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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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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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Skip the Line: The Chocolate Museum Cologne Entrance Ticket

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Guarantee your entry to Schokoladenmuseum (Chocolate Museum), one of Cologne’s top attractions, by booking your admission ticket in advance. A must-visit for all lovers of sweet treats, the Schokoladenmuseum takes you on a journey through the history of chocolate and promises to indulge your sweet tooth with hand-crafted chocolate. Purchasing your ticket before arrival means you’ll skip lines that are often in excess of one hour.
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Get more out of your sightseeing time in Cologne, and explore the handsome old town with a guide. This top-rated walking tour combines the history of sights like Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge with fun curiosities to keep your interest piqued as you explore. For an extra perk, you'll receive a Cologne gift when you finish the 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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Should I book EL-DE Haus tickets in advance?
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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.
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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 6.64. Guided EL-DE Haus tours start around USD 6.64 per person.
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