The Hohenzollernbrucke is easily the most memorable bridge in Cologne. It is open only to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, as it is utilized by the countless incoming/outgoing trains. On the rails of the bridge hang thousands of locks left by visitors as a symbol of their love. Most locks are hung by lovers, but we spotted some from families, friends and even entire sports teams. We spent a half hour admiring some of the more unique locks on the bridge rails...I think the unique collection makes this bridge a major attraction in Cologne. And best of all, no fees! ;)
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The Hohenzollern Bridge is a rail and pedestrian bridge that crosses the Rhine River. The trains that cross the bridge leave from, or come into, the Cologne Hauptbahnhof (main train station). Pedestrians can access the bridge on one side from near the Cathedral -- and on the other side from near the Hyatt Hotel.
The bridge is named after the House of Hohenzollern which was a noble family and royal dynasty of electors, kings, and emperors of Prussia, Germany, and Romania. There are statues of four riders from the Hohenzollern family guarding the Hohenzollern bridge.
The bridge was initially built from 1907 to 1911, but that bridge was totally destoyed by bombing near the end of the Second World War. When rebuilt, the bridge was designed for only rail and pedestrian traffic.
The Hohenzollern Brucke crosses the Rhine just before the main rail station. It is a massive bridge with six rail lines crossing it. At any one time there are always several trains crosing the bridge. There are also walkways and a cycle path across and its a pleasure walking across watching the trains on one side and the boats below. Its one of the busiest bridges in Europe with railway trains travelling in all directions to many destinations.
The Hohenzollernbrücke is an impressive structure and a very busy route for trains entering and leaving Cologne. However, there are also paths both sides for cyclists and pedestrians and it's a nice walk. You have smart Intercity trains passing right beside you on one side, and on the other, you can watch the river traffic passing underneath. If you take the path on the left side (leaving the city), look out for an amusing sculpture half way across. I haven't been able to find any information about it but it's certainly a surprising thing to come upon.
When you get to the other side of the bridge, admire the views of the city across the river.
This is definitely my favourite bridge I've ever seen. What an idea! To build bravely a railway station at the foot of the Gothic cathedral. And to link the two sides of the Rhine with the impressive bridge placed exactly at the main axis of the Cathedral.
When the first bridge was built here in 1859 the Cathedral was not finished yet and there was a lot of symbolics in placing the Railway bridge exactly at its axis - as if to say that the railway will bring new prosperity to the city that would enable the Cathedral to be finished as well.
Today's Hohenzollernbridge was built between 1907 and 1911 and still catches us with its ingenious metal construction. It was widened several times - last time in 1991 when parallel three arches were added.
I just loved the idea of making a bridge for trains and pedestrians only, and loved the idea of walking so close to the tracks. The Hohenzollern bridge also enables fantastic views of the Rhine and the Cathedral.
This bridge is just huge! You could never imagine exactly how big it is until you see it for real!
This is the railway bridge and also a pedestrian bridge taking people across the Rhine.
This bridge was originally built between 1907 and 1911 - but was rebuilt after WWII as it was destroyed.
This amazing steel construction straddles the Rhine and allows train and pedestian traffic to cross in close proximity. It was built in 1907-11, replacing the first permanent Rhine bridge. Just for size matters the span widths of the steel arches are 119m, 168m, 122m.
When you arrive in Cologne you will cross Hohenzollern Bridge, a lovely bridge for trains and "foot passengers". I love arriving by train and seeing the Rhine, the skyline and the Cathedral in front of me when crossing this bridge very slowly mostly. And recently I walked there. I can tell you the feeling wasn't half as sensational ;)
The Hohenzollernbrucke is the busiest railway bridge of Germany. Its a very easy point to go from the right to the left bank because its also a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Cathedral with the museum complex is on the left of this monstrous iron Hohenzollern railway bridge. Both are lit up at night .
The Hohenzollern Bridge spans over the Rhine River. On each edge of the Bridge you find a statue of an important ruler of the family of Hohenzollern. Statue of Wilhelm II, emperor of Germany.
There's a statue of the German emperor Wilhelm II at every corner of Hohenzollernbridge. A funny feature if you ask me, i mean wouldn't one monument have been enough?
This area is nearby Cologne's cathedral where many people walk around to see down from there the scenic view of the ' Rhein river ' within the city.