Cologne
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Our most recommended Cologne Beer Tasting & Brewery Tours

  • Cologne: Kölsch Beer Brewhouse Tour

    1. Cologne: Kölsch Beer Brewhouse Tour

    Take a fascinating tour of the brewhouses of Cologne, taste a distinctive Kölsch beer in each, and learn more about the Cologne lifestyle. Learn about the Kölsch Convention of 1986 and how this type of beer is a protected regional speciality within the EU. Discover what a Kölsch and Alt beer have in common, and what a “Köbes” and a “Pittermännche” are. By the end of the tour you’ll understand where the German phrase “to have something on your tally stick” comes from. Visit the following brewhouses in Cologne Oldtown: Brauhaus Früh am Dom or Brauhaus Sion, Peters Brauhaus or Dom im Stapelhaus, Brauhaus zum Prinzen (replete with many photos of local hero Lukas Podolski) or Sünner im Walfisch, and finally Bierhaus en d’r Salzgass (a highlight of Cologne Carnival) or the Bierhaus am Rhein Finish the tour by receiving a souvenir certificate that proves your expert knowledge of Kölsch beer.

    It wasn't made clear that the tour was in German, which the German tour guide was annoyed about when we arrived (once we found her). Fortunately her colleague, Boris, was amazing and great fun. Should be made clear that this is not a brewery tour but a tour to some pubs essentially.

  • Cologne: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

    2. Cologne: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

    If you are you looking for a fun way to explore the beautiful city and history of Cologne, this renowned brewery tour is a great choice. On this tour, the guides have the freedom to choose which breweries to take you to. This allows them to make decisions based on the group dynamic, ensuring that everyone is entertained and satisfied. If you'd like an even more personalized experience, select the option with a private guide. The 2-hour tour begins near the cathedral's grand entrance by the Kreuzblumen monument. After a couple of fun facts about the cathedral and the Kreuzblume, you start the thirst-quenching journey to three different breweries, where you will taste three delicious local beers to find the one that best suits you. You will not only learn a little bit about the breweries and the local brewing culture, but most importantly, you will taste the result of hundreds of years o...

    Very enjoyable afternoon trip with Johann, our friendly guide, showing us a bit of Cologne, some breweries and telling us about the city and some of the customs around the local lager, Koelsch.

  • Cologne: Old Town Brewhouse Tour

    3. 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.

    So much fun! Learned interesting and fun facts about kolsch. The entire experience felt completely natural and fun, never did it feel uncomfortable like some tours do. Great way to spend a few hours, highly recommend

  • Cologne: 3-Hour Südstadt Food Tour

    4. Cologne: 3-Hour Südstadt Food Tour

    Start your 3-hour walking tour at Chlodwigplatz, in the heart of the Südstadt. Learn some culinary facts about the district before enjoying your first taster. Hear about the history of the Südstadt as the walk continues. Stop for your second international gastronomical visit. Continue past cool second-hand shops, comic book stores, and the Mangal Döner, Lukas Podolski's latest project. Visit a Cologne brewery before stopping for a typical Cologne snack. Get more insider knowledge from your guide and hear the story of the House Balchem, St. Severin, and the wrong side of the Rhine. Savor another international delicacy and then end the tour with a sweet specialty.

    Ging ein bisschen länger als geplant aber war trotzdem super mit dem Börni/ Bernhard

  • Brewery & Old Town Tour with Beer Tasting

    5. Brewery & Old Town Tour with Beer Tasting

    Experience 4 typical breweries in the Old Town and learn about the art of brewing in Cologne. Learn, why people sometimes go to Cologne's breweries to confess and why it's better not to order water there. Taste 4 different freshly tapped varieties of Kölsch beer and learn why it is the favorite drink of Cologne's inhabitants. Try a traditional Halver Hahn at one of the breweries - half a rye roll with butter, cheese, mustard and onions. See the cozy living rooms and the way of live in Cologne and experience comfort Cologne-style. Additionally, you can learn more about the history of the 2000 year old cathedral city in a humorous way.

  • Cologne: Kölsch Beer and Brew House 2-Hour Tour

    6. Cologne: Kölsch Beer and Brew House 2-Hour Tour

    Learn more about the beer culture of Cologne on a 2-hour guided tour of the historic city center. See famous monuments along the way, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cologne Cathedral. Venture into the Alter Markt to locate some of the finest brew houses in the city, and learn more about the open-minded and passionate attitude of the city's residents. Hear about their drinking rituals and why beer has become such a special culture in the city. Get insider tips to make more of your time in Cologne and visit popular venues such as the Hennes am Dom and Heinzelmännchenbrunnen brew houses. Hear about the small kiosk stores known as büdchen, often converted from colorful former shipping containers.

  • Cologne: Walking Tour with Brewery Visit & Beer Tasting

    7. Cologne: Walking Tour with Brewery Visit & Beer Tasting

    Explore Cologne with the perfect walking tour for beginners. Get an insight into the life in the famous cathedral city and experience the culture and traditions of Cologne. Stroll at leisure through Cologne's Old Town and learn interesting facts about its history which goes back thousands of years. Visit a brewery and sample the popular beer Kölsch or a refreshing soft drink and see where this regional beverage is produced. Learn everything about the famous carnival culture of the city and its origins. Hear the stories behind the city's houses and which information you can deduce from a building while you stroll past the cathedral, the town hall and along the Rhine.

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What people are saying about Cologne

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based on 735 reviews

So much fun! Learned interesting and fun facts about kolsch. The entire experience felt completely natural and fun, never did it feel uncomfortable like some tours do. Great way to spend a few hours, highly recommend

Great tour through the old town of Cologne. You get a nice insight into the breweries in Cologne. We booked the tour for a stag do. Everyone was thrilled. And there was also enough to drink. :)

Mega class - you get access to rooms where you would otherwise never see! Great tour - can only be recommended! Michael my guide eats the best!

We had a great night! Delicious beers, atmospheric locations and beautiful stories, told by Zoe #koelschcrew. Top!

Very informative and a super cool tour guide Boze. It was a lot of fun and can only be recommended ...