Melaten-Friedhof, Cologne

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Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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An oasis of greenery in the city, Melaten-Friedhof is an ancient cemetery full of history. The use of this land as a cemetery dates back to the 12th century, when the site was a hospital for people with leprosy--and a cemetery for the patients. Slip inside for a peaceful walk and a break from the bustle of the city. Visit the original chapel from 1245 that still stands on the grounds, and admire the detail and variety of the monuments and tombs. To learn more about the cemetery's history of the cemetery, look for the city's free guided tour. Take the guesswork out of planning a Cologne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Having seen some nice photographs posted on TripAdvisor, I was keen to go for a look. Enjoyed a brief wander, beautifully maintained and some lovely sculptures. Didn't see all I would have liked... 
    Having seen some nice photographs posted on TripAdvisor, I was keen to go for a look. Enjoyed a brief wander, beautifully maintained and some lovely sculptures. Didn't see all I would have liked...  more »
  • ...so serene and peaceful...incredibly nice sculptures everywhere, a lot of natural green...if you are looking for some peace and “zen”...this is the place to visit! 
    ...so serene and peaceful...incredibly nice sculptures everywhere, a lot of natural green...if you are looking for some peace and “zen”...this is the place to visit!  more »
  • A place to ponder about life and greet the dead. If you allow yourself to be drawn in by the serenity and beauty of the place, you’ll leave with a lighter heart and a fresh mind. 
    A place to ponder about life and greet the dead. If you allow yourself to be drawn in by the serenity and beauty of the place, you’ll leave with a lighter heart and a fresh mind.  more »
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  • The vibe is not like a cemetery, but a place to feel calm. A lot of artistic statue here
  • Really beautiful cemetery with a lot of history to see. You can easily stroll around for a hour and look at all the different graves.
  • The place is really impressive. However it's difficult to ignore the awful condition of the toilets in this cemetary. I thought that I had seen the worst but this easily takes the first prize. Pity...
  • Peaceful resting place: for the occupants and visitors alike. An pleasant strolling spot worth a visit in all seasons. Love the trees here.
  • Beautiful, well tended grounds. The cemetery is peaceful with loads of interesting sculptures and head stones.

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