Hohenzollern Bridge
Hohenzollern Bridge
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This bridge over the Rhine River can be crossed by foot or by train. Since 2008 padlocks have adorned a fence on the bridge, affixed by couples as a sign of love and commitment.
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Neighbourhood: Deutz
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  • Koln Central Station • 7 min walk
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  • Sam K
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic view. No, really, it actually is.
    Iconic is a very over-used term these days but the view of Cologne from the SE side of the Hohelzollern Bridge might just be described as that. The bridge and the cathedral are a spectacular juxtaposition of old and new, steel and stone, motion and rest, and that's without the twinkling extravaganza of a million padlocks lining the pedestrian bridges on either side of the tracks. An unexpected and delightful pleasure.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • David K
    United Kingdom510 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hohenzollen Bridge
    Just past the cathedral in Cologne is this famous bridge.. I crossed it on the ICE train from Berlin to Cologne, In fact most trains from Regional to High Speed cross this bridge, And I walked from the cathedral side and back, It took me aprox after resting, 45 mins, But well worth it. Stunning views over the Rhine..Also when I went on a 1hr boat trip you go underneath this marvellous bridge.When I crossed it you see thousends of padlocks that symbolises Love.. And there were one or two statues as well next to it..
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Marty Bielicki
    Stuart, Florida15,440 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Few Tips About the Hohenzollern Bridge
    This walking bridge over the Rhine is just a fun place to visit. It is estimated that there are over 500,000 “love locks.” Although I wonder if anyone has actually counted? The authorities have no fear that their bridge will hold up. The tradition of “love locks” actually came from Italy. The walking bridge is over 500 feet long. The other part of the bridge is a railway bridge which has become the busiest rail bridge in Germany with 1,200 trains daily. A short distance away is the famous Cologne Cathedral which dates back to the 13th century. It is the tallest twin-spired church in the entire world. A 2023 segment of the Amazing Race was filmed at the walking bridge when contestants had to find a specific lock among all the other locks. Then, they had to open up the lock to get a clue. The contestants had to find the name of Cologne’s oldest cologne dating back to 1799 to open up the lock. Named after its location, cologne “4711” is still used today. During WWII, the German Navy gave 4711 to their submariners to suppress the smells on the vessels. The submariners would use part of the cologne and bring the rest back for gifts. If you are so inclined on having a love lock placed on the bridge, there is usually a vendor close by that will sell you a lock and engrave it too. If you found this review to be “helpful” in any way, please click “Thumbs-up” to let me know.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
  • EGmt
    Island of Malta, Malta35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Koln- pleasantly surprised
    Pleasantly surprised during our first visit to Koln. It is a lovely city with friendly people, good restaurants and an awesome vibe. The cathedral is magnificent and a visit to the Koln triangle is also worth it. It is easy to walk everywhere and feels safