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  1. Germany
  2. North Rhine-Westphalia
  3. Cologne

Cologne: City Centre Nativity Scenes Tour

Product ID: 193889
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Take part in a typical custom of Cologne and the Rhineland by visiting some of the nativity scenes. You will experience scenes shown in churches, public places or shop windows in Cologne between Christmas and mid-January.
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Duration 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Experience a typical custom of the Rhineland
  • Enjoy different nativity scenes, partly designed by artists
  • Learn interesting facts about the origins of Christmas customs
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During this guided tour of the nativity scenes, you will see interesting depictions designed by artists and lovingly cared for by the parishes, shop owners and other enthusiasts. Even in a place such as the main station, a Christmas crib will be on display. Here travelers and commuters are able to stop for a moment to become absorbed in thought.

In most cases, the nativity scenes in churches change according to the time and the narrative of the Bible. This means for example that the Magi will only occur on the 6th of January. You will learn all about the Christian symbolism present in some of the Christmas cribs, or about the reason why sometimes a comet is shown instead of a star. You will also learn all about Christmas customs and their origins whilst visiting some of the most beautiful churches in Cologne.

Each tour will be different as the route depends on access permission provided by the parishes. With this in mind, your tour will lead either to the city center, or to the northern city center.
  • Guided tour with a BVGD-certified guide
  • German-speaking tour guide

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Roman's Northern Gate, between the steeples of the Cathedral and KölnTourismus

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Product ID: 193889