Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #6 in Cologne, Germany

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Number of sights 30 sights
Distance 13.9 km
Ascend 211 m
Descend 194 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: Rheinauhafen

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The Rheinauhafen is a 15.4 hectares urban regeneration project in Cologne, Germany, located along the river Rhine between the Südbrücke and Severinsbrücke, just south of the inner city's historic old town.

Wikipedia: Rheinauhafen (EN)

839 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 2: Der Tauzieher

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The Tauzieher is a limestone sculpture by Nikolaus Friedrich which was erected in 1911 in Rheinauhafen, Cologne. It depicts a man making a heavy rope or hawser fast to a bollard and is 6.5 metres in height. In 1980, it was listed as one of the first heritage sites in Cologne.

Wikipedia: Tauzieher (EN)

79 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 3: Malakoffturm

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The Malakoff Tower is a relic of the Prussian Rhine banks built from 1848 to 1858 at the wooden market in Cologne.

Wikipedia: Malakoffturm (Köln) (DE)

322 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 4: St. Maria Lyskirchen

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St. Maria Lyskirchen Hans Peter Schaefer, http://www.reserv-a-rt.de / CC BY-SA 3.0

St. Maria Lyskirchen is one of twelve Romanesque churches in Cologne, Germany.

Wikipedia: St. Maria Lyskirchen, Cologne (EN), Website

246 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 5: Trinitatiskirche

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The Trinitatiskirche is the oldest newly built Protestant church in Cologne on the left bank of the Rhine. It is located in the southern old town on Filzengraben, near the Heumarkt. Due to the depopulation of the city centre, it no longer holds regular community services, but it does host central events of the Protestant Church Association for the Cologne region, services on special occasions, concerts and art exhibitions. The Trinity Church serves as a place of worship for the Protestant deaf community. The cultural partner is the WDR Radio Choir.

Wikipedia: Trinitatiskirche (Köln) (DE), Website

208 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: Dreikönigenpförtchen

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The hidden Epiphany Gate is the only one of the gates of Cologne's many former monastic immunity districts to have been preserved. At the walls of these monasteries and monasteries, the city's legislative power and tax sovereignty ended. The gate connects the Lichhof of the Church of St. Maria in the Capitol with Marienplatz. The small gate is not to be confused with the medieval Three Kings Gate, a gateway of the city fortifications on the Rhine side that was demolished in 1854.

Wikipedia: Dreikönigenpförtchen (DE), Website

188 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 7: Klein St. Martin

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Klein St. Martin was a parish church in Cologne, which, together with the collegiate church of Groß St. Martin and many other churches and buildings, determined the Cologne Rhine panorama. The church was abolished during secularization and demolished around 1824. The church tower was preserved and rebuilt after destruction in the Second World War.

Wikipedia: Klein St. Martin (DE)

1111 meters / 13 minutes

Sight 8: St. Heribert

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The Roman Catholic parish church of St. Heribert is a three-aisled pillar basilica in the Cologne district of Deutz. In the vernacular, the church is also known as Düxer Cathedral. The showpiece of the church is the Heribertschrein, which preserves the relics of Archbishop Heribert of Cologne and founder of Deutz Abbey.

Wikipedia: St. Heribert (Köln) (DE), Website

425 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 9: Lommi-Brunnen

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The Lommerzheim, also known as Lommi, is a restaurant in Cologne-Deutz that was run in its original form from 1959 to New Year's Eve 2004 by the innkeepers Hans and Annemie Lommerzheim. The combination of a dilapidated and neglected-looking building, the interior furnishings, which apparently never been renovated, and the idiosyncrasies of the landlord couple earned the pub the reputation as the "most Cologne of all Cologne pubs". After several years of vacancy, the restaurant was renovated in the style of the furnishings of the old restaurant and reopened in March 2008.

