Hohenzollern Bridge (Hohenzollernbrücke) Tours

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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.

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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. 
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Address: Cologne, Germany
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Cologne Sightseeing Cruise

Admire beautiful Cologne from the water on a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the Rhine River. Choose from a range of departure times and watch top Cologne attractions including twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, the Old Town and the Hohenzollern Bridge unfold as you cruise along the world-famous river. Buy drinks such as the much-loved local Koelsch beer from the bar, and hear about Cologne’s long and illustrious history while you sail. If you wish, choose to enjoy a longer, 2-hour evening cruise to see Cologne’s sights sparkling with lights along the riversides.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Small-Group Bike Tour of Cologne with Guide

With its scenic waterfront, grand bridges, and UNESCO-listed Cathedral, Cologne offers an atmospheric backdrop for a cycling tour. This bike tour ensures that you maximize your time, exploring much further than a walking tour. The around 10-mile (15-kilometer) circuit takes in landmarks such as Cologne Cathedral, Hohenzollern Bridge, and the Rhine River, including plenty of photo stops along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Cologne Rhine River Dinner Cruise

Looking for a unique way spend an evening in Cologne? Take a leisurely dinner cruise along the city’s dazzling waterfront! Spend three hours floating along the Rhine River, savoring delicious regional cuisine and listening to music spun by a live DJ. Stroll the deck at sunset, indulge in a freshly prepared buffet and complimentary drinks, and take in beautifully illuminated sights such as Hohenzollern Bridge and Cologne Cathedral after dusk.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Cologne Super Saver: Sightseeing Cruise and Meal at Hard Rock Cafe Cologne

Experience the sights and sounds of Cologne from the Rhine river on this 1-hour sightseeing cruise, then dine with no line at the Hard Rock Café Cologne. Enjoy live commentary and take in the scenic panorama of the majestic castles, churches and vineyards along the shores of the Rhine. Also see local attractions like the Hohenzollern Bridge, which crosses the river and gothic Cologne Cathedral. Then skip the waiting line and grab a 2-course meal plus coffee, tea or a soft drink of choice at the Hard Rock Café Cologne.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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