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Cologne City Tour Experience cathedral city on the Rhine

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From US$27.19

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Get more out of your sightseeing time in Cologne, and explore the handsome old town with a guide. This top-rated walking tour combines the history of sights like Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge with fun curiosities to keep your interest piqued as you explore. For an extra perk, you'll receive a Cologne gift when you finish the tour.
  • Book a top-rated walking tour online to secure your preferred date
  • Find the best photo spots around Cologne old town as you explore by foot
  • Hear lesser-known details about the city that the guidebooks might miss
  • Enjoy engaging commentary that spans Roman history to present-day life

What's Included

  • Professional tour guide
  • Small surprise present - typically Cologne ...
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Petrusbrunnen
    Papstterrasse des Kölner Doms, Roncallipl. 2, 50667 Köln, Germany

    OUR MEETING POINT: KÖLNER DOM, AM PETRUSBRUNNEN (op Kölsch "The Drüje Pitter"): Right next to "Dom-Shop" on the "Pope's Terrace", southern aisle of the cathedral (Address: DOMKLOSTER 4, 50667 KÖLN)

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Cologne City Tour Experience cathedral city on the Rhine?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cologne City Tour Experience cathedral city on the Rhine?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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260 reviews
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The tour Guide Sasha was...
Sandeep_S, Aug 2022
The tour Guide Sasha was excellent . He had good knowledge and humorous. Did not realize that two hours had passed so quickly. He was also very helpful in recommending other activities
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wonderful tour with Sascha
Gabrielle_U, Aug 2022
We took an evening tour of Cologne and thoroughly enjoyed our time learning about the city’s history with Sascha. He was so knowledgeable about the city and its history and if we had any more questions he could easily answer them. He offered so much more depth to the city, cathedral and history of cologne than we would have found just walking around on our own and was helpful with many suggestions for food and sightseeing beyond the tour. I would recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys architecture and history and anyone who wants to learn more about Cologne!
Highly recommend
Lindsey_H, Aug 2022
We only had a day and a half in Cologne. Sascha's tour was a perfect kick-off to our stay. He was highly knowledgeable, funny, and we learned a lot. He also gave great recommendations of other things to do in the city. Would highly recommend to others!
Sense of humor in Cologne
Jacqueline_W, Jul 2022
Sascha’s tour was informative and fun. My travel partner and I really enjoyed his sense of humor. He showed us some unique sites we would have definitely missed had we not gone on his tour, in addition to making other recommendations for food and site seeing throughout town. If I returned to Köln, I would definitely reach out to Sascha to see if a personal tour would be an option.
A bit pricey but nice walk
Janet_W, Jul 2022
Thank you, Sasha, for a great tour and deeper appreciation of the beautiful Cologne Cathedral. I would have missed many of the details. The stroll through the city and along the River was just as nice. Your love of Cologne was apparent. A bit on the pricey side for a two hour walk but it was still nice.
Great for a quick visit!
Elizabeth_G, Jul 2022
I enjoyed seeing the landmarks and learning about the history and meaning of each one. Sascha did a good job with his accents and I liked his humor.
Excellent walking tour.
Ammey_W, Jul 2022
Excellent tour guide Sascha...very knowledgeable and delivered with great humour and warmth. Brought the city to life and gave us a good background from which to base further exploration of the city.
Would def recommend again
Dantes_G, Jul 2022
The tour was great! Sascha was very personable and friendly and gave great insight into the spots we visited.
So much fun detail!
SHARON_J, Jul 2022
Our guide was amazing! Hundreds of years of history and a lot of very fun details! and a lot of very fun details!
Great tour in Cologne
Anna_A, Jun 2022
We really enjoyed this tour. Sasha delivers all information in entertaining and easy to understand way. He has good sense of humor. 2 hours went by like 5 minutes.
Great Experience and fun tour guide!
Philip_V, Jun 2022
We very much enjoyed this tour of Cologne. Sascha was very knowledgable about the area and added fun commentary throughout the tour - we very much appreciated his frank humor. He made good recommendations for food and places to see while we were in Cologne. Well worth taking the tour.
Wonderful! Highly recommended.
Dynese_W, Jun 2022
Sascha was wonderful! I wasn’t sure how we would fit so many things in but we did with ease. Sascha gave wonderful history and then made the history relevant to modern times. Sascha made the city have more depth and character. Without the tour we would have missed many hidden gems. Highly recommended!
A fantastic tour
Shelby_B, Jun 2022
I've done several walking tours throughout Europe, but Sascha's tour of Cologne became a favorite. His knowledge and enthusiasm for Cologne made it a city I can't wait to return to. I highly recommend this tour for those who appreciate history and a great sense of humor!
Highly recommend won't regret
Carlos_A, May 2022
Excellent Guide, knowledge , best explains. Cologne life présent and past, spoken history Congratulations
Great tour!
Sivakumar_A, May 2022
Had a wonderful tour with Sascha. He was very friendly and had a good sense of humor! Very enjoyable 2 hours and would recommend this to others!
