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Cologne off the beaten path

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Cologne off the beaten path
Cologne is home to unusual museums that offer a unique perspective on German history, life and death. Leave the hubbub of well-travelled tourist attractions to explore offbeat sites, including a cemetery and museums about the Olympics, tolerance and European handicrafts.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Museum of Applied Art (Museum fur Angewandte Kunst)
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Museum of Applied Art (Museum fur Angewandte Kunst)

See the fine work of craftspeople from across Europe. Art by goldsmiths and textile designers, graphic designers, photographers and furniture makers is all featured here. Every first Sunday of the month, the museum opens its doors for art and breakfast, from 10 a.m. Generally open Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., first Thursday of the month until 10 p.m.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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German Sports and Olympic Museum
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German Sports and Olympic Museum

This museum documents the history of the Olympic Games and the success of German Olympians.

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Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum
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Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum

A rice storage hut and and a full Javanese gamelan greet you at this unique museum that aims to unite humanity across cultures and gives visitors an opportunity to explore their own prejudices and preconceived notions. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and the first Thursday of the month until 10 p.m.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Melaten-Friedhof
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Melaten-Friedhof

This urban cemetery offers an oasis of green and a glimpse into the city's storied history, art and personalities. Open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the winter, with extended hours in summer and fall. For a detailed tour, you may hire a guide at your own expense.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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National Socialism Documentation Center
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National Socialism Documentation Center

This old Nazi prison, preserved in its original state, is a terrifying reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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