. Martin Church went by many Baroque and Classical influences. Get to see the Cologne Chocolate Museum and experience Chocolate history from the Maya period to our present day. Several attractions are waiting for you there: the palm house composed of cacao trees, a 3-meter-high chocolate fountain, and small versions of the machines used in the creation of chocolate. Walk on the Hohenzollern Bridge, built between 1907 and 1911, it was one of the most important bridges during World War II in Germany. Since 1948, it has become a tied arch bridge surrounded by four beautiful equestrian statues representing Prussian kings and German Emperors. Finally, get to see the Cathedral, a World Heritage Site since 1996, and a famous monument of Gothic architecture. With the largest façade and the tallest twin-spired in the world, the Cologne Cathedral is considered as a masterpiece in all Christian Monument History.

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4.6
(33 reviews)

Aylin gave us a fantastic tour of cologne. We were a family group of 8 - aged from 16 to 65 and we all really enjoyed the tour. It was informative, fun, interactive and educational. We learned a lot about the very interesting history of Cologne and even though I have lived here in and off for over 30 years, there was a lot that I learned. Aylin is a great guide who made old Cologne come to life and gave our guests from the US and UK and si a great afternoon. Thank you Aylin 🙏🏼🙏🏼

Alfred led the tour in a very exciting, humorous and entertaining way. We would definitely do more tours with him, but not necessarily again in 30 degrees.

Very calm and charming tour in English. With some wit and local color. Everyone in the group really enjoyed it.

Aylin was a great guide and very knowledgeable about the area and buildings. She gave a great tour.

It was a very nice, relaxed, interesting tour with our guide Michael.