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Cologne: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

1. Cologne: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt through Cologne. Download the smartphone app and get ready to begin. Enjoy the flexibility of exploring sites at your own pace. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, and solve challenges. Work with your team or compete against them as you learn exciting facts and create memories that you won’t forget. Discover another side of Cologne on this fun tour. Be sure to take photos of Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in northern Europe. If heights don’t phase you, then take a trip to the cathedral’s roofs to get a view of the city. Start your tour at Cologne Central Station. Visit Cologne Cathedral with its magnificent architecture. Photograph the ornate Heinzelmännchenbrunnen and learn about Josef Richard Frings, a great Cologne figure. The Town Hall will amaze you, it is one of the characteristic symbols of Cologne. Next, the Old Town awaits you, don't forget to take pictures in the fairytale place. Great San Martin Church will leave you speechless with its peaceful beauty, Romanesque architecture, and famous tower. Admire the Fischmarkt Square with its unique fountain. The unique Kölner Pegel is worth your time to learn about, and the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Chocolate Museum to travel through beautiful tastes.

Cologne: Private Walking Tour of City Center

2. Cologne: Private Walking Tour of City Center

Discover some of Cologne’s most relevant sites on a private walking tour in the city center. Wander along the river Rhine, gaze at the Cologne Cathedral, and cross the Hohenzollern Bridge while chatting with a local guide. Begin the tour in front of the city’s famed cathedral and take in this hallmark, historical structure that lies adjacent to the Rhine. The cathedral is the city’s second tallest building and boasts the title of UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, take the opportunity to see the Dionysus Mosaic, which dates from around A.D. 220 and is the centerpiece of the Roman-Germanic Museum. After checking out the mosaic, stroll along the Hohenzollern Bridge, which overlooks the Rhine, and snap some photos to capture this memorable experience. From the bridge, continue the tour in Cologne’s Old Town and experience its unique historical appeal. Take in the traditional old housing and local breweries, which are located directly along the Rhine. As you pass through Old Town’s narrow alleys, next stop at the Great St. Martin Church located at the city’s historical fish market. Observe the church’s distinctive design that has shaped Old Town’s skyline throughout the years. Next pass by the Willi Ostermann Fountain and then stop by the historical Cologne City Hall, famous for its Renaissance façade. After that check out the city’s largest shopping strip, Hohe Street, where everything can be found from electronics to clothes and shoes. Wrap up the walking tour by stopping at Heinzelmännchen Fountain, a monument dedicated to a local myth about little people who used to work all night so the people of Cologne could take it easy during the day.     

Cologne: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

3. Cologne: Scavenger Hunt Self-Guided Tour

The Cologne scavenger hunt will take you past the most beautiful sights of the Rhine metropolis. Start your adventure at the main station and then head to the Cathedral, which is Cologne's landmark. Also, discover the Heinzelmännchen fountain, the old market with the town hall, the Heumarkt, the Great St. Martin church, the Rhine promenade, and much more. Your city game box contains 16 sealed and numbered envelopes, each holding riddles that need to be solved. Follow clear and precise directions and find your way to the various sights. Once you solve a riddle you will be given a number, which reveals which envelope to open next. You won’t know ahead of time in which succession the Scavenger Hunt City Game envelopes need to be opened. Have fun while you receive detailed information regarding the historical background of every attraction.

Cologne: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

4. Cologne: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at Cologne Central Station, and visit Cologne Cathedral with its magnificent architecture. Photograph the ornate Heinzelmännchenbrunnen and learn about Josef Richard Frings, a great Cologne figure. Enjoy the tour in your language, integrated with google maps so you won’t get lost. Join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. See the Town Hall, one of the mos characteristic symbols of Cologne, and take pictures in the beautiful Old Town. Admire San Martin Church, and be left speechless by its beauty, Romanesque Architecture, and famous tower. Admire the Fischmarkt Square with its unique fountain, and the unique Kölner Pegel, before moving on to the famous Chocolate Museum.

Cologne: Medieval Churches Private Walking Tour

5. Cologne: Medieval Churches Private Walking Tour

"They say that there are as many churches in Cologne as there are days in a year, so on this original tour we will show you the city's most historically and architecturally important sacred buildings! Discover interesting facts and legends about religion in Germany. Your 2-hour tour begins right in the heart of Cologne’s Old Town, at the lively Old Market Square. This is where you will find Great St. Martin Church, one of the city’s 12 Romanesque churches. Step inside this magnificent building to enjoy its tranquil atmosphere and hear its story, from the original Roman chapel, through a Benedictine monastery, to WWII damages and reconstruction. A few steps away you will find Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most famous monument. Admire its spectacular Gothic architecture and find out why the Cathedral is important not only to Cologne’s Christians but also Jews. See also the Baroque-style Kirche Mariä Himmelfahrt and the Romanesque-style Basilica of St Ursula, which houses a shrine made of real bones. The final stop will be at the medieval Basilica of St Gereon, which has one of the largest and most beautiful domes in Europe."

Cologne: Roman History Self-Guided Audio Guide Walking Tour

6. Cologne: Roman History Self-Guided Audio Guide Walking Tour

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.

Cologne: Drachenburg Castle Half-Day Guided Tour

7. Cologne: Drachenburg Castle Half-Day Guided Tour

"If you are looking for an epic half-day trip near Cologne, Drachenburg Castle may be your choice. It is a stunning castle built on the Drachenfels mountain with breathtaking views of the Rhein valley. Be picked-up at your accommodation in Cologne by the private car and take a 40-minutes comfortable drive south to the charming Konigswinter village. You will reach the Burg Drachenfels by fun and historical Drachenfelsbahn, which is the oldest cog railway in Germany. It feels like you're being pulled up the hill of a roller coaster, but without a scary drop. At the top of the mountain you will find a ruined medieval castle with incredible views . On a sunny day you may even spot Cologne Cathedral! Once you finish, make your way down the path towards Castle Drachenburg. It is actually a castle-like 19th century villa and it’s absolutely worth exploring its short, but turbulent history. You will be accompanied by our Expert-Guide, who will reveal all interesting facts and stories. The castle is perfectly renovated and glistens in its original splendour. Do not forget to take a leisurely stroll in the beautiful gardens. The Drachenfelsbahn will take you back to the village. Choosing a 6-hour option you will discover in addition the beautiful village of Linz am Rhein, known as the “colorful city”. During about 2-hour sightseeing tour with your Guide you will stroll through historic cobblestoned streets and admire 16th century picturesque half-timbered houses. You will get to know the highlights such as: Old Market Square, St. Martin Church, Linz Castle and part of medieval city fortification Pulverturm. The Guide will make sure that your trip is unforgettable and tailored to your interests. Once you enjoy all attractions you will be comfortable taken back to your accommodation place."

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What people are saying about Great St. Martin Church

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 35 reviews

We 3 women had a great day. The tour was very nice and the questions solvable. We got to a lot of corners that we wouldn't have seen otherwise. You could take breaks at any time. Clear recommendation for a great girls' day. We slept in the Maternushaus.

The scavenger hunt was interesting, informative and entertaining. It was fun exploring different points in Cologne on foot. And despite a Kölsch break, we finished at a leisurely pace in just under 3 hours. I can highly recommend.

The tour is super entertaining and all steps can be reached quickly on foot. If you skip the intermediate stops and just "graze" the place, you'll get through it much faster :)

Fun and easy to use. Got me seeing parts of cologne I wouldn't have looked at.

Ideal for discovering the city with the children. We had lots of fun.