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 with The Walkings. This project started out of love to this beautiful German city, 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 booking and cancellation
    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 Kölnisches Stadtmuseum and the Römerbrunnen fountain, which also has an intriguing history that we'll discover on the day. 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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Sergio 02 Oct 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Te muestran cosas que si lo haces por tu cuenta pasas de largo
natan 01 Oct 2023

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Travelled in group - Oct 2023
Nicolas nos dio un fabuloso tour, lleno de información histórica y cultural, y buenas anécdotas que hizo el paseo más que ameno y memorable. También apreciamos mucho sus recomendaciones.
Susan 30 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Excellent amusing and informative.
Petra 30 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
It was a great tour. Friendly, informative and jolly guide. We were shown parts of Cologne we would not have seen otherwise.
Alejandra 29 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Nicolas fue un excelente guía, nos dio información muy completa, fue muy amable y nos dejó unas recomendaciones buenisimas para fotos y lugares de comida. Totalmente recomendado
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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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