Explore the monumental gothic Cologne Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its treasures. Learn from a private guide tons of fascinating facts and stories about Christianity and medieval architecture. It is a must do when visiting Cologne!

  • Explore jaw dropping in size Cologne Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • See with your own eyes the Shrine of the Three Kings, said to be reliquary of one of the most known events in the history of Christianity
  • Admire the beauty and greatness of medieval Great St. Martin Church and St. Gereon Church and find out interesting stories of them
  • Make the most of your trip with the Local Expert-Guide
  • Enjoy a private tour with adjusted tempo and opportunity to tailor guide’s countless stories to your interests

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  • 2 hours
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  • Live GuideEnglish, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
  • Walking tour
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Discover facts and legends of medieval Christianity in Northern Europe on a private walking tour in Cologne Old Town. You will explore outside and inside of the Cologne Cathedral, the witness of German and Christian history through 7 ages. You will see all the best selected attractions, that this place as well as other important churches have to offer with the passionate and professional guide that speaks your chosen language.

The 2-hour tour starts right in the heart of the city, at the picturesque Old Market Square. You will get to know first bits of Cologne’s history and admire the famous 900-year-old Historic Town Hall. As you walk through the square you approach the famous Romanesque Great St. Martin Church. The exterior is very beautiful and quietly touches the Rhine river. Surely site to behold there is the distinctive majestic tower, that oversees the old town for ages.

Strolling briefly through the charming streets you arrive at the main highlight of the tour, the Cologne Cathedral.

As you approach it, the architecture changes from Romanesque to Gothic. This impressive building is jaw dropping in size. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You absolutely need to explore it from both – the outside and the inside. You may never again have the opportunity to see in detail a church of such magnificence. The main highlight is the Shrine of the Three Kings. It is the reliquary believed to contain the bones of the biblical three kings, who visited Jesus with gifts after he was born. This impressive wooden sarcophagus is decorated with gold, silver and precious stones. Make sure that you follow your guide behind the main altar so as not to miss it. If you are ready for adventure, you may choose to climb over 500 stone steps of the spiral staircase to admire the scenic view over the Rhine and the Hohenzollern Bridge. Cathedral is recognized as the tallest twin-spired church in the world.

Walking to the north-west of the old town you will discover beautiful St. Gereon Church and learn the legend about its patron. It will take you back to the mysterious times of Roman Empire and beginnings of Christianity.

  • Guided tour of the outside and inside of Cologne Cathedral
  • 5-Stars Guide with Official Cologne License speaking fluently in chosen language
  • Entrance to the Cologne Cathedral (except Tower),
  • Entrance to Great St.Martin Church (except Tower) and St. Gereon Church
  • Private walking tour with adjusted tempo 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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  • Please ensure you are on time. Being late may prevent you from joining the tour as tickets might be purchased in advance on a specific time slot.
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