Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #1 in Cologne, Germany


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 27 sights
Distance 5.7 km
Ascend 79 m
Descend 94 m

Experience Cologne in Germany in a whole new way with our self-guided sightseeing tour. This site not only offers you practical information and insider tips, but also a rich variety of activities and sights you shouldn't miss. Whether you love art and culture, want to explore historical sites or simply want to experience the vibrant atmosphere of a lively city - you'll find everything you need for your personal adventure here.

Activities in CologneIndividual Sights in Cologne

Sight 1: Roman Tower

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The Roman Tower is a Roman watchtower decorated with mosaics of the Roman city wall in Cologne's Old Town North.

Wikipedia: Römerturm (Köln) (DE)

275 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 2: EL-DE-Haus

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EL-DE Haus, officially the NS Documentation Center of the City of Cologne, located in Cologne, is the former headquarters of the Gestapo and now a museum documenting the Third Reich.

Wikipedia: EL-DE Haus (EN)

50 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 3: NS-Dokumentationszentrum

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The NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne(German: NS-Dokumentationszentrum der Stadt Köln) was founded by a resolution passed by the Cologne city council on December 13, 1979, and has become the largest regional memorial site in all of Germany for the victims of the Nazis. Since 1988, it has been housed in "EL-DE Haus," the EL-DE building, named for the initials of its owner, Catholic businessman Leopold Dahmen. This building was the headquarters of the Cologne Gestapo between December 1935 and March 1945. In the final months of the war, several hundred people, most of them foreign forced laborers, were murdered in the courtyard of the building. In a bit of historical irony, the EL-DE building remained largely untouched by the ravages of the war.

Wikipedia: NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne (EN), Website

61 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 4: Justizgebäude am Appellhofplatz

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The court building at Appellhofplatz is a historic building in Cologne-Altstadt-Nord on Appellhofplatz. The building, which has been preserved in a modified form, has been a listed building since 22 December 1983.

Wikipedia: Justizgebäude am Appellhofplatz (DE)

116 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 5: St. Maria in der Kupfergasse

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St. Maria in der KupfergasseRaymond - Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 3.0

St. Maria in der Kupfergasse is a Baroque church in Cologne, western Germany, in the district of Innenstadt. The pilgrimage church is dedicated to St. Mary, the Black Madonna. It was completed in 1715 and measures 37.20 meters in length and 17.30 metres in width.

Wikipedia: St. Maria in der Kupfergasse (EN), Website

230 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 6: Memorial for Defectors and the Victims of Nazi Military Justice

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The Deserters' Monument in Cologne-Altstadt-Nord on Appellhofplatz pays tribute to deserters and war opponents from the National Socialist era in the form of a pergola by Swiss designer Ruedi Baur. It was officially opened to the public on September 1, 2009.

Wikipedia: Deserteurdenkmal (Köln) (DE), Website

255 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 7: Der Goldene Vogel

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Der Goldene Vogel (Foto: Thomas Hoepker) Rechteinhaber: HA Schult / CC BY 3.0

The Golden Bird is a winged, gilded car on the stair tower of the listed armoury in Cologne's old town. It is the relic of an art action by HA Schult and Elke Koska (realisation) from 1989, which was created as part of the Fetisch Auto action cycle. The Golden Bird has occupied its current and long controversial location as a "monument to the car era" since 25 April 1991.

Wikipedia: Der Goldene Vogel (DE)

35 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 8: Alte Wache

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The Old Guard at the Armoury is one of the few preserved or rebuilt classicist buildings from the beginning of the Prussian period in Cologne. It is located opposite the regional council in Zeughausstraße. It is connected to the old armoury by a connecting building; the entire building complex houses the Cologne City Museum, with the Alte Wache being used for temporary exhibitions.

Wikipedia: Alte Wache Zeughaus (DE), Website

335 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 9: St. Maria ad Ortum

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St. Maria ad Ortum Horsch, Willy / CC BY 2.5

Maria ad Ortum was a three-aisled late Romanesque church of the Cistercian order "zo sent Marie garden", Mariengarten, in Cologne, which was abolished and laid down during the French period. It is still remembered today by a street name and a chapel bearing its old Latin name.

Wikipedia: St. Maria ad Ortum (DE)

256 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 10: Excelsior Hotel Ernst

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The Excelsior Hotel Ernst is a historic hotel established in 1863 in Innenstadt, Cologne, Germany, adjacent to Cologne Cathedral.

Wikipedia: Excelsior Hotel Ernst (EN), Website

48 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 11: Fürstenhof

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The former Hotel Fürstenhof is an office and commercial building in Cologne's Altstadt-Nord district. Due to its location directly opposite the cathedral, the building, which stands on the corner of Marzellenstraße 2–8 / Trankgasse, is one of the best-known secular buildings in Cologne. It was built in 1911 and 1912 according to a design by the Cologne architect Carl Moritz.

Wikipedia: Fürstenhof (Köln) (DE)

66 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 12: Kreuzblume

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Kreuzblume Elke Wetzig (Elya) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The finials of Cologne Cathedral from the tops of the two towers at a height of 149 to 157 metres. A copy of this finial in original size, but made of concrete, has stood below the steps in front of the west façade of the cathedral since 1991.

Wikipedia: Finials of Cologne Cathedral (EN)

17 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 13: Taubenbrunnen

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The Pigeon Fountain is a fountain sculpture designed by Ewald Mataré and erected in 1953 in the Cologne district of Altstadt-Nord, located in front of the west side of Cologne Cathedral or the Domplatte.

Wikipedia: Taubenbrunnen (Köln) (DE)

90 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 14: Blau-Gold-Haus

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The Blau-Gold-Haus is an office and commercial building in Cologne's Altstadt-Nord, Domkloster 2, in the immediate vicinity of Cologne Cathedral. It was completed in 1952 and has been a listed building since 1991, was gutted in 2010–2012 and converted into a hotel. It is considered an important example of German post-war modernism.

Wikipedia: Blau-Gold-Haus (DE)

144 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 15: Heinzelmännchen Fountain

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The Heinzelmännchen are a mythical race of creatures, appearing in a tale connected with the city of Cologne in Germany akin to gnomes, or elves.

Wikipedia: Heinzelmännchen (EN)

157 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 16: Dionysosmosaik

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The Peristyle House with the Dionysus Mosaic is a Roman dwelling house, the remains of which were found in 1941 during the excavation of an air-raid shelter, the cathedral bunker, near Cologne Cathedral.

Wikipedia: Peristylhaus mit dem Dionysosmosaik (DE)

165 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 17: Saint Peter's Bell

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St. Peter's bell is bell 1 of the Cologne Cathedral bells. It was cast on 5 May 1923 by master bell foundry Heinrich Ulrich (1876–1924) in Apolda and has its home in the belfry of the south tower. With a mass of around 24,000 kilograms and a lower diameter of 322 cm, it was the largest bell in the world for more than 90 years – until November 2016 – swinging on a straight yoke.

Wikipedia: St. Petersglocke (DE)

164 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 18: Cologne Cathedral

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Cologne Cathedral is a cathedral in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia belonging to the Catholic Church. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. It is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting an average of 6 million people a year. At 157 m (515 ft), the cathedral is the tallest twin-spired church in the world, the second tallest church in Europe after Ulm Minster, and the third tallest church of any kind in the world.

Wikipedia: Cologne Cathedral (EN), Website

60 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 19: Domschatzkammer

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Domschatzkammer Die Autorenschaft wurde nicht in einer maschinell lesbaren Form angegeben. Es wird Elya als Autor angenommen (basierend auf den Rechteinhaber-Angaben). / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Cologne Cathedral Treasury of the Metropolitan Chapter of the High Cathedral Church belongs to Cologne Cathedral. It is located on the north side of the cathedral. Large parts of the Cologne Cathedral Treasury are exhibited in it. Christian art from the 4th to the 20th century is shown there. The cathedral treasury was inaugurated on 21 October 2000 and was heavily criticised at the time. Many felt that the cube encased in dark bronze plates, which represents the entrance area to the cathedral treasury, was a foreign body in front of the Gothic north façade of the cathedral.

Wikipedia: Domschatzkammer Köln (DE)

204 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 20: Museum Ludwig

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Museum Ludwig

Museum Ludwig, located in Cologne, Germany, houses a collection of modern art. It includes works from Pop Art, Abstract and Surrealism, and has one of the largest Picasso collections in Europe. It holds many works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Wikipedia: Museum Ludwig (EN), Website

223 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 21: Kölner Philharmonie

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The Kölner Philharmonie is a symphonic concert hall located in Cologne, Germany. It is part of the building ensemble of the Museum Ludwig and was opened in 1986. The Kölner Philharmonie is located close to the Cologne Cathedral and the Cologne Main Station. The ensemble was designed by the architects Busmann + Haberer in the 1980s.

Wikipedia: Kölner Philharmonie (EN), Website

198 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 22: Mahnmal für die schwulen und lesbischen Opfer des Nationalsozialismus in Köln

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Mahnmal für die schwulen und lesbischen Opfer des Nationalsozialismus in Köln

The memorial to gay and lesbian victims of National Socialism is a monument in Cologne, Germany, dedicated to the gay and lesbian victims of the Nazis.

Wikipedia: Memorial to gay and lesbian victims of National Socialism (EN)

323 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 23: Musical Dome

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The Musical Dome is a 1,640-seat theatre in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It opened in October 1996.

Wikipedia: Musical Dome (EN), Website

719 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 24: Reiterstandbild König Friedrich Wilhelm IV.

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The equestrian statue of Frederick William IV of Prussia by the sculptor Gustav Blaeser, made of bronze, is located on the portal of the Hohenzollern Bridge on the right bank of the Rhine. The equestrian statue of his brother and successor Wilhelm I by Friedrich Drake stands only a few meters away on the other side of the railway line. Frederick William IV had been very committed to the completion of the cathedral building. Both monuments were originally located on the former cathedral bridge. The monument was inaugurated in 1867.

Wikipedia: Reiterstandbild Friedrich Wilhelms IV. (Köln) (DE)

573 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 25: Messeturm

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The Messeturm Köln is a highrise building which is 80 meters high, in Cologne, Germany. It is crowned by the sculpture Hermes-Gesichter by Hans Wissel, professor for sculpture and plastic arts at the Kölner Werkschulen. The tower's top floor featured a tower restaurant.

Wikipedia: Messeturm Köln (EN)

337 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 26: Tanzbrunnen

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The Tanzbrunnen is a venue in Cologne, Germany, located north of the old exhibition halls on the right bank of the Rhine in the Deutz district. With around 30,000 m², it is the largest part of the approximately 48,500 m² Rhine Park. The Tanzbrunnen offers space for up to 12,500 spectators at major events such as open-air concerts. The site includes the open-air stage, the Theater am Tanzbrunnen, the Rheinterrassen restaurant and, since 2004, the km 689 Cologne Beach Club with a beach area of 3,500 m² on the banks of the Rhine.

Wikipedia: Tanzbrunnen (DE)

564 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 27: Rheinpark

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The Rheinpark is a 40 hectare (0,4 km²) large urban park along the right bank of the river Rhine in Cologne, Germany. The park lies between the Cologne districts of Deutz and Mülheim and includes a beach club, an open-air theater and a Roman Thermae styled public bath. It was voted Germany's best park in 2007.

Wikipedia: Rheinpark (EN)


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