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Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

1. Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

Who could practice the profession of an executioner? When did an executioner receive his master craftsman’s diploma, which enabled him to let heads roll on behalf of the state? Who exiled lepers and plague-infested harlots? Who walked through medieval dark alleys and killed wild dogs and stray hogs? Who burnt spell books and could build gallows? The executioner – somebody had to do it!  Join a medieval headsman on a bloodcurdling guided tour of 1.5 hours, leading you through Cologne’s historic centre. Find out what could go wrong during an execution and how a headsman supplemented his own low income as a knacker, dog-catcher or gold-seeker.  Learn all the gory and grisly details... if you dare to join. 

Cologne: The Night Watchman Old Town Walking Tour in German

2. Cologne: The Night Watchman Old Town Walking Tour in German

Explore Cologne's old town on a guided walking tour 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 centuries past. Discover 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. 

Cologne: Haunted City Center Exploration Game

3. Cologne: Haunted City Center Exploration Game

You are invited to discover the captive souls, the spirits and the mysterious skeletons of Cologne with an interactive city exploration app. You will be guided step-by-step to the cursed buildings where they carry out their eternal punishments while you learn all of their stories. Brace yourself and come explore Haunted Cologne, all with the help of your smartphone. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Along the way, you’ll find horror stories that will give you the chills. Dare you go on this tour? Complete the tour at your own pace as there's no time limit, though around two hours is normally enough. Pause the game at any time, and restart whenever you want from the last place you visited. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphone. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own voucher. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk, or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end.

Cologne: Private Premium Pub Crawl Tour

4. Cologne: Private Premium Pub Crawl Tour

Enjoy an exciting evening and discover the hippest clubs in Cologne without having to plan it yourself. Whether it's for a birthday party, a bachelor or bachelorette party or a work outing, this private premium tour of Cologne’s nightspots will be one to remember for you and your group. You’ll be met by your private guide at or near the Rudolfplatz before starting your night. Straight away at your meeting point, you and your crew will enjoy a complimentary shot of Schnapps, to get the evening started.  On this 4-hour activity, you’ll have exclusive entry to some of the best venues Cologne has to offer. You will also get to enjoy a welcome shot at every bar and club, and even a shot or two on the go. Listen to great music, have lots of fun in good company and receive special extras as tiaras or key chains for example for your bachelor or bachelorette party.

Cologne: Guided Walking Tour by Torchlight

5. Cologne: Guided Walking Tour by Torchlight

Discover hidden details and dreamlike places in the Cathedral City on this night tour by torchlight. Accompanied by your guide, explore the city and its history as you soak up the special atmosphere of Cologne. Hear stories and mythical tales as you learn about the city's 2000 history. From the ancient Roman city through to the middle ages, the imperial era, world wars, and right up to today's modern city. Your guide's mix of humor and deep knowledge of this place will help to make this tour both engaging and informative as you visit some of the city's main attractions. The tour will visit the following points of interest: Alter Markt Roman Northern Gate Heumarkt Hohenzollern Bridge Romano-Germanic Museum Roncalliplatz Heinzelmännchenbrunnen Old Town Cologne Cathedral Willi Ostermann Brunnen Cologne City Hall

Cologne: Kwartier Latang Guided Walking Tour with Drinks

6. Cologne: Kwartier Latang Guided Walking Tour with Drinks

Find the essence of university life in Cologne on a tour of Kwartier Latäng. Learn about the area’s strange history, international culture, and bizarre parties that prove this isn’t your average student district. See restaurants that range from charming to rancid and the famous university wall. During the 2-hour tour, partake in the local tradition of grabbing a beer from the kiosk and sipping away as you stroll the streets. Follow it up with a drink in one of the bars with a view of the neighborhood's busiest streets and learn about local history. Depending on the time of year, you might run into princesses, astronauts, or a rag clown that are symbolic of local events and festivals. Pass by the most popular bars and clubs and get recommendations from your guide on what to check out after the tour.

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What people are saying about Cologne

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 891 reviews

I actually wanted a horror event like a dungeon (Hamburger Dungeon or London Dungeon), but unfortunately there is no such thing in Cologne, so I looked for alternatives. This is where I came across this guide. It was rated a little worse in mid-2021, which puzzled me. After a long time back and forth between the night watchman leadership and the executioner leadership, I decided for myself and my brothers (20-28 years) for the executioner leadership. ATTENTION: This tour is not frightening in the form of jump scares or creepy surprises (such as in a dungeon), but it is frightening what has happened in Cologne. The stories are sometimes creepy to disgusting, which is why they absolutely deserve FSK 18. The company Kölngeflüster is a really fascinating company that has come up with some ingenious things to tell historical history in a different way.

Today we (2 adults, 2 children) completed the city rally "Ghosts of Cologne: The Witch". The children, aged 11 and 12, loved it. The tasks were great for their age. If you get stuck, there are tips that are very helpful, but not really necessary. The directions are easy to understand. The story is simple but well thought out and not too scary. You should wear comfortable shoes, because the path takes a while, with puzzles and searches etc. It was a full Sunday afternoon, which took 3.5 hours in total, including snacks and small breaks. Especially when you have to go back to Melaten because of the car parked there. In short, we are now tired and happy and have solved the puzzle to the end. Have fun.

We didn't have high expectations and were pleasantly surprised. The directions were correct and the tasks were quite simple, so that you were quickly guided through the story. Installing the app was also easy and straightforward. All in all a nice tour of Cologne with interesting facts about the history. :)

very informative very well conveyed me and my family would always go with the Hänker through the streets of Cologne is a good guy and watch funny :)

Entertaining, informative, funny. Recommended at any time. The Swabians greet you