Great St. Martin Church, Cologne

Great St. Martin Church, Cologne: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cologne: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

1. Cologne: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know Cologne at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. Enjoy this ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn exciting facts and create memories that you won’t forget. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Discover another side of Cologne on this fun tour. Be sure to take photos of Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in northern Europe. If heights don’t phase you, then take a trip to the cathedral’s roofs to get a view of the city. Start your tour at Cologne Central Station. Visit Cologne Cathedral with its magnificent architecture. Photograph the ornate Heinzelmännchenbrunnen and learn about Josef Richard Frings, a great Cologne figure. The Town Hall will amaze you, it is one of the characteristic symbols of Cologne. Next, the Old Town awaits you, don't forget to take pictures in the fairytale place. Great San Martin Church will leave you speechless with its peaceful beauty, Romanesque architecture, and famous tower. Admire the Fischmarkt Square with its unique fountain. The unique Kölner Pegel is worth your time to learn about, and the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Chocolate Museum to travel through beautiful tastes.

Cologne: Rhine River Cruise with Live Music

2. Cologne: Rhine River Cruise with Live Music

Enjoy the charming sights of Cologne from a heated boat on the Rhine River. Sip on a glass of Kölsch or a hot beverage as you take in the atmosphere.  View some of Cologne's most spectacular architecture, like the Groß St. Martin Church, the former Rheinau harbour with the three crane houses and, of course, Cologne Cathedral.  Listen to a musician play both traditional and modern tunes live. Purchase some cold local beer, tea, or coffee to enjoy during your cruise.

Cologne: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

3. 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

4. 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: Roman History Self-Guided Audio Guide Walking Tour

5. Cologne: Roman History Self-Guided Audio Guide Walking Tour

Travel 2,000 years into the past on a self-guided walking tour of Roman Cologne, founded by Emperor Augustus himself. The city’s first 500 years of occupation by the Romans permanently shaped Cologne. On this audio guide tour, see the remnants of this ancient city that are hidden in plain sight. Begin the journey in front of the Kreuzblume beside the Cologne Cathedral, where you’ll hear about the city’s old northern gate. Along the way, check out original Roman stairs, and learn how to spot the celebrated Roman soldiers, Marsilius and Agrippa, on the Gürzenich Köln's imposing Gothic facade. The audio guide will point out the Great St Martin Church which was built in the Middle Ages on the foundations of a Roman warehouse in the former Roman temple district, St Maria im Kapitol. Find out why Die Römische Hafenstraße in Köln (a Roman harbor road) was imperfectly rebuilt in Kurt Hackenberg Platz and locate the largest Roman palace in the Rhineland. Hear about an ancient Roman sewer that survived wars, floods, and the industrial revolution, but might soon succumb to German fire protection regulations. Walk down one of the oldest continuously used roads in an urban center north of the Alps. Peer through the window of the Roman-Germanic Museum to see one of the world’s largest and best-preserved Roman mosaics. Find an archaeological gem inside a metro station and learn what the 1969 moon landing has to do with the ancient Romans in Cologne. By the end of the tour, you’ll also know why the Romans founded a city so far from their home, and where to find remnants of their walls in places you may never expect. The walk through the ages comes to an end near the Ubii Monument, the oldest stone tower in Germany.

Cologne: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour

6. 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: entertaining guided tour to old town highlights

7. Cologne: entertaining guided tour to old town highlights

Go on a walking tour of Cologne’s old town and visit its most beautiful sites. Listen to your local guide tell you all about the history and culture of the city. Make stops at Neumarkt, Cologne Cathedral, Cologne City Hall, and more. Begin by meeting your guide at the Romans' Northern Gate. Head to the world-famous Cologne Cathedral. Admire the UNESCO World Heritage Site from the outside, as your guide tells you all about the history of the city’s landmark. Continue to explore Cologne's Roman origins, and make stops at sites such as the town hall and the Romanesque Great St. Martin Church. Learn all about the traditions that are special to Cologne, such as carnival. Find out why people from the city have a reputation for being friendly.

