Guided tour

Cologne Old Town: Historical Tour in German

Cologne Old Town: Historical Tour in German

From US$ 15.27 per person

Follow the night watchman into the medieval past of Cologne's old town with its dark secrets. Walk past the historic buildings of the city and listen to eerie tales and legends.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Experience an informative and amusing guided tour through the old town of Cologne
  • Follow a traditionally dressed night watchman
  • Embark on a journey through time to medieval Cologne and hear more about life and work in a time long past
Full description
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. 
  • 1.5-hour tour of the old town
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must also bring a valid form of government-issued photo ID
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months

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Meeting point

Rathauseingang Alter Markt.

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Important information

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  • This tour is only available in German
  • The guided tour is also suitable for children (from approx. 10 years)
  • Children aged 12 years or younger can participate for free
  • Sturdy footwear is recommended
  • This is a barrier-free tour
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 356 reviews

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The night watchman tour had only a few stops at which something was told. This may have been due to the Christmas markets. Even if the 90 minutes were kept, I would have liked a few stops and (possibly shorter) stories more, especially since there is a lot to see in the old town even at night. For example, nothing was said about the cathedral or other churches and medieval buildings.

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December 10, 2019

Highly recommended and entertaining tour! The group size was pleasant and our night watchman Bernd really had a good mixture of interesting, funny and scary stories from the old "Cologne" to report. The participants were involved in a very pleasant way. We registered as a third party and we really enjoyed it!

October 21, 2019

Ich kann jedem diese Tour nur empfehlen,wenn man als Besucher von Köln mal eine ausgefallene Besichtigungstour machen möchte. Zu dem Treffpunkt hat jeder hingefunden... Der Guide...☆Der Hammer!!!☆ Wir waren ca 20 Personen bei der Tour und der "Nachtwächter" ein klasse Typ hat es super lustig gestaltet. Er sprach gutes Anfängerkölsch,das jeder verstand. Einfach nur empfehlenswert!!!

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October 5, 2020

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