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Cologne: Virtual Reality Time Travel to Old Cologne

1. Cologne: Virtual Reality Time Travel to Old Cologne

Set out on a thrilling journey with TimeRide and experience the undestroyed Cologne and the fascinating lifestyle of the legendary twenties! Together with the charming hatter Tessa and the Cologne streetcar driver Pitter, you will discover the exciting time after the end of the First World War, the British occupation, and the Spanish flu. Your time travel in three steps: · The Cinema: In the 1920s, more and more movie theaters evolved into massive movie palaces. The cinema was a ubiquitous and glamorous part of everyday life and an important source of information. Step into our “Lichtspielhaus” and take a seat together with the fine society: an entertaining short film in the style of that time will show you the historical development of Cologne in the twenties. · The Hatter's Store: In the hatter’s store of the Riedschneider family you will dive together with Tessa into the world of glamorous fashion of the twenties. In the 1920s, everyone wore a hat and the choice of hat said a lot about the wearer! In the lovingly decorated store, the art of wearing and making hats is illustrated using numerous originals from the Diefenthal family of hat makers in Cologne. You’ll also learn more about Tessa’s urgent special order… Will her important delivery arrive on time at Neumarkt thanks to Pitter? · The VR-Ride: The highlight of your journey back in time to 1926: On your virtual ride with the first electric Cologne streetcar, you will experience the beauty of the city before its destruction in World War II. With your VR goggles, you’ll enjoy a 360° panoramic view and discover iconic landmarks of old Cologne, many of which have disappeared or are barely recognizable today: Cologne Cathedral’s surroundings at the time, the old main train station, the Schauspielhaus theater, the city hall led by Konrad Adenauer, and much more. At Neumarkt, your trip ends in the colorful carnival hustle and bustle with a “Grand Finale”.

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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 of brewing experience. The tour covers some of the most traditional breweries Cologne has to offer, such as the 700 year-old Brauhaus Sion, as well as younger breweries such, as Früh am Dom, Cologne's largest brewery.

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Cologne: Kölsch Beer and Brew House 2-Hour Tour

3. 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.

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Cologne Cathedral and Old Town Tour with 1 Kölsch

4. Cologne Cathedral and Old Town Tour with 1 Kölsch

Enjoy a historical tour of Cologne's old town and see interesting parts of the city while listening to interesting information about it. Be impressed by the outside of the Cologne Cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   See the Alter Markt and walk along the Rhine with its picturesque views. Your tour guide is more than happy to show you around and provide you with exciting facts about the history and special culture of Cologne.  Hear about the Romans in Cologne and get some great survival tips for the city. Visit a traditional and rustic brewhouse and enjoy a beer with the group (Kölsch).

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Cologne: Guided Highlights Tour with a Local

5. Cologne: Guided Highlights Tour with a Local

Explore the cathedral from the outside. View the Dionysius mosaic from the outside the Roman-Germanic Museum. Stop by the Heizelmännchen fountain. Discover the town hall, the Alter Markt, and the banks of the Rhine River. See the well-preserved Roman ruins from when Cologne was a Roman colony. Walk along the old Roman city wall and see the “Roman Tower,” the northwestern corner tower of the Roman city wall, which is almost completely preserved. Stroll down the Roman harbor road and see a section of the Roman sewer.

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Cologne: Guided E-Scooter Tour

6. Cologne: Guided E-Scooter Tour

See the most beautiful landmarks of Cologne on a 3-wheeled scooter. Start your tour at the Alter Messeturm at the edge of the Rheinhallen in Deutz with a view over the Rhine to the famous Cathedral of the city. Cruise to the Hohenzollern Bridge - one of the city's landmarks and the busiest railway bridge in Germany. Cross the bridge on the way to the main station, catching beautiful views of the old town and the Rhine promenade. Pass the Heinrich-Böll-Platz with the striking Ludwig Museum and the Philharmonie, then drive around the imposing Cologne Cathedral. Venture through the small alleys of the historic Gürzenich with its hay market and then continue to the hub of the Old Town, the Old Market Square with the oldest town hall in Germany. After a short break, visit "Tünnes and Schäles", two puppet sculptures embedded in the culture and humor of the city. Rub their noses for an extra portion of luck! Cruise past the Romanesque St. Martin church, the path leads you directly along the Rhine down to the Rheinauhafen harbour. Head towards the Chocolate Museum, exploring three high-tech constructions on the peninsula known as the Crane Houses. Visit the most famous snack bar in Cologne, the "Wurstbraterei". Take a break here and savor a snack if you wish. Cross the Rhine again over the "Severinsbrücke". Under the thick steel ropes you will get fantastic panoramic views of the entire old town and of course, Cologne Cathedral. Return to the starting point to complete the comprehensive journey.

