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Melaten-Friedhof, Cologne

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
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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The Ring is a semicircular area around the edge of the city's walls from Chlodwigplatz to Ebertplatz. Along the semicircle are hotel chains and boutique accommodations that offes ready access to the city center on foot or via a short metro ride. For access to nightlife, consider the Südstadt area known for its rock bars, cocktails, and theaters. The luxury accommodations in the elegant Friesenviertel area often attracts local celebrities. Search for lodging deals in the Nippes area, which is away from the busy center and known for its local character.
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  • A peaceful cemetery set in an incredibly beautiful grove. An ideal place to wander around for one or two hours. Enter with respect, it is a cemetery after all. Be careful, tripadvisor shows it incorre...  more »
  • It was quite strange for me when locals took me and my baby for a stroll through this cementary. I was afraid I would be disrespecting but it was quite the opposite. People walk though the cementery a...  more »
  • It may sound a little morbid to have a stroll in a Cemetery, but this one is really worth a visit. Many important personalities of the city are buried here and there are even organized tours, but even...  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.
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  • 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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