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Cologne: Cologne Zoo Christmas Garden Entrance Ticket

1. Cologne: Cologne Zoo Christmas Garden Entrance Ticket

Visit Cologne Zoo after dark and take an enchanted walk through the Cologne Christmas Garden. Follow the 2km route and see how the zoo has been transformed with sparkling illuminations. See how millions of light points and colorful light installation have contributed to a land of winter wonders in Cologne. Admire the impressive animal and plant life of the park as you wander through a fairytale landscape. Purchase a hot beverage or savor tasty dishes at the park. Embrace an ideal festive activity with your family and loved ones.

Cologne: The Melaten Cemetery, Life, Love and Death Tour

2. Cologne: The Melaten Cemetery, Life, Love and Death Tour

Wander through Melaten Cemetery in Cologne and see the tombs of the city's most prominent personalities on a walking tour. Immerse yourself in the tranquility and rich history of the large park with a guide. 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 thousand square meters and around 55,000 gravesites. Enjoy moments of peace and quiet during the 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: The Night Watchman Old Town Walking Tour in German

3. Cologne: The Night Watchman Old Town Walking Tour in German

Explore the old town of Cologne on a guided tour and see the historic buildings at night. Follow the night watchman in his historical costume by the light of his lantern to another time, when every full hour was proclaimed. Learn all about the duties of the historical night watchman and life in the Middle Ages as you wander through the narrow streets of Cologne's Old Town. Learn why pigs were beaten in front of Cologne's churches and why stray dogs were so well-fed in centuries past. Discover how Cologne's citizens resisted the authorities and listen to many legends and anecdotes about Cologne's history.

Cologne: Top Sights Rhine River Cruise

4. Cologne: Top Sights Rhine River Cruise

See Cologne's top sights from the water on a city cruise. Spot the world-famous Cologne Cathedral, cruise under 5 bridges, and take in the running commentary from the ship's speakers. Start your Rhine cruise with the ship MS Rheinperle, MS Rheinland, or MS Rheintreue. After taking in a view of the iconic Cologne Cathedral and Old Town, cruise to the Rheinauhafen, where you can spot its distinctive crane houses. Pass under 5 bridges to reach Rodenkirchen in the south. The cruise will then take you to the main sights of the city north of the Dome, such as the Zoobrücke bridge. During the cruise, discover more about the sights of Cologne with on-board commentary and English and German. If you want, relax with a local Kölsch beer or a strong coffee and a piece of cake.

Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Guided Tour - Famous Personalities

5. Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Guided Tour - Famous Personalities

Visit Cologne's time-honored celebrity cemetery and learn more about the former entrepreneurs, bankers, actors or politicians, who found their last resting place at Melaten Cemetery. Learn interesting details from the lives of many personalities, who were considered famous during their lifetime and many of whom are still well-known today. The central axis of the cemetery isn't called Million Avenue for nothing. Admire the different tombs, stroll through the park-like complex and enjoy this special place of quietness and remembering.

Cologne: Panoramic City Cruise

6. Cologne: Panoramic City Cruise

Journey through the charming city of Cologne and discover its sightseeing highlights from the water. Grab some snacks and drinks from the onboard bar (at your own expense), and relax as you look out at Cologne’s historic landmarks and bridges. Get to know Cologne's Old Town, characterized by its beautiful churches and historic buildings. You'll also spot impressive modern buildings here and there, such as the Lindt chocolate museum.  Take in views of bridges from the water like the Hohenzollern, Deutz Suspension Bridge, and the South Bridge. Pass by the the German Sports and Olympic Museum and cruise through the ultra-modern Rheinauhafen urban regeneration project.  Admire the beautiful Cologne Cathedral and snap some photos from afar to capture the structure in all its glory.

Cologne: Old Town Brewhouse Tour

7. 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.

Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Celebrities and Curiosities

8. 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: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

9. Cologne: Winter Cruise with Live Music and Mulled Wine

Enjoy a festive and romantic winter cruise along the Rhine River with live music and a hot beverage of your choice. Get great views from the panorama boat of Cologne’s skyline, which is beautifully decorated during the holiday season. See some of Cologne's most iconic sites like the famous church "Groß St. Martin", the former Rheinau Harbour with the three crane houses and, of course, Cologne Cathedral. Listen to musicians play festive music and sip on a cup of "Glühwein" (hot wine punch), coffee, or hot chocolate.

Cologne: Guided Tour of Melatenfriedhof

10. Cologne: Guided Tour of Melatenfriedhof

Take a trip through the history of Cologne on a guided tour of Melatenfriedhof, the central cemetery of the city. Before it became a cemetery, it was already an execution site and leprosy ward far outside the city walls. Follow your guide around the 5500 graves. Listen to stories about the history of the city, and the celebrities who have been laid to rest in this historical graveyard.

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What people are saying about Cologne

Hello, it was an all-round success. Were about a 14 - ner troupe. Marcus has the troops entertaining with info. supplied and the 2 hours were interesting and the stop in a brewery for a Kölsch should not be missed.

Really nicely done. Great circular route through the zoo. Small highlights everywhere. If you don't get in the Christmas spirit. Just great. Should you have seen

Our guide Ulrika was excellent and I had no idea how steeped in history the Kolsch beer and its traditions were. I especially loved the old roman street cellar bar.

war richtig unterhaltsam und wir hatten das Gefühl Köln nochmal ganz anders kennengelernt zu haben. Ist sehr zu empfehlen!

not only a beer tour, but a veritable city centre tour, filled with interesting information and fun facts