Wikipedia: Lommerzheim (DE)

1162 meters / 14 minutes

Sight 10: Hänneschen-Theater

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Hänneschen-Theater

Hänneschen-Theater is a traditional puppetry-theatre in Cologne, Germany. It was established in the year 1802. The stage is situated in a building on Eisenmarkt in downtown Cologne. The pieces are set in Knollendorf, a fictional village somewhere in the outskirts of Cologne. The popular puppets represent fictional characters who embody typical traits of cologne people, so Tünnes and Schäl, Hänneschen and Bärbelchen, as well as other unique characters. In addition to the ever-changing pieces that are staged for adults and children, the puppet shows are also an important part of the Cologne Carnival. The carnival puppet session is each year a loving parody of a conventional Carnival session.

Wikipedia: Hänneschen-Theater (EN), Website

399 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 11: Stapelhaus

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The Cologne Stapelhaus, named after the Cologne Stapelrecht, stands in front of the choir of the Groß St. Martin church. Today, the Stapelhaus is considered a symbol of the trading metropolis of Cologne, although little is known about its actual former function.

Wikipedia: Stapelhaus (DE)

310 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 12: Great St. Martin Church

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Great St. Martin ChurchHpschaefer www.reserv-art.de / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Great Saint Martin Church is a Romanesque Catholic church in Cologne, Germany. Its foundations rest on remnants of a Roman chapel, built on what was then an island in the Rhine. The church was later transformed into a Benedictine monastery. The current buildings, including a soaring crossing tower that is a landmark of Cologne's Old Town, were erected between 1150-1250. The architecture of its eastern end forms a triconch or trefoil plan, consisting of three apses around the crossing, similar to that at St. Maria im Kapitol. The church was badly damaged in World War II; restoration work was completed in 1985.

Wikipedia: Great St. Martin Church, Cologne (EN)

208 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 13: Tünnes und Schäl

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Tünnes und Schäl

Hänneschen-Theater is a traditional puppetry-theatre in Cologne, Germany. It was established in the year 1802. The stage is situated in a building on Eisenmarkt in downtown Cologne. The pieces are set in Knollendorf, a fictional village somewhere in the outskirts of Cologne. The popular puppets represent fictional characters who embody typical traits of cologne people, so Tünnes and Schäl, Hänneschen and Bärbelchen, as well as other unique characters. In addition to the ever-changing pieces that are staged for adults and children, the puppet shows are also an important part of the Cologne Carnival. The carnival puppet session is each year a loving parody of a conventional Carnival session.

Wikipedia: Tünnes and Schäl (EN)

284 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 14: Kallendresser

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Kallendresser Elke Wetzig (elya) / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Kallendresser has played a role as a figure in Cologne since the Middle Ages. It can be found, for example, on the consoles of the figures in Cologne's town hall tower, which depict men stretching their bare buttocks towards the viewer.

Wikipedia: Kallendresser (DE)

34 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 15: Gaffel-Haus

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The Gaffel Haus is the oldest building on the Alter Markt in Cologne's Altstadt-Nord and has been home to a brewery of the Cologne private brewery Gaffel since 1987, which today bears the name "Zum Prinzen".

Wikipedia: Gaffel Haus (DE)

98 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 16: Gilden im Zims

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Today's Brauhaus Gilden im Zims on Cologne's Heumarkt, which is protected as an architectural monument, is a town house built in the late Renaissance style from the middle of the 16th century.

Wikipedia: Gilden im Zims (DE)

227 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 17: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Foundation Corboud

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The Wallraf–Richartz Museum is an art museum in Cologne, Germany, with a collection of fine art from the medieval period to the early twentieth century. It is one of the three major museums in Cologne.

Wikipedia: Wallraf–Richartz Museum (EN), Website

52 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 18: Old St Albans

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Old St AlbansRaymond - Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 3.0

Alt St. Alban is the preserved ruin of a former parish church on Cologne's Quatermarkt. It is one of the oldest Romanesque church buildings in Cologne.

Wikipedia: Alt St. Alban (DE)

185 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 19: Kardinal Frings

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Kardinal Frings Autor/-in unbekanntUnknown author / CC BY 4.0

Josef Cardinal Frings was a German Roman Catholic clergyman, Archbishop of Cologne and Cardinal.

