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Cologne: Roman History Self-Guided Audio Guide Walking Tour

Activity provider: VoiceMap

Cologne: Roman History Self-Guided Audio Guide Walking Tour

Activity provider: VoiceMap

From US$ 7.99 per person

Find remnants of a first-century Rhine outpost, founded by the first Roman emperor, on this self-guided audio tour of Cologne's history. Listen to a GPS audio tour on a stroll around Roman Cologne.

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Duration 1 hour
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Audio guide included
English, German


  • Travel back in time to the era of the Romans as they lived in the city of Cologne
  • Hear interesting insights from producer Willem Fromm, a historian and podcaster
  • Walk the whole ancient city within 90 minutes or linger at stops along the way
  • Get unlimited use before your booked date or use the virtual tour option at home
  • Find out how the first 500 years of Roman occupation permanently shaped the city
Full description

Travel 2,000 years into the past on a self-guided walking tour of Roman Cologne, founded by Emperor Augustus himself. The city’s first 500 years of occupation by the Romans permanently shaped Cologne. On this audio guide tour, see the remnants of this ancient city that are hidden in plain sight. Begin the journey in front of the Kreuzblume beside the Cologne Cathedral, where you’ll hear about the city’s old northern gate. Along the way, check out original Roman stairs, and learn how to spot the celebrated Roman soldiers, Marsilius and Agrippa, on the Gürzenich Köln's imposing Gothic facade.

The audio guide will point out the Great St Martin Church which was built in the Middle Ages on the foundations of a Roman warehouse in the former Roman temple district, St Maria im Kapitol. Find out why Die Römische Hafenstraße in Köln (a Roman harbor road) was imperfectly rebuilt in Kurt Hackenberg Platz and locate the largest Roman palace in the Rhineland.

Hear about an ancient Roman sewer that survived wars, floods, and the industrial revolution, but might soon succumb to German fire protection regulations. Walk down one of the oldest continuously used roads in an urban center north of the Alps.

Peer through the window of the Roman-Germanic Museum to see one of the world’s largest and best-preserved Roman mosaics. Find an archaeological gem inside a metro station and learn what the 1969 moon landing has to do with the ancient Romans in Cologne. By the end of the tour, you’ll also know why the Romans founded a city so far from their home, and where to find remnants of their walls in places you may never expect. The walk through the ages comes to an end near the Ubii Monument, the oldest stone tower in Germany.

  • Lifetime access to the self-guided tour in English or German
  • VoiceMap app for Android and iOS
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation

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Meeting point

The tour begins right in front of Cologne Cathedral in front of the main gate. Look out for the Kreuzblume, the big stone monument that stands in front of the Cathedral next to the stairs to Cologne Cathedral square.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone

Know before you go

  • The tour uses a mobile app. You will need to download the app and then use the voucher code provided to download the tour
  • It is a self-guided audio tour that you can start, pause, or restart at any time and complete at your own pace
  • The tour follows a set route and includes turn-by-turn directions. It works best if you start it in the right place and follow the directions from one location to the next
  • The tour is available in English or German only
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Shows lots of hidden and interesting gems in the city that you'd otherwise walk past. Easy to use as well.

October 10, 2022


Product ID: 428791