Guided tour

Cologne: The Dark Side of the City Walking Tour

Cologne: The Dark Side of the City Walking Tour

From US$ 12.50 per person

Embark on a guided walking crime tour in Cologne. During 1.5 hours you will hear stories about the dark side of the city of Cologne.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Enjoy a mysterious tour of Cologne and get to know the dark side
  • Marvel at the stunning Cologne Cathedral
  • Follow your storyteller away from the old town to hirstoric spots in the city.
  • Let yourself be whisked away to the so-called Chicago on the Rhine.
  • Hear of robber chiefs, murderers and pastors who all populated the guillotine.
Full description

Enjoy a guided walk through Cologne and discover the dark side of the city as you hear about rogues, kidnappers and other rapscallions. Stroll through the streets and marvel at the famous cathedral, St. Andrew's Church and other sights.

Start with the talking punishments of the Middle Ages and follow the manifold deeds, judgements and punishments down to our own day.

Who was the last poisoner sentenced to death in Germany, and who was the vampire of Düsseldorf ? Do heads really roll in Cologne at carnival ?

Where was the red light at home in Cologne and what did Romy Schneider have to do with Cologne pimps?

Enjoy a spooky city walk you won't forget. Go home with lots of interesting facts about Cologne's ghoulish past and stories about this sometimes dark, sometimes red-lit city.

  • The tour in German.
  • Pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Cross Flower in front of Cologne Cathedral to begin your tour

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes
Customer reviews

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The experience was just great, but the meeting point and arrival time of the guide did not quite match and unfortunately it took us a while to find him.

September 25, 2022

Es war eine sehr kurzweilige Führung mit vielen Anekdoten, Geschichten und Informationen rund um die einzelnen Plätze und Geschehnisse und um die Kölner und deren Mentalität an sich. Kann ich nur empfehlen!!

October 23, 2022


Die Führung hat Riesen Spaß gemacht. Sie war interessant und kurzweilig. Der Guide war toll und hatte ein riesiges Wissen über Köln.

October 23, 2022


Product ID: 417790