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

Executioner's Tour of Cologne in German

Product ID: 120602
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Hear about the horrid medieval history of Cologne through the eyes of an executioner. Hear gory stories and bloody tales on this 1.5-hour guided tour.
About this activity
Duration 90 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
German
Wheelchair accessible
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Stroll through the city and retrace a headsman’s steps in medieval Cologne
  • Listen to eerie stories from a bygone era in which death was omnipresent
  • Learn about the executioner's profession
Full description
Who could practice the profession of an executioner? When did an executioner receive his master craftsman’s diploma, which enabled him to let heads roll on behalf of the state? Who exiled lepers and plague-infested harlots? Who walked through medieval dark alleys and killed wild dogs and stray hogs? Who burnt spell books and could build gallows? The executioner – somebody had to do it! 

Join a medieval headsman on a bloodcurdling guided tour of 1.5 hours, leading you through Cologne’s historic centre. Find out what could go wrong during an execution and how a headsman supplemented his own low income as a knacker, dog-catcher or gold-seeker. 

Learn all the gory and grisly details... if you dare to join. 

Includes
  • A 1.5-hour costumed tour through Cologne’s historic centre
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Heinzelmännchenbrunnen, Am Hof, 50667 Köln

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Important information
Please bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• This is a fully accessible historic centre tour
• Minimum age requirement: 18 years.
• Sturdy footwear and weather-proof clothes are recommended
• The tour is in German