Old Town with Nazi Documentation Center (walking tour)

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Tour Number

Activity Level

33734


Categories

Museums / Culture, City

Details

Kid Friendly: No. Even though the documentation center is swamped by school classes with their teachers especially in the mornings, I do not recommend this tour to young children. Afternoons are probably a better time to visit.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10

Language(s)

explanation

Dutch (fluent), English (fluent), French (fluent), German (fluent), Spanish (basic)

- Germany's darkest chapter and "Let us never forget"


During this general overview you will get to know the cathedral (from the outside) and the historic Town Hall district with the former Jewish quarter of the Middle Ages. The cobblestoned lanes of the medieval merchants' quarter will give you an idea of Cologne's rich history.
The EL-DE House - officially the NS Documentation Center - was the former headquarters of the Gestapo (secret police) from 1934 onwards when they turned a regular house into a virtual "place of terror". Surprisingly, the building survived the Allied bombing of Cologne during World War II. The basements of the house had been used as prison cells and torture rooms for forced laborers and political enemies. Inscriptions made on the walls by inmates can still be viewed today. Depressing, but very informative. In 2006, the EL-DE House was awarded the "Best in Heritage" award.

Please, contact me before making the reservation. Availability changes quickly and does not always correspond with the online calendar. Thank you.

Itinerary

We will spend approx. a good hour doing the walking tour and almost one hour inside the NS Documentation Center. But I am flexible and can adapt to your preferences. It has the prison cells in the basement where the detainees were kept and tortured (memorial place). Upstairs are two floors with photos, letters, posters, audio presentation on the 3rd Reich in general, and Cologne's situation in particular (documentation center).
Have in mind, that this is a depressing experience.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Roman side portal in front of the cathedral (western side) = general meeting place (see pic).

End location: Near/at the cathedral.

Duration: 2 hours

Opening hours 10 AM - 5 PM, closed on Mondays.

Transportation

Walking tour, a lot of standing in documentation center, few steps, no elevator.

What’s Included

Other: My services as a professional and knowledgeable tour guide.

What’s Extra

Other: Entrance fees for the El DE House € 4.50/person. Children, students under 18 free of charge.

Restrictions

I am a licensed Cologne Cathedral guide - but inside visits/guided tours require advance reservations.

A Recent Review of this tour

Wow what a great experience.Thank you for sharing your knowledge of Koln and history in general with us. You made the tour incredibly enjoyable with your humour and generosity of spirit. Your flexibility to meet our needs was appreciated. Thank you again it was an excellent tour.
Tim Grice

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