The Best Pub Crawls and Night Tours to Take in Cologne

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Evelyn Smallwood

With so much to do when you’re a tourist during the day, it can be difficult to decide what to do at night, especially if you are traveling alone. Here are our 7 favourite ways to meet new people and have a night to remember in Cologne.

Pub Crawl Cologne

Geared for young people looking to meet new friends and have a loud and proud night out, pub crawling with Pub Crawl Cologne is a night to remember. Each tour gets you free entry into all visited locations, 7 free shots along the way and loads of new friends.

Sampling Beer

Night Life Pub Crawl in Cologne

Köln Brauhaus Tour

If you want to get rowdy in the traditional way, or are too old to stay up half the night and drink shots from test tubes, try a cosy Köln Brauhaus Tour. 4 breweries in the old town is enough for you to sample the Kölsch, have some Halve Hahn and get abused by the legendary Cologne Köbese. What’s not to love?


Viator Pub Crawl

For a minimum of 5 hours and with a free shot at each venue, you can get to know the party scene in Cologne with a Viator pub crawl guide who knows where to go and even better, how to get in. New friends from all around the world are just a few Kölsch away.

Nightwatchman Torchlight Tour of Myth and Legend

Are glowing coaches, ghosts, demons, and evil spirits your thing? If so, then take a guided tour through the dark alleys and forgotten corners of Cologne. The night watchmen meet you at sunset or midnight, walk ahead of you bearing torches and telling all about the various legends that have been handed down over generations. Warning: chances of werewolves – high.

Cologne Cathedral looking really scary

Rhine River Panorama Cruise

If being scared to death is not your thing, then perhaps seeing Cologne by night from the comfort of a river cruiser is just the ticket. A tour guide will illuminate the history behind all that is illuminated while you eat dinner on deck or inside. The cruise usually takes two hours and finishes at 10pm back where it started.

Late Thursday Night

The first Thursday of every month is something special for art and culture lovers in Cologne. Museum Ludwig, the modern art museum right next to the Dom, is open til 10pm and in addition to art offers live con­certs, cabaret, artist talks, tours, the­ater, read­ings, dance, film, and per­for­mances. Usually not all at the same time, but always for 7€ ($8.65).

Museum Ludwig

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