Cologne Free Walking Tour: The essential and unmissable one

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English, Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on February 20, 2020

Come to know the best of Cologne and Düsseldorf with The Walkings. This project started with the mission of offering entertaining, enriching, as well as funny tours and experiences to travelers from all over the world.

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Being on the Top 5 on Tripadvisor speaks for itself! Discover the secrets of the biggest city on the Rhine on this free tour of Cologne's unmissable sights. The tour's meeting point is at the Domtreppen, the cathedral stairs located in front of Cologne Central Station. From there, we'll head to the Heinzelmännchenbrunnen fountain, so named after some curious gnomes connected to the city of Cologne... mysterious, huh? Following our route, we'll see more of the city's most iconic monuments, like the Rathaus or City Hall, the Rheingarten, a park beside the River Rhine, and the Fischmarkt or Fish Market Square. The next stop will be next to a curious monumental fountain known as Willi Ostermann Brunnen, before we stroll past two of Cologne's most outstanding museums, the Wallraf - Richartz and the Kolumba. Wandering onwards, we'll reach Dufthaus 4711. Did you know that this shop is one of Cologne's most famous perfumeries? We'll then make a stop in front of the EL-DE Haus, former headquarters of the Gestapo. Our free tour will come to an end near the former Kölnisches Stadtmuseum. You will get to see this and much more during our Free Walking Tour in Cologne with The Walkings.
Attention Groups!
This tour is designed for people traveling in small groups. Groups of 6 or more attendees are asked for a contribution of at least 10€ per person before the tour starts, so a fair income for the guide's work is guaranteed. The same policy applies to bookings coming from different names that actually belong to the same group. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Trankgasse 12, 50667 Köln, Germany
    Trankgasse 12, 50667 Köln, Germany
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    The meeting point is at the Domtreppen, next to the cathedral, right outside the Cologne Central Station. Look for the green and white umbrella. Not to be confused with the main entrance of the cathedral.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Fuente Heinzelmännchen
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Historisches Rathaus der Stadt Köln
  • 3
    Outside visit
    The promenade along the Rhine River (Rheingarten)
  • 4
    Outside visit
    The Fisherman's Market Square (Fischmarkt)
  • 5
    Outside visit
    EL-DE Haus, former headquarters of the Gestapo

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Erik 25 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Tour was fantastic and informative, very informative. Our guide was an outstanding. The pace of the tour was just right. I learned a great deal about Cologne. Wound highly recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in leaning about Cologne, Germany.
Sushil 22 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Very well explained about the places, in- route history with humor & fun.
orny 20 May 2024
The Hague

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Muy bueno, aconsejo de hacer este tour.
Juan 19 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Muy llevadero y buenas recomendaciones
Gabriel 15 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Nicolas muy ameno y entretenido,
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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