Discover terrifying history of Nazi times in Cologne and at the same time the fascinating development of the city through ages. Explore all that on a private tour with a 5-Stars Guide. To maximize experience, admire the best highlights of the Old Town.

  • Explore NS Documentation Center with the Private 5-Stars Guide and tickets included
  • Learn in depth about Nazi terror and its evil machinery
  • Admire highlights of Cologne’s Old Town including Cologne Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Learn about the history of German Jews in Cologne
  • Enjoy exclusive Old Town tour with the Private Guide who will adjust tempo and information according to your wish

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  • 2 - 4 hours
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  • Live GuideEnglish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
  • Walking tour
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The EL-DE Haus is officially NS Documentation Center. Prior to and during WWII it was the headquarters of Gestapo, the secret police which was known for its terror and brutality. Surprisingly the building survived heavy city bombings during WWII and now is a witness and guardian of the darkest times in German history. It is a combination of a memorial site, learning and research center.

The basements of the house 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 administrative terror and an evil system created by Nazis.

Choose the basic 2-hours option to learn about the darkest times of WWII and Nazi terror in Cologne. Meet your 5 Star Guide at the entrance to the EL-DE Haus to get the informative historical introduction to the City of Cologne and WWII. Join a private guided tour in the NS Documentation Centre.

Discover more in a 4-hours tour, which offers in addition 2-hours private walk in the Old Town with the Local 5-Stars Guide. From the EL-DE Haus you will briefly walk to the picturesque Old Market Square and Historic Town Hall. There you will explore the historic district with the former Jewish quarter of the Middle Ages. Your guide will make sure that you spot all key attractions. Strolling briefly through the charming streets you arrive at the famous gothic Cologne Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have the opportunity to explore it and discover the world famous Shrine of the Three Kings. Then you will enjoy a perfect panoramic view from the Hohenzollern Bridge. From there the route will take you to the nearby Romanesque Great St. Martin Church. The tour will end at the Old Market, where you can relax and pause for a coffee or meal in one of many inviting cafes.

  • Private tour of EL-DE Haus and Old Town Highlights
  • 5-Stars Licensed Guide speaking fluently in chosen language
  • Ticket to the EL-DE Haus
  • Old Town Highlights Sightseeing (in 4-hours option)
  • Fascinating facts and stories in tempo adjusted to your preferences and interests

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Meeting point

Cafe Extrablatt Köln Alter Markt, Alter Markt 28-32, 50667 Köln, Germany Open in Google Maps

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What you should know

  • Please check your email the day before the tour to receive important information
  • Notice that due to masses in churches the visit can be limited