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Marc

Koeln (Cologne), Germany

Looking back on more than 25 years in the tourist industry - I offer a wide range of different tours and services in Cologne.

Anything from a regular sightseeing tour of Cologne to a simple "meet&greet" pick-up service or a narrated transfer.

I am not a "driver guide" - I do not even have a car nor do I have a legal commercial license to transport passengers. Though, I can ride with you in your car or bus.

Founded by the Romans 2000 years ago, the city was destroyed for some 90% during World War II, clearly leaving negative marks on its layout and architectural structure. Cologne's city planning thereafter was a combination of both "modern clearcutting" and careful consideration of the city's many historic building monuments. To people in Germany, Cologne is known for its magnificent Cologne Cathedral (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the media, its International Trade Fair, the notorious Carnival season, the "Kölsch" beer and Eau de Cologne. Situated on the Rhine river, the city always benefited from trade and transportation ever since Roman times.

The best way to discover Cologne's 2000 year old history is on foot. With one square kilometer only, Cologne's historic part is really "compact".
Therefore I offer primarily 2 h walking tours of Cologne's Old Town, in combination with a guided tour of our famous Cathedral and/or one of our fantastic and interesting museums or excarvation sites.

During my guided tours I do not feel like "lecturing" too much, but rather take a light, entertaining and humorous approach.
Having lived and worked in the US and Canada for 11 years, and traveled abroad extensively, we will always have something to talk about.

Looking forward to your inquiries!

A Recent Review of this guide

Marc's tour was absolutely wonderful! He showed us so much of the old town and the Roman ruins and knows so much!! He's very nice and very entertaining, too! Absolutely highly recommend this tour with Marc!! The highlight of our trip for sure!
Amy Greenwood

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Credentials

Tour Manager in the US and Canada - Organizing and conducting of multi-national and -lingual bus- and airtours.

Cruise Manager on the European waterways.

Local Guide in Cologne trained by the local Board of Tourism in connection with the German National Tourist Guide Association (BVGD). National certificate.

Holder of the European Norm DIN EN 15565 certification (requiring a minimum of 600 training hours, and approved in 2008 by the European Standardisation Council in Brussels).

Licensed Cologne Cathedral Guide.

Restrictions

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

Guide Requirements for Germany

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Tours by Marc

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Private tour guide Marc

Old Town with Cologne Cathedral (walking,...

A general overview and the world famous Cologne Cathedral (UNESCO World,...

202 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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Old Town and Roman Praetorium (walking,...

- a last chance to see the Roman treasures (to close soon for renovations)

202 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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Cologne Cathedral Tour

World Heritage Site since 1996 - almost a must ... an interior visit

97 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

1 hour

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Old Town with Nazi Documentation Center,...

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

202 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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One-Hour-Orientations of Cologne (walking,...

- "lasting a good hour" - for a brief overview / only museum

102 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

1 hour

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Old Town with Farina Eau de Cologne Museum,...

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- walking tour "appealing to your sense of smell"

202 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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Cologne Any-Combination Tour

- your options are manifold - museums, cathedral, walks, bus ride

202 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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