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In 1934, a jeweler by the name of Leonard Dahlen rented his shop to the National Socialist Party, better known as the Nazis. Officially, the building was repurposed as the Nazi Documentation Center, but the Nazis soon set up the shop as the headquarters of the Gestapo, the party’s secret police. Its basement made room for cells and torture stations, where a parade of the regime’s victims - Jews, Roma, homosexuals and other political enemies - were imprisoned and treated savagely for the better part of a decade. Miraculously, when most of Cologne was destroyed during the Allies’ bombardment, the EL-DE Haus remained completely intact.

Today, the building is a memorial to the victims of the Nazi’s fascist regime.

In 1981, the government opened the basement to the public and in 1987, the Nazi Documentation Center was also opened, permanently featuring an exhibit detailing life in Cologne under the National Socialist government. Part of the exhibit features the testimony of a Communist sympathizer and resistance fighter named Martha Mense, who was held for five months and interrogated there for the crime of printing anti-Hitler literature.

While the subject matter is certainly grim, the museum is one of two German museums to have won the European Heritage Association’s prestigious Best in Heritage award, a prize given only to select museums.

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10am - 6pm Tues-Fri, weekends 11am - 6pm. Closed Mondays
Appellhofplatz 23-25, Cologne
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Cologne Sightseeing round-trip Cruise

Cologne Sightseeing round-trip Cruise

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Admire beautiful Cologne from the water on a sightseeing cruise along the Rhine River. Choose from a range of departure times and watch top Cologne attractions including twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, the Old Town and the Hohenzollern Bridge unfold as you cruise along the world-famous river. Buy drinks such as the much-loved local Koelsch beer from the bar, and hear about Cologne’s long and illustrious history while you sail. If you wish, choose to enjoy a longer, 2-hour evening cruise to see Cologne’s sights sparkling with lights along the riversides.
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Guided Brewery Walking Tour in Cologne

Guided Brewery Walking Tour in Cologne

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Visitors unfamiliar with Cologne’s unusual brewhouse etiquette may find themselves confused by the system. On this brewhouse tour, find out how the ordering process works and—crucially—how to indicate you’ve had your fill. Visit four traditional brewhouses with a guide, savoring a glass of kölsch—Cologne’s signature beer style—at each.
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Cologne City Tour Experience cathedral city on the Rhine

Cologne City Tour Experience cathedral city on the Rhine

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DISCOVER UNKNOWN DETAILS OF COLOGNE Welcome to an interesting and exciting journey through 2000 years of city history - from the Roman city foundation (CCAA) Colonia to "Kölle" to today's Cologne. Discover on this special Cologne CITY TOUR not only the already obvious, but especially for visitors Cologne rather hidden and thus less known attractions of the internationally famous Rhine metropolis. "Unknown details": Experience has shown that many tour visitors - even if they live and / or work in and around Cologne - have come to know many new, previously unknown, fascinating backgrounds, places and details of Cologne on our tours ... Learn the The popular, cosmopolitan city of the cathedral can be known to us in a different way by discovering surprising and unexpected details that are only really known to a few people at the KÖLN-CITY TOUR.
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English guided tour (other languages offered)

English guided tour (other languages offered)

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Learn how Eau de Cologne was first produced 300 years ago, by visiting Farina Fragrance Museum in Cologne. You'll avoid long lines by having a pre-booked ticket, and going on a guided tour will help make the most of your visit. Smell different fragrances, see the original arched cellar, learn about perfume production, and see rare historic items. A magnificent tour that helps you step back in time, and understand true craftsmanship.
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What are EL-DE Haus hours of operation?
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EL-DE Haus hours of operation: 10am - 6pm Tues-Fri, weekends 11am - 6pm. Closed Mondays. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since EL-DE Haus can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 4 EL-DE Haus tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit EL-DE Haus 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to EL-DE Haus costs USD 7.00. Guided EL-DE Haus tours start around USD 7.00 per person. See all 4 EL-DE Haus tickets and tours on Viator.
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