Join us on this 2000 years' Jewish history tour in Cologne. During the Private Walking Tour our Local 5-Stars Guide will offer you first-hand experience of the proud local Jewish community and its turbulent tragic history during World War II.

  • Explore Old Town and medieval Jewish Quarter with Jewish History Expert-Guide
  • Visit Great Synagogue and EL-DE Haus
  • Admire magnificence and architecture of Cologne Cathedral
  • Hear about the turbulent history of Jews and Holocaust during World War II
  • Enjoy Private Tour with adjusted tempo and the point of your interest

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  • 2 - 5 hours
  • Private TourExclusive only for you
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  • Live GuideEnglish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
  • Walking tour
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Jewish community in Cologne is the oldest such community in Europe north of the Alps. You will have the opportunity to explore the historic district with the former Medieval Jewish quarter. As you spend time in the cobblestone Old Town, admire carved images of Good Heroes in the Gothic City Hall. Short distance away is the famous Gothic Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get inside to admire the fantastic Shrine of Three Kings. Stroll in the picturesque streets and visit the Offenbach Square, named after influential Jewish composer Jacques Offenbach.

Turbulent and tragic times of World War II are a separate chapter for the local Jewish community, which changed it forever. Follow your Private Guide and discover Edith Stein Memorial of Holocaust and Stumbling Stones. Your guide will make sure that you spot all key places and facts.

Join the basic 2-hours option to explore traces of Jewish history and tradition in the Old Town of Cologne. Your passionate and knowledgeable Private 5-Stars Guide will make sure that you get to know all highlights.

Discover more during 3-hours tour. Walk a little bit outside of Old Town to visit the Great Synagogue, accompanied by your 5-Stars Guide. It is still in service and it is the cultural and religious center for the modern local Jewish community of over 4000 members, one of the biggest in Germany.

Extend your tour to 5-hours and enrich the experience by exploring the NS Documentation Center, known as EL-DE House. It was the former headquarters of the Gestapo secret police turned into a virtual “”place of terror””. The basements had been used as prison cells and torture rooms for forced laborers and political enemies. Over 1800 inscriptions made on the walls by the prisoners can still be viewed today. The upper floors with Gestapo offices represent the administrative terror and evil system created by Nazis. Your 5-Stars Guide will give you thorough explanations.

  • Private Jewish Highlights Tour of Cologne with Great Synagogue and EL-DE Haus
  • Jewish History Private Expert-Guide speaking fluently in language chosen during reservation
  • Entrance ticket to Great Synagogue (in 3 and 5-hours option)
  • Entrance ticket to EL-DE Haus (in 5-hours option)
  • Special route related with Jewish places, culture and history

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Meeting point

underneath the Eigelstein-Torburg (old city gate), Eigelstein, 50668 Cologne, Germany Open in Google Maps

Important information

What you should know

  • Please check your email the day before the tour to receive important information
  • Passports or ID is necessary to visit Great Synagogue
  • During Jewish holidays and on Saturdays Synagogue can be seen only from outside