Get to know Cologne in our free district tours
Winter Break: The next Free District Tours will happen in spring. Instead, we will provide special Christmasmarket tours. More information will follow soon!
Although our Cathedral is the heart of the city, it is in the districts (or as we call them: Veedel), where the real “Cologne feeling” is happening. Join our tours and find the real treasures of Köln.
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It is maybe the most typical Cologne district: Südstadt (“South City”) attracts with rustic pubs, trendy nightclubs and beautiful apartments. In summers, you feel like in Italy and in winters you can find refuge in one of the cosy cafés. On our tour, we will visit squares, that are no squares, and explore how this district is connected to John Lennon.
From working-class district to the most popular neighbourhood for students: hip, hipper, Ehrenfeld. The tour starts at the impressive DITIB Central Mosque. From here we will discover the colourful small shops, look back into the past when the district still used to be an independent city and enjoy today’s Ehrenfeld with its street art, food places and bars.
The Belgian District (Belgisches Viertel) is one of the most popular districts in Cologne. Old and young, Cologne tradition and international flair are combined with trendy pubs, clubs, concept stores, art or just the kiosk at the corner. On our tour from the roman “Via Belgica” to the “green belt” you will experience the multi-faceted district and its history.
Starting from the famous pub “Em Golde Kappes” we will walk along the shopping street to “Schill Square”, where people chill in the evening. You will also learn about the historic past of the restaurant “Altenberger Hof” and much more.
The Agnesviertel arose around the second biggest church in Cologne, St. Agnes. The district is named after a woman who was deeply loved by her husband. We will walk through the northern part of the district Neustadt-Nord.