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I'll be in Cologne, Germany a few days this summer.

Usually when I'm staying alone in a city (assuming I have time) I'll try to find a walking tour of some sort as it gives me an opportunity to meet other travelers as well as do some sightseeing. I'm, however, not meeting with any success in Cologne.

Can anyone point me at a walking tour, in or near Cologne? I'm prepared to take a train ride as far as one hour away so options in nearby cites, such as Bonn, are valid answers.

It needs to be suitable for a single person joining a tour. I have found a few where you can book a walking tour for an entire group of people, but that is obviously unsuitable for me. And it needs to be in English. My German isn't nearly good enough for this.

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Expedia actually has tours on their site, occasionally.

In this instance, it appears as though they have one for Cologne.

However, it's only on Fridays, and the English one is at 4.30pm, and runs for 1.5 hours.

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Unfortunately, even though that link takes you to a description of a walking tour, searching for any specific dates turns up no results. Seems it is not being offered at the moment :( – Kris Jun 13 '13 at 14:45
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I ultimately found one walking tour in the region, in Bonn to be specific. The website is here.

As the details are buried in a PDF I'll quote them here.

Bonn - Roman Settlement, Baroque Residence and Beethoven City Discover Bonn´s numerous sights on a walking tour through the historical city centre

The historical centre of Bonn offers an abundance of sights which are easily reached on foot. The major points are the Beethoven monument, the romanesque Minster Cathedral, the Electors palace (nowadays the University) with the elegant Hofgarten and the baroque City Hall. The tour also takes you to the banks of the Rhine, near the Opera, from which river excursions on the boats of the Weiße Flotte (white fleet) are possible. The imposing view of Germany´s oldest nature park Siebengebirge (seven hills) can be seen from the banks of the Rhine. The tour ends at Ludwig van Beethoven‘s birthplace in the Bonngasse. Here you have the opportunity to visit Beethoven´s birthplace with the Digital Beethoven House on your own. The entrance fee must be paid separately at the Beethoven House.

Date and Time: Saturdays from 27 April to 26 October at 11 am
Meeting place: Bonn-Information, Windeckstraße 1/ am Münsterplatz (nearby Minster Cathedral Square)
Duration: around 1 ½ hours
Price: Adults 9 €, with reduction 5 € (children aged 12-17, students, disabled)

I didn't find out until after I payed, but tour is actually conducted in German and also in English if there are English speaking people joining the tour. As I was the only English speaker in the tour it felt a bit awkward, but the tour was still very interesting and I would recommend it.

share|improve this answer offers guided tours with food stops. The english one is only on Fridays.

If you decide to visit Bonn you can join a Bonn for Beginners Guided Tour.
Another interesting option is to visit the former German Bundestag in Bonn. There are guided tours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. However it's not a walking tour.

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Have a look at the offical website for Tourism in Cologne. They have many offers:

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Be careful, some of these tours seem to be offered to already formed groups. – Vince May 21 '13 at 16:11

Dont forget the Freewalk Cologne.

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. - From Review – VMAtm Feb 22 at 12:50

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