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Hohenzollern Bridge (Hohenzollernbrücke)

The waters of the mighty Rhine split Cologne in half, and the city is united across a series of seven bridges, with none more splendid than the spans of the Hohenzollernbrücke, which stretch 1,342 feet (410 meters) across the river in three great steel arches.

This spectacular city landmark is almost as famous as Cologne’s twin-spired Gothic cathedral – the largest in Europe – and was completed in 1911, with four railway lines joining Cologne to cities across Europe. German troops destroyed the bridge at the end of World War II in the face of advancing Allied soldiers but it rose phoenix-like once more in 1948. Today it is both a pedestrian and rail bridge with around 1,200 trains passing over it daily and pairs of equestrian bronzes punctuating both ends. 

A curious tradition has recently grown up around the Hohenzollernbrücke; lovers affix padlocks to its sides and throw the key into the Rhine in exchange for eternal love. So far the city fathers believe over two tonnes of extra metal is now attached to the bridge.

Practical Info

For the best views of the Hohenzollernbrücke, take a River Rhine boat tour, available as a daytime hour-long trip or a romantic dinner cruise when the lights of the city sparkle off the water. 

Tours & Tickets

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Cologne Rhine River Dinner Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Relax on a 3-hour Rhine River dinner cruise, enjoying panoramic views of Cologne as you dine on a buffet of regional specialties, including drinks. While ...  Read more

Location: Cologne, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.68

Cologne Christmas Sunday Brunch Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Capture the Christmas spirit as you cruise along the majestic Rhine River through the grand old city of Cologne and indulge in a decadent brunch buffet. Admire ...  Read more

Location: Cologne, Germany
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $46.36

Cologne Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Enjoy a one-hour panoramic Rhine River sightseeing cruise and soak in the spirit of Cologne. The Rhine River provides access to many of the city’s major ...  Read more

Location: Cologne, Germany
Duration: 1-2 hours

From USD $11.90

Cologne Combo: Sightseeing Cruise and Meal at Hard Rock Cafe Cologne

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Combine a 1-hour Rhine River sightseeing cruise with a skip-the-line pass to eat at Hard Rock Cafe Cologne! Simply select one of six start times for the ...  Read more

Location: Cologne, Germany
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $33.21

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