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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 Old Town: Historical Tour in German

2. 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: Melaten Cemetery Celebrities and Curiosities

3. 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.

Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

4. 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: Haunted Cologne City Exploration Game & Tour

5. Cologne: Haunted Cologne City Exploration Game & Tour

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.

Cologne: Ghost Tour in German

6. 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: Historical Crime Tour in German

7. Cologne: Historical Crime Tour in German

Discover some of Cologne's crime scenes from 1900 to the present together with your expert guide. In recent decades, Cologne has repeatedly made headlines with Hollywood-like burglaries, robbery, child abduction and murder, with resolved and unresolved crimes. Some of the cases have been remembered, but others have been completely forgotten, although the media interest was great. Not only have the media played a major role in the recent criminal cases, but also the criminals' and investigators' methods have changed a lot. Immerse yourself in the dark side of the city from the cathedral to the Neumarkt and find out more about Cologne's horrendous history.

Cologne: Night Watchman Tour (Costume Tour in German)

8. Cologne: Night Watchman Tour (Costume Tour in German)

No one knows the nighttime streets of medieval Cologne better than the night watchmen, who ensure law and order when respectable citizens have long since left the city’s streets. On this costume tour through northern Cologne's old town, you will learn who pursued their trade at night, where the dishonest and the beggars lived, and on which nights the inhabitants of Cologne cultivated magical customs.

Cologne: Historical Crime Tour in German

9. Cologne: Historical Crime Tour in German

Embark on a journey back in time to medieval Cologne and follow in the footsteps of past crime. Discover the shocking punishments given out. Stroll through Cologne's beautiful old town and enjoy yourself on a city tour of a special kind. Learn all about crime and punishment in the middle ages on a sociable tour through Cologne's old town and hear what reflective and speaking punishments meant in those times. Listen to stories about gallows birds and witches and learn all about the duties and the reputation of executioners in the past.

Cologne Ehrenfeld: Crime Mystery Tour with Games Host

10. Cologne Ehrenfeld: Crime Mystery Tour with Games Host

In this fictional criminal case, you have to find out the whereabouts of a woman from Cologne who has disappeared. For a week there has been no trace of Karla S. An old school friend of the missing person has received a letter leading him to believe that she may have disappeared on purpose. But what is behind it? Can you help him to solve the mysterious disappearance? Passing well-known and unknown places in the district, you will discover the secret. But don't make it too easy. The wanted person has camouflaged their trail well. At various locations you have to follow and collect clues and solve tricky puzzles that will gradually show you the way to the solution. Can you crack all the codes and solve the case as a team?

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What people are saying about Cologne

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 530 reviews

Theoretically you can of course also visit the cemetery without a guide, but then you miss the best. The two-hour guided tour by Manfred Speier was extremely entertaining and informative and passed by in a flash. He packs the information in a variety of anecdotes and background information so that it never gets boring, even remotely. We laughed a lot and learned a lot. A very successful afternoon that I can wholeheartedly recommend

Our "night watchman Marie" entertained us very well despite the windy and rainy weather and led us very entertainingly into the past. Thank you for that and all the best!

Very authentic hike with the night watchman's wife to historical points of the city of Cologne. She was very good at taking you back in time to a past life.

Very interesting tour, the guide was great! Great background information, explained in an informative and funny way!

The guide was extremely good, with incredibly interesting narration.