Wikipedia: Joseph Frings (DE)

114 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 20: Jupp-Schmitz-Denkmal

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Jupp-Schmitz-Denkmal Dreibein / GPL

Jupp Schmitz was a German entertainer, pop singer and Krätzchen singer. Among his best-known songs are Am Aschermittwoch ist alles vorbei, Wer soll das zahl? and There is still soup there.

Wikipedia: Jupp Schmitz (DE)

231 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 21: Palatium

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Palatium is the name of a commercial building in Cologne's Altstadt-Nord, which is located on Schildergasse near Hohe Straße.

Wikipedia: Palatium (Köln) (DE)

539 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 22: St. Peter

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St Peter's Church is a Roman Catholic church in Cologne, run by the Jesuits. The painter Rubens was baptised in the church and his The Crucifixion of St Peter is on display there – it was commissioned in 1638 by the Cologne art collector and businessman Eberhard Jabach. The building also houses the 'Kunst-Station Sankt Peter', a centre for contemporary art, music, and literature.

Wikipedia: St Peter's Church (Cologne) (EN), Website

4 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 23: St. Cäcilien

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St. Cecilia's Church is one of the twelve Romanesque churches in Cologne’s old city, maintained by the Foundation of Romanesque Churches in Cologne. The present building, little changed since its inception, dates from 1130-60. Since 1956, the church has been the home of the Schnütgen Museum for medieval art.

Wikipedia: St. Cecilia's Church, Cologne (EN), Website

398 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 24: Wasserturm Hotel Cologne

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Built between 1868 and 1872, the listed former water tower in Cologne's Altstadt-Süd district is one of the oldest surviving water towers and has been used as a luxury hotel since 1990.

Wikipedia: Wasserturm Köln (DE), Website

794 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 25: St. Pantaleon's Church

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The Church of Saint Pantaleon is an early Romanesque church in Cologne, Germany. The church dates back to the 10th century and is one of the twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne. The former monastery church is consecrated to Saint Pantaleon and the Saints Cosmas and Damian and is the oldest church of the cult of Saint Pantaleon west of Byzantium. The empress Theophanu and the archbishop Bruno the Great are buried in the church, which also contains shrines of saints Alban, the first Christian martyr of Britain, and Maurinus of Cologne. Pope Benedict XVI visited the church in 2005.

Wikipedia: Saint Pantaleon, Cologne (EN)

1259 meters / 15 minutes

Sight 26: Herz Jesu

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The Cologne Rings are a series of contiguous streets with a boulevard character, which lie in a semicircle around the old town in Cologne on the left bank of the Rhine. They are based on the course of the medieval Cologne city wall and are 7 kilometres long.

Wikipedia: Herz-Jesu-Kirche (Köln) (DE)

928 meters / 11 minutes

Sight 27: Barbarastollen

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The Barbara Tunnel is a show mine of the University of Cologne in Cologne. It lies in a basement room under the auditorium.

Wikipedia: Barbarastollen (Köln) (DE)

762 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 28: Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Park

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Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Park was inaugurated on 7 August 2004 in part of the Inner Green Belt in the Neustadt-Süd district of Cologne.

Wikipedia: Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Park (DE)

1821 meters / 22 minutes

Sight 29: St. Stephan

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The Roman Catholic Church of St. Stephen was built between 1884 and 1887 according to plans by August Carl Lange and Robert Mohr in Cologne-Lindenthal. It was one of the first churches in Germany to be destroyed on May 27/28, 1941. Only the church tower was restored in a modified form after the Second World War. The church tower and some of the church's furnishings were placed under monument protection on 24 July 1985 and 19 June 2001 and entered into the list of monuments of the city of Cologne.

Wikipedia: St. Stephan (Köln) (DE)

637 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 30: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche

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The Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, also known as the "Red Church", is a church building at the intersection of Lindenthalgürtel and Gleueler Straße in Cologne-Lindenthal. It is one of three church buildings in the parish of Cologne-Lindenthal in the Cologne-Mitte church district of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland.

Wikipedia: Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche (Köln) (DE), Website

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