Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne

Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne (must see)

Hohenzollern Bridge is one of the eight bridges on this river and is an iconic structure. The bridge was constructed between 1907 and 1911 over the river Rhine after the old bridge, the Cathedral Bridge ('Dombrücke'), was demolished. It was named after the House of Hohenzollern. This three humped bridge survived the onslaught from Allied bombers during World War II. When the allies invaded Germany, the bridge was blown up by the Germans as a block to slow down the advance of the allies. Cologne was then ravaged by war and this bridge sadly collapsed. Later on, Hohenzollern bridge was reconstructed. With a total length of 409.19 meters (1,342.5 ft), originally, the bridge was both a railway and street bridge, however, after its destruction in 1945 and its subsequent reconstruction, it was only accessible to rail and pedestrian traffic.

Today the bridge stands in all its grandeur across the river Rhine and is a popular place for romantic interludes. Couples come here to enjoy the breathtaking view of the riverside skyline of this wonderful city. Here they walk hand in hand with their loved ones despite the noise around. Romance is in the air and you can find metal fences with padlocks that feature lovers names etched on them through the entire length of the bridge. Tourists also come here to enjoy the unique atmosphere and to soak in the spectacular view.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the best walks in Cologne, with great views of the city and the Cathedral.

Tip:
Visit in the late evening, as you will see the whole city in lights and enjoy a completely different experience than daytime.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Hohenzollern Bridge on Map

Sight Name: Hohenzollern Bridge
Sight Location: Cologne, Germany
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk  

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