Cologne: City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone

8. Cologne: City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone

You’re looking for a fun way to explore the city at your own pace? Then, this city-exploration game is made for you! You’ll entertain all your group with interesting questions, while still teaching them fun facts about the city. Your mission (should you choose to accept it): Jackson Wilde, the famous city-explorer, needs your help… Help him solve quizzes to gather as many points as possible. With this activity, you will be guided through the following locations: 1. Hohenzollern Bridge 2. Cathedral 3. Great St. Martin's Church 4. Heinzelmännchen Fountain 5. Old Market 6. City Hall 7. Kolumba 8. Hahnentor Download the app on Android or iOS (or access it directly through your browser) to get access to a fun mission, multiple quizzes, as well as city guides about each monument. So, are you ready to explore Cologne?

Skip-the-Line Chocolate Museum & Old Town Guided Tour

9. Skip-the-Line Chocolate Museum & Old Town Guided Tour

Who doesn't like chocolate? Chocolate is the favourite of both adults and children, but do you know how it's made? Visit the Chocolate Museum in Cologne to learn all about the wonders of cacao! Get the best experience possible with skip-the-line entrance tickets and private one-way transportation. Discover a chocolate wonderland in the heart of Cologne! Choose the 30-minute option to enjoy a self-guided tour of the Chocolate Museum, a Top Ten German museum. For your convenience, we will organise a 5-Stars Driver and a clean, air-conditioned vehicle for a pickup from your accommodation to make it easier for your group to get to the museum. We also provide skip-the-line tickets to save you time at the entrance, as it is one of the most visited attractions in Cologne. The Chocolate Museum explores 5,000 years of chocolate and cacao history, from ancient traditions of the Mayas and Aztecs, through industrialization to the 21st century! Follow the journey from a cacao bean to a delicious bar of chocolate! Discover the magic and wonder of chocolate production. See cacao trees growing in a small tropicarium and miniature versions of machines used to make chocolate. Sample chocolate made inside the museum from the 3-metre-high chocolate fountain and visit the cafe and souvenir shop to buy delicious and unique chocolate products! This is where all your chocolate dreams can come true! Choose the 3-hour tour to enhance your experience with a walking tour of Cologne’s Old Town led by a 5-Stars Expert Guide. Immerse yourself in local history, culture and urban legends. See the oldest city hall in Germany at the Old Market and visit the Great St. Martin Church, one the 12 main churches of Cologne. Marvel at the magnificent Cologne Cathedral and the Hohenzollern Bridge. Take a walk along the Rhine promenade and enjoy the atmosphere of the Fish Market. The guide will escort you all the way to the Chocolate Museum.

Cologne’s Medieval Churches Private Tour

10. Cologne’s Medieval Churches Private Tour

They say that there are as many churches in Cologne as there are days in a year, so on this original tour we will show you the city's most historically and architecturally important sacred buildings! Discover interesting facts and legends about religion in Germany. Your 2-hour tour begins right in the heart of Cologne’s Old Town, at the lively Old Market Square. This is where you will find Great St. Martin Church, one of the city’s 12 Romanesque churches. Step inside this magnificent building to enjoy its tranquil atmosphere and hear its story, from the original Roman chapel, through a Benedictine monastery, to WWII damages and reconstruction. A few steps away you will find Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most famous monument. Admire its spectacular Gothic architecture and find out why the Cathedral is important not only to Cologne’s Christians but also Jews. See also the Baroque-style Kirche Mariä Himmelfahrt and the Romanesque-style Basilica of St Ursula, which houses a shrine made of real bones. The final stop will be at the medieval Basilica of St Gereon, which has one of the largest and most beautiful domes in Europe.

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(106 reviews)

River cruise was exactly what we wanted. it's was quite posh on board and the staff served table service promptly. There was a singer and piano player on board. the 1.5hr cruise was lovely for our adults (no kids!) weekend away

It was an excellent tour! Very comfortable, just the right duration, very pleasant live music and good food/drink choices. Highly recommended!

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

A lot of fun to do! Performed with the scooters and it was easy to do!

This city does have some beautiful places to photograph