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you a lot for your review and sharing your experience! Our multiple internationaly awarded Cologne city walking tour is a mix of story telling, entertainment and fun so that history becomes a wonderful experience.
Highlight of our stay in Cologne!
Tim_A, Apr 2022
Sascha was fantastic - he made us feel welcome from the start. He was engaging, entertaining and full of knowledge we wouldn't have gathered any other way. We could have spent another 2 hours with him easily.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you a lot for your review and sharing your experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Racist guide
John_A, Apr 2022
Advertised as tour in English but was back and forth German to English. Guide criticized me for not having What’sUp. Mocked United States WWII military by using bad, offensive United States accent. Germans thought very funny. I was only American on tour. My father and uncles were WWII veterans. I told guide his mocking was racist. He only said yes, Americans must be politically correct and then told me he was not a Nazi. I will never again step inside his sorry country. Keep my money. Good luck with your next generation of Germans.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
"Racist guide" is an extremely gross insult of the worst kind, which is in no way appropriate and, viewed objectively, clearly lacks any basis, also not considered subjectively. Nothing in this deeply irritating review is objective evidence, let alone evidence, of any form of racism. Nothing in that review provided evidence of racism, also is "American" not a race furthermore. Also, the reviewer obviously without his knowledge wasn't the only American present on this tour! Among others there was not only him as one US-American tour guest, among others also a woman from New York City, for example. She was also very irritated by this terrible and totally inappropriate behavior of the reviewer here, who, without any objective reason, suddenly started attacking the tour guide in the most nasty way in front of the group and calling him a Nazi, which had no basis whatsoever and the guide was only defending himself, as he was exposed to unfounded allegations. The guide even remained polite and composed despite the incredible behavior he faced. Since some German tour guests had arrived through no fault of their own due to a train delay, explanations were given in German in addition to the most detailed explanations in excellent English. It is also absurd that criticism was leveled because no WhatsApp was used, only saying that helpful details about the meeting point can also be sent in advance via WhatsApp, which of course was of course no criticism at all, but simply marginal information. Likewise, the assertion that accent was used in a negative way is completely absurd, since on the tour, for example, also different German dialects are explained and clarified in a humorous way, which only serves to illustrate in a humorous way. A minimum of humor is already appropriate and it is not meant negatively in any way. To make an assertion out of it, as is happening here in a deeply irritating and discriminatory way, is completely absurd. Numerous active duty soldiers of the US Army have attended our tour and loved it. There are also friendships between the guide and US citizens who are either actively serving or have served. Therefore, the statements in this review are particularly absurd. In addition, the guide clearly emphasized that he did not mean anything negative, but only designed the tour in a humorous way. Of course, this requires a minimum of humor and mutual understanding. Also, the descriptions at the end of this review of what the guide supposedly answered are absolutely not correct, but completely wrong, completely taken out of context. Also, the German tour guests present certainly didn't laugh at the US Army at the time of WWII, nor at anything else from WWII. It has been a terrible time of suffering for everyone, which is why the utterances in this review are totally unacceptable, offensive, condescending, repugnant and presumptuous to an extreme degree. The then also general, also very condescending remarks at the very end of this review also give a deep insight. Here a very irritating attitude becomes visible. A US tour guest who was also there later told the tour guide that although she was not a psychologist, she had the impression that the reviewer here might have completely different problems that became apparent during the tour. There is nothing to add.
Wonderful 360 tour of Cologne Cathedral
Klaus_J, Apr 2022
Sascha was a wonderful guide! His tour was very engaging, we learned more about the Cathedral and others parts of Cologne in two hours with him than we would have on our own in two days
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you a lot for your review and sharing your experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fun facts!
Isabelle_S, Mar 2022
Looking at the architecture. I loved seeing the difference between roman and gothic architecture on the different churches and buildings.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for your review and sharing your experience! It is really a pleasure to see the difference between Romanesque and Gothic architecture on the different churches and buildings. Fun facts are also given along with a lot of knowledge about Cologne....
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very good tour and overview of Cologne.
David_Z, Mar 2022
Very good tour with a good overview of the city. He pointed out many interesting carvings on city hall and the dom that I would have missed. I can recommend this tour without any reservations.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you for your great review and sharing your experience! Indeed, this tour offers an adventure tour with a special, unique character: Not only top entertainment, but also many extraordinary details and backgrounds about Cologne are discovered here. Be part of it and book now...
1 traveler found this review helpful


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