Self-guided Sightseeing Tour #8 in Cologne, Germany


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 20 sights
Distance 9.6 km
Ascend 163 m
Descend 155 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: Kalker Kapelle

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Kalker Kapelle Horsch, Willy / CC BY 3.0

The Kalk Chapel in Cologne was rebuilt between 1948 and 1950 after its destruction in the Second World War. It has its origins in the early modern period around 1666/67. The chapel is located in the district of Kalk at the junction of the streets Kalker Hauptstraße and Kapellenstraße, which branches off southeast in the direction of the district of Vingst.

Wikipedia: Kalker Kapelle (DE)

1127 meters / 14 minutes

Sight 2: Historical watertower

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Chemische Fabrik Kalk (CFK) was a German chemicals company based in Kalk, a city district of Cologne. The company was founded in 1858 as Chemische Fabrik Vorster & Grüneberg, Cöln by Julius Vorster and Hermann Julius Grüneberg and was renamed to Chemische Fabrik Kalk GmbH in 1892. At times the company was the second-largest German producer of soda ash and was, with almost 2400 employees, one of the largest employers in Cologne. For decades the chimneys and the water tower of the factory dominated the skyline of Cologne-Kalk.

Wikipedia: Chemische Fabrik Kalk (EN)

527 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 3: Odysseum

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OdysseumRaymond - Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Odysseum in Cologne is an adventure museum and place for temporary exhibitions, which opened on April 3, 2009 in the Cologne district of Kalk, not far from the Bürgerpark.

Wikipedia: Odysseum (DE), Website

1867 meters / 22 minutes

Sight 4: Düxer Bock

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The Düxer Bock is the unofficial heraldic animal of the Cologne district of Deutz. Numerous associations and initiatives have the Düxer Bock in their name, logo or as a mascot. Since 1964, there has also been a monument with an image of the Düxer Bock created by Gerhard Marcks in Deutz and commemorates the urban legend.

Wikipedia: Düxer Bock (DE)

389 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 5: Sankt Johannes Deutz

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St. John's Church is a Protestant church in Cologne-Deutz. It is one of the two church buildings of the Evangelical parish of Cologne-Deutz/Poll in the church district of Cologne-Mitte of the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland.

Wikipedia: St.-Johannes-Kirche (Deutz) (DE), Website

180 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 6: 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 7: 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)

1583 meters / 19 minutes

Sight 8: Deutsches Sport- und Olympiamuseum

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Deutsches Sport- und Olympiamuseum

The German Sport & Olympic Museum is a museum in Cologne that presents the history of sports from antiquity to modern times. It is located in Cologne's Rheinauhafen within the Cologne-Altstadt-Süd district.

Wikipedia: Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum (DE), Website

610 meters / 7 minutes

Sight 9: 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)

741 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 10: Chocolate Museum

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The Cologne Chocolate Museum is a special museum for chocolate in the Altstadt-Süd district of Cologne. The exhibition building on a peninsula in the Rheinauhafen houses, among other things, a collection of the history of chocolate and a permanent exhibition on modern chocolate production.

Wikipedia: Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum (DE), Website

214 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 11: 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 12: 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 13: St. Maria Lyskirchen

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St. Maria Lyskirchen Hans Peter Schaefer, / 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 14: 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

181 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 15: Overstolzenhaus

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The Overstolzenhaus in Cologne is one of the oldest buildings in the city of Cologne, is the oldest surviving patrician house in Germany along with the Trier Dreikönigenhaus and was mainly used as a residential building. It is somewhat hidden in Rheingasse 8, Altstadt-Süd.

Wikipedia: Overstolzenhaus (DE)

149 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 16: St. Maria im Kapitol

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St. Maria im Kapitol is an 11th-century Romanesque church located in the Kapitol-Viertel in the old town of Cologne, Germany. The name “im Kapitol“ refers to the Roman temple for the Capitoline Triad that was built on today’s site of the church in the first century. The Catholic church is based on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, was dedicated to St. Mary and built between 1040 and 1065. It is one of twelve Romanesque churches built in Cologne during this period.

Wikipedia: St. Maria im Kapitol (EN), Website

30 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 17: 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

440 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 18: St. Georg

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St. Georg's Church is one of twelve Romanesque churches in the city of Cologne, Germany.

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

30 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 19: Hermann-Joseph Brunnen

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The Hermann-Josef-Brunnen is a sculptural fountain originally designed as a running fountain at the Waidmarkt in the Cologne district of Altstadt-Süd. It was donated in 1894 by the Cologne Beautification Association and designed and implemented by the sculptor Wilhelm Albermann. The sculptures depict scenes from the life and legend of the so-called "apple saint" Hermann Joseph von Steinfeld. The fountain has been registered in the list of monuments of the city of Cologne since 1 July 1980 under number 164.

Wikipedia: Hermann-Josef-Brunnen (DE)

453 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 20: 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


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