Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Get a whiff of the place where Eau de Cologne was born. Learn about perfume essences and attractions and let your nose lead you thorough history. - We highly recommend booking your tickets prior to your visit. -
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Neighborhood: Altstadt-Nord
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  • Koln Central Station • 8 min walk
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,075 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The true story behind “Eau de Cologne” is illustrated and explained in this history of the scent, and we came away with an understanding of the social desires of the time to cover odours. Many interesting stories were told by the excellent guide,Tim, some featuring Napoleon Bonaparte. We are not experts on scent and perfume, but found the tour fascinating. Well worth an hour of your time when you are in Cologne. Book in advance as this is a very popular tour.
Written May 13, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK160,530 contributions
Sep 2019
This museum is dedicated John Maria Farina, his development of Cologne and the oldest fragrance factory still in use in the world. The tour has lots of information about the production of cologne from the guide and via exhibits. An interesting tour.

The museum is also part shop were you can try and by the original Eau de Cologne or some other fragrance.

I smelt Cologne in Cologne!
Written September 12, 2019
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Icelandic_adventurer
Iceland42 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
This is what museums should be. Places that bring history to life through the senses, with humour, engagement and entertainment. Loved it!

The museum is a tour meaning that you are guided through the house by a bloke dressed up in 17th century attire complete with wig, face powder, the lot. He plays the man from the Farina family who first created the original eau de Cologne. In the process of going through the house, you are also taken through the history of the family and the scent.

One of the cellar like rooms in the basement contains oils, perfumes and concoctions for you to smell - some of the ingredients of the perfumes. This was great fun and the people on our tour - those under 10, young students and adults - all loved it.

At the end of the tour you even get a 5ml sample of the perfume.

All in all, extremely good value for money, a brilliant way to spend an hour. I highly recommend going here. Wonderful! The museum also has the most gorgeous gift shop that is exquisitely decorated.
Written January 8, 2015
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SargeantKinchloe
California70 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
A tour of the original building where eau de cologne was first created and some talk about the history and process. English presentation was very good. A little distraction in going over the pre-trademark history and stealing of the name and product, but overall very good and interesting. Five euro entry fee, but you get a little bottle of their eau de cologne that is worth about that much. It was a very good use of an hour of our time.
Written September 13, 2012
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samcrowe
Arlington, VA123 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
I'm not that in to scents/perfumes but The Original Eau de Cologne 1709 won me over easily. We visited the Farina House and got a 1 hour tour of the history of the building and this particular scent, that put Cologne on the map and changed the perfume-industry. This scent was worn by Mozart, Voltaire, Napoleon, and virtually every European king and queen. At the end of the tour we received a small sample sized bottle of the scent, which I love! It's still made with the same recipe as the original. If you're interested in the tour (highly recommended), book in advance - there were only 2 english tours the week we were there, with limited capacity.

Interestingly, on our way to Farina House, we stopped by a nearby museum for help with directions. The guy at information recommended we go to 4711 instead, because it's much more famous. We ended up visiting it after, but were much less impressed by it. We learned more about its history from the Farina house tour (4711 was an imitator/competitor) and felt that the scent from Farina was MUCH better (I didn't like the 4711 scent).
Written January 6, 2017
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johnryantravels
London, UK9 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
As we were visiting Cologne, we figured we should take a tour of how eau de cologne was made. We inquired about the tour, times and cost - the staff were very friendly and there was no pressure to buy anything. Our tour had about 15 people in it and took about an hour. We learned the history of the House of Farina, and the background of perfumes and cologne through history. The tour takes you through a few rooms where the guide explains how cologne is made and what ingredients are used. It was actually a very thorough tour and interesting for someone who isn't necessarily into perfumes and colognes. The tour guide's English wasn't 100%, but she still covered a lot of history and facts. At the end of the tour we each received a little bottle of the original eau de cologne. Thorough tour, pretty setting and interesting history/facts. Something you need to do while in Cologne.
Written September 23, 2015
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Mohammed Hakim
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia147 contributions
We booked an English tour, it was enjoyable to do something fun and light. The guide was kind, patient and answered all of the questions of the group. Like i said it's a pleasant experience.
Written October 15, 2019
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MrsB1302
Liverpool196 contributions
This activity must be booked as is a guided tour only. Our english tour started at 4pm and lasted around an hour or so.
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and clearly loves his craft. We learned about the history of the oldest fragrance in Europe and saw johann maria farina's chair, table, ledger and glasses (300 years old). We were taken into the old distillery room and smelled some fragrances used in their cologne. We also saw the old oil storage room which was really interesting but sadly couldnt go in. Unfortunately you cannot take photos anywhere in the museum but you can in the shop.
Not suitable for those using wheelchairs or not too good on their feet.
You have to leave bags and possessions in lockers as the museum itself is very small and contains lots of (expensive) glassware!
Our tickets worked out around €10 for both of us and you are given a 4ml free sample bottle each.
Written August 11, 2019
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Assia C
Sofia, Bulgaria23 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
After half an hour wasted to find the place, we were told that we can not enter the museum, because the next tour is after 2 hours. I have been to more than 50 museums in Europe and had never waited two hours to enter. The staff was not polite even we bought some parfums...quite expensive, by the way. I wouldn't recommend a visit.
Written December 4, 2017
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Dear Assia, I am very sorry that you had a bad experience in our museum. We want every visitor to feel welcome in our house and it doesn't meet our standards to make our guests not feel welcomed. Please know that we will talk to our staff members about this. We understand that the prices of our perfumes might seem expensive in comparison to similar ones from other brands but we attach great importance to the of use high quality natural essences in our perfumes. Concerning the waiting time for the tours, I would like to kindly refer you to our website, you can buy tickets there as well as on Tripadvisor. We proudly offer tours in various languages at every full hour. Since we have a limited capacity, we highly recommend booking a tour prior to the visit on our website. It`s a pity that you had to wait so long for the next tour, especially around Christmas there is a high demand for our guided tours. If you consider visiting the city of Cologne on another occasion, I would be glad to make a reservation for you for one of our guided tours. Kind regards, Maria
Written December 11, 2017
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Sukimeow
Palm Harbor, FL55 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
Museum tour includes a gentleman in period costume giving the history of cologne and samples of scents etc. Tour lasts about 45 minutes. It's very interesting, informative and fun. Only 5 Euros. Staff very friendly and helpful. Worth a visit, short tour so you won't blow half a day there. English tour at Noon and 4.
Written December 6, 2015
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