Cologne audio tour: Sancta Colonia - Through the Heart of Cologne

Sancta Colonia - Through the Heart of Cologne

Walking Tour

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45 mins
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1.0mi

About the Tour

Join Marcel Krüger on a short ramble through the historical centre of one of Germany's oldest cities. This walk takes you past the impressive Gothic cathedral, Germany's most-visited tourist attraction, to the remnants of Roman Cologne, and the restored medieval old town of the city. It provides insight into the diverse and sometimes troubled history of Cologne and its relationship with the river Rhine. You will hear about the relics of the Three Kings, greedy merchants, Roman harbours and heads on spikes. And you might even learn something about local beer culture along the way.

Tour Producer

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Marcel Krueger

I am a writer and translator, and also work as the books editor of Elsewhere Journal and as a Berlin Spotter for Spotted by Locals. I live in Berlin, Cologne, and Dublin, and my articles and essays have been published in the Daily Telegraph, Reykjavik Grapevine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Slow Travel Berlin, the Matador Network, and CNN Travel. 'Berlin - A Literary Guide for Travellers' will be out on I.B. Tauris in the UK in June 2016.

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Major Landmarks

  • Cologne Cathedral

  • Cologne City Hall

  • Alt St. Alban

  • Great St. Martin Church Cologne

Directions to Starting Point

All major international, Germany-wide and regional trains stop at Cologne main station, which can also be reached by subway and bus from within the city.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Museum Ludwig, Farina Perfume Museum, Restaurants on Alter Markt

Best time of day

All day. In the evening or at night is also possible.

Precautions

On weekends the area around Alter Markt is popular with revellers and can get crowded.

Comments

Great tour! Definitely recommend. There is some construction work going on - super easy to just head round the back streets to get back on to the tour. Plus the fact that one of these landmarks were hidden by construction work gives us the excuse to come back and do the tour again some time! Loved it, this was the first tour we purchased on this app having previously not used it and this tour was the best introduction.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 4 months ago

Great tour. Minor update suggested due to museum construction

Posted by Alan Gregory , over 3 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Sancta Colonia - Through the Heart of Cologne