Melaten-Friedhof, Cologne

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#3 of 17 in Historic Sites in Cologne
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. Put Melaten-Friedhof at the forefront of your travel plans using our Cologne trip itinerary builder.
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  • July 21, 2017
    That would be a very traditional cemetery - despite the city central location then but forever - but. However, a peaceful walk is recommended - and we can meet the Cologne sizes...
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  • July 12, 2017
    Who wants to have some rest from all noise, should visit the Melatenfriedhof in any case. There's to see not only Cologne history, but see also the one or the other squirrels. What unfortunately a bit a pity and sad is that people no longer see the importance of a cemetery. Here it is allowed in the meantime, by bicycle to go through or jogging paths also use as a running track. On hot days, the trees offers all kinds of shadows. Guided tours are also getting increasingly being offered.
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  • July 1, 2017
    A quiet location with a lot of great tombs from baronial dynasties. Perfect for a relaxing walk on sundays.  more »
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  • Extraordinarily beautiful! If you come to Cologne you must visit this place
  • Beautiful, well tended grounds. The cemetery is peaceful with loads of interesting sculptures and head stones.
  • Peaceful resting place: for the occupants and visitors alike. An pleasant strolling spot worth a visit in all seasons. Love the trees here.
  • "Institution" in Köln
  • Great cemetery which absolutely needs lot of time to visit. Who wants to seek the sense man should bring plenty of time, because he is very hidden. Best ask
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