Although our Cathedral is the heart of the city, it is in the neighbourhoods (or as we call them: Veedel), where you can find the real Cologne feeling. Join our tours and find the authentic treasures of Köln. Get your city sightseeing away from the touristy areas.
Our neighbourhood tours through Cologne
In order to keep everyone healthy, we introduced the following safety measures during COVID-19:
- Each group will have a max. of 20-25 people (depending on the tour). Kids under 14 years old don’t count.
- Booking is mandatory: we ask for contact information, so that we can inform you of a possible infection during the tour.
On our free walking tour, you will get to know the Cologne way of life. You will see the main sights and learn a lot about the “Cologne feeling”. Why is the number 11 a thing here? What is the story behind the famous carnival? Why does Cologne not fulfill German stereotypes? We can’t wait to welcome you in our city. After the tour, you decide for yourself what it was worth to you.
Cologne’s Christmas Markets is a must during the holiday season. Explore some of Cologne’s biggest and most historic markets with us. Experience the history that made these markets what they are. Find out what to drink and eat (and what not to…) and learn everything there is to know about what makes Christmas Time so special in Cologne.
As the sun goes down and the night takes over, join us in exploring the dark side of Cologne's medieval and recent past. Are you into stories about murderers, witches and mayhem? You’ll explore the gloomy side of Cologne’s past focusing on the city’s Medieval history. Be prepared for the pure misery of living in Medieval Times.
On Freewalk’s Brewery tour you’ll learn everything there is to know about a beer that belongs to Cologne, the Kölsch. On our beer tour we’ll explore multiple breweries, try the most popular Kölsch brands, get to know the unique waiters who bring us a beer that can only be brewed in our city and much more! Come explore Cologne’s most famous and favorite export with us!
How was life during the Nazi's rule? How was it possible that such a ruthless, authoritarian regime came to power? Were Germans living under fear or rather sympathetic to the regime? The aim of this tour is to look back in history and encourage a critical debate about Nazi Ideology, what type of society they envisioned and how close they came to achieving their ambitions.
From working-class district to the most popular neighbourhood for students: hip, hipper, Ehrenfeld. The tour starts at the impressive DITIB Central Mosque. From there we’ll 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.
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.
The Agnesviertel arose around the second biggest church in Cologne: the beautiful St. Agnes. Named after a woman who was deeply loved by her husband, we’ll walk through the neighbourhood whose beauty matches the name of its romantic roots. You’ll also learn something about the history of our favorite primate, “Petermann” and its connection to the Cologne Zoo.
Walking tours are boring for kids? Not with us! We will make discovering Cologne an ex-citing adventure! Our storytelling is fun and informative. We explain history in a way that is interesting, on eye-level and easy to understand. Our tours are perfect for birthdays or school trips. Our guides are engaging and know how to entertain children.
The Belgian Quarter 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’ll experience the multi-faceted district and its history.
On our Nippes tour, you’ll learn about the history of illegal brewing culture in the district while you enjoy a completely legal kiosk beer. Discover the beautiful parks, the famous pubs and historic restaurants. Relax with locals in Schill Square, learn about the illegal brewing culture, and get to know one of the proudest and greenest neighborhoods in Cologne.
Price & Languages
Tickets cost 12€ per person and are available until two hours before the tour starts. Currently, we offer all of them in German and the Ehrenfeld tour in English – please send us a request for other languages and we will see what we can do.
…with very different stories. Dive deep into Cologne’s local life and explore the districts on our walking tours: Ehrenfeld, Belgisches Viertel, Südstadt, Nippes and Agnesviertel. All district tours can also be booked as a private tour throughout the year. Find some impressions of our neighbourhood tours on Instagram or share your own! #veedeltour
– away from the city centre. We love our cathedral but Cologne life happens in our neighbourhoods which have gone through many changes throughout the years. Meet the local kiosk owner, spot historical sights in the streets and understand what’s on the neighbours’ minds today. This is our way of city sightseeing.