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Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne

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At 409.2 m (1,342.5 ft) long, Hohenzollern Bridge serves as a major crossing over the Rhine river. Nearly 1,200 trains cross the river here each day, making it Germany's most heavily used railway bridge. Wander across the Rhine for sweeping views of the rest of the city on both banks. You can't miss the famous Cologne Cathedral. Be sure to look for the many "love locks" adorning the bridge railings. These fairly new padlocks are supposed to bring hopeful couples good luck. The original bridge was destroyed during World War II. The impressive metal structure you see now was built in 1948. Use our Cologne trip generator to visit Hohenzollern Bridge on your trip to Cologne, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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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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  • The bridge is a pretty spectacular structure and can be seen from quite a distance in each direction along the river. We walked across on a sunny day and were able to admire the literally thousands of...  more »
  • Our ship docked right under this bridge. The original bridge was destroyed by the Nazi Germans as the Allies pushed toward Cologne. It was the last foothold that the Germans had in France. It was rebu...  more »
  • You can access from either side of the river period we brought our luck and there is plenty of room still to attach it in beautiful picturesque views  more »
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  • We put a lock on this bridge, it's got a load of locks on but we found space. The pedestrian area is large so there's plenty of space to walk and the views are nice. It's cute and romantic looking at all of the love locks :)
  • The entire bridge is covered with locks. Young couples tie locks as their love wish. The area is clean. River has water. Banks of river have places to sit and enjoy the leisure.
  • Nice romantic place. Bring your love padlock ;)
  • Very nice and romantic place. Perfect for dates. I recomment sitting next to Rhine River and watching the ships pass by.
  • Nice view, and a good bridge to put the lock for love