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Cologne: City Centre Nativity Scenes Tour

Cologne: City Centre Nativity Scenes Tour

From US$ 13.56 per person

Take part in a typical custom of Cologne and the Rhineland by visiting some of the nativity scenes. You will experience scenes shown in churches, public places or shop windows in Cologne between Christmas and mid-January.

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  • Experience a typical custom of the Rhineland
  • Enjoy different nativity scenes, partly designed by artists
  • Learn interesting facts about the origins of Christmas customs
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During this guided tour of the nativity scenes, you will see interesting depictions designed by artists and lovingly cared for by the parishes, shop owners and other enthusiasts. Even in a place such as the main station, a Christmas crib will be on display. Here travelers and commuters are able to stop for a moment to become absorbed in thought. In most cases, the nativity scenes in churches change according to the time and the narrative of the Bible. This means for example that the Magi will only occur on the 6th of January. You will learn all about the Christian symbolism present in some of the Christmas cribs, or about the reason why sometimes a comet is shown instead of a star. You will also learn all about Christmas customs and their origins whilst visiting some of the most beautiful churches in Cologne. Each tour will be different as the route depends on access permission provided by the parishes. With this in mind, your tour will lead either to the city center, or to the northern city center.
  • Guided tour with a BVGD-certified guide
  • German-speaking tour guide
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
    • Masks are required while indoors

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    Roman's Northern Gate, between the steeples of the Cathedral and KölnTourismus

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    Sehr informativ und unterhaltsam. obwohl ich schon über 50 Jahre in Köln lebe, habe ich Kirchen betreten, die ich nicht kannte. keine Touri-Abzocke sondern von hoher Fachlichkeit und Qualität. Auch abseits vom Dom gibt es viele unterschiedliche Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Weihnachtszeit. Vielen Dank an Frau Volpp. Ich empfehle diese Führung sehr gerne weiter.

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