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Cologne: Histories & Typical Cologne

7. Cologne: Histories & Typical Cologne

Get to know humorous stories and anecdotes on this entertaining tour together with a native of Cologne. Perhaps you are thinking of Tünnes and Schäl, the Kallendresser or the notorious Kölschen Klüngel? Is it the numerous well-known songs that appeal to young and old alike, often sung during the carnival season? Or is it the countless stories and anecdotes that are often told with a wink about the city and its inhabitants?  At the end of this humorous walking tour through the old town, you will surely agree: Cologne is a way of life. This tour is only available in German.

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Cologne: City Highlights with Local Guide

8. Cologne: City Highlights with Local Guide

Discover the 2000-year-old Roman-founded city of Cologne and hear more about its importance in the Middle Ages. Listen to why it is currently significant as a diverse city of one million residents on this tour with an expert guide from Cologne. Start at the equestrian monument "Heumarkt,"and stroll through the charming narrow alleys of the historic center. Follow the Rhine to the famous Ludwig Museum, and admire the the Philharmonic Hall and the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. Next, make your way back to the Heinzelmännchenbrunnen and hear about its legend. Travel to the "Alter Markt" to see the old town hall tower before arriving back where you started.

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Amusing Stories of Cologne Walking Tour

9. Amusing Stories of Cologne Walking Tour

Do you know the saying "Köln ist ein Gefühl" (Cologne is a feeling)? All the odd stories and anecdotes, which the Cologne people love to tell — in most cases with a twinkle in the eye — are part of the typical mentality and they reflect why the Cologne people love their city. Did you know that Tünnes and Schäl have lived with their friend Jupp Engels in the small house with the address Alter Markt 24 for many years? Or what is it about the Kallendresser and the Platzjabbeck? Why do the inhabitants speak about "schäl Sick", when they mean the Cologne quarters on the eastern bank of the river Rhine? And how far the distance is between the old town and the moon? During a stroll from the cathedral to the historic city center, your guide will let you partake in the Cologne mentality and will give you some insight into the soul of Cologne and of the Cologne people.

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Cologne: Old Town Virtual Reality Tour

10. Cologne: Old Town Virtual Reality Tour

Explore Cologne's highlights such as the famous Old town, the romantic Hohenzollern Bridge, and the iconic Cologne Cathedral. Walk through the Old Town and learn all about the rich history of Cologne from your knowledgeable guide. Experience important stages of Cologne's more than 2000-year-old city history up close through virtual reality scenes at six different locations. Use the virtual reality glasses and compare the past with the present. Get a glimpse of the Roman border, witness the metropolis of the Middle Ages, see the outpost of French and Prussian rule, and look at the destruction caused during World War II.  Listen to insightful stories from those time periods which enhances the experience even further. Once you remove your virtual reality glasses, see the shocking contrast between now and then and find that some of the buildings are no longer visible, while others remained nearly untouched.

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What people are saying about Alter Markt

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 509 reviews

The city guide was great and gave us a good and Cologne tour through the city. I took the tour as a company outing with my employees, and I would be happy to book this city tour again in a different constellation (friends, family)!

Great city tour with interesting anecdotes. Dieter gave us very friendly, knowledgeable and humorous information about Cologne. Very recommendable!

Very nice guide and nice guide. Questions were answered patiently and professionally. Only the Heinzelmännchen fountain was missing.

Sights and details that you will not find in a booklet. Well worth it.

Very nice tour with lots of interested parties details!