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Melatenfriedhof, Cologne

Melatenfriedhof, Cologne

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

1. 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: Guided Tour of Melatenfriedhof

2. 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.

Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Guided Tour - Famous Personalities

3. 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: Melaten Cemetery Celebrities and Curiosities

4. 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: Melaten Cemetery Tour in German

5. Cologne: Melaten Cemetery Tour in German

Discover a place of peace, quietness and remembrance and visit the Melaten Cemetery (Melatenfriedhof) in Cologne. Created in the beginning of the 19th century, it is located on the former grounds of a leprosarium. Join a guided tour through the green oasis and marvel at the park-like area with pompous tombs and vaults as well as modestly or quaintly designed tombs. Listen to a piece of the city’s history during the walk in the cemetery and find out which famous personalities were laid to rest here. Learn more about the so-called “sponsorship tombs” and marvel at the cemetery chapel from the 13th century.

The rather unknown Melaten

6. The rather unknown Melaten

Come with us to the other side of Melaten, off the beaten track there are so many special things to discover. Most guided tours of Melaten start at the Old Main Entrance and go through the western part of the cemetery, where there are also many celebrity graves. But there is also another part of Melaten that only a few guided tours have covered so far. We want to show you this area. We will introduce you to the picturesque funeral gardens, walk with you to the graves of well-known and unknown Cologne citizens, of carnivalists and musicians, brewers and soldiers, and tell you the stories about them from the people of old and new Cologne.

Bike Tour of Cologne Top Attractions with Private Guide

7. Bike Tour of Cologne Top Attractions with Private Guide

Experience highlights of Cologne during fantastic Bike Tour. Meet your 5-Stars Guide who will lead you safely around the city to show you the best parts with plenty of chances to stop for fabolous souvenir photos! Explore historic Old Town and discover hidden gems. Forget about tourist crowds, tired feet, and traffic jams! Hop on the bike, follow the Bike-Passionate Guide and explore city ecologically. Start from famous Cologne Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire its magnificence and breathtaking Gothic architecture. Riding to the north-west of the Old Town you will pass by the St. Andrews Church. Further discover the beautiful St. Gereon Church and learn the legend about its patron. It will take you back to the mysterious times of Roman Empire and beginnings of Christianity. Nearby Mariensaule monument in the park is a perfect spot to take a memorable photos. After some ride back towards the Rhine river see the picturesque Old Market with fantastic Historic Town Hall and Romanesque Great St. Martin Church. Your guide will make sure that you spot all key attractions. You will cross the river on the famous steel Hohenzollern Bridge. For sure you will be amazed with its structure and views of the city. Enjoy the Love Lock Bridge with thousands of colourful padlocks all around. Your Private Guide will tell you the story behind. Then you will ride to the Koelntriangle for fabulous views across the Rhine to Cologne city. Enjoy all this route in 2-hours with accompany of live commentary provided by Local Expert-Guide. In 4-hours option your Private Guide will take you in addition to the outer western edge of the Old Town to show you the Colonius Tower, peaceful historic Melaten Cemetery and Hiroshima-Nagasaki Park to enjoy nature and some rest. Go for 6-hours city exploration to have experience and visit south Cologne with its famous 12th century Severinstorburg and Chlodwigplatz. For artists it is the real heart of Cologne. Enjoy a picturesque and refreshing ride in the park along the Rhine river.

Cologne: Melaten Cemetery with Old Town Private Tour

8. Cologne: Melaten Cemetery with Old Town Private Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of Melaten Cemetery and see the final resting place of the city's prominent personalities. Discover a place of silence embedded in a beautiful park in the middle of Cologne. Visit remarkable Old Town and its highlights while strolling in the picturesque cobblestone streets. The guide will tell you fascinating stories and make sure to deliver you unforgettable memories! Discover this unique urban cemetery located on the former grounds of a leprosarium and execution site. The guided walk offers an oasis of green and a glimpse into the city's storied history, art and personalities. Visit tombs of celebrities and listen to a piece of the history of the emerging economic metropolis in the 19th century. Explore the park with incomparable flora and fauna, popular inner-city green retreat. Stroll through the beautiful and tranquil “millions alleys” and learn about the so-called “sponsorship tombs”. Find out about the marvel at the cemetery chapel from the 13th century. Enjoy moments of peace and tranquility during the 2-hour tour with 5-Stars Professional Guide. Learn interesting facts and curiosities about historical personalities and impressive tombs and monuments. Visit the former ""Leprosenanstalt"". Discover much more in a 4-hours tour, which includes a 2-hours Old Town Highlights with the Local 5-Stars Guide. You will use public transport to get to the Old Town. Then the tour will start at the picturesque Old Market Square, Historic Town Hall and Romanesque Great St. Martin Church. Your guide will make sure that you spot all key attractions. Strolling briefly through the charming streets you arrive at the famous gothic Cologne Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have the opportunity to explore it and discover the world famous Shrine of the Three Kings. Then you will enjoy a walk through the park along the Rhine river. Starting at the impressive steel Hohenzollern Bridge, known as the Love Lock Bridge with thousands of colourful padlocks. Then you will enjoy refreshing stroll in the Rhine park passing by the popular Alter Markt, Fish Markt and Pegel Turm.

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4.9
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Very committed guide, entertaining lecture with a wonderful Cologne accent and lots of anecdotes. It was so nice that we barely noticed the cold.

It was 2 hours that went by so quickly for the 5 participants. Mr. Speier gave us a very entertaining tour of Melaten. Thank you again

Our companion, Beate, gave us a great tour with good information and funny Cologne anecdotes. Thank you, it was very nice

Very informative and entertaining tour. We learned a lot coupled with nice anecdotes. Highly recommended!!

Very entertaining with a lot of humor and information.. highly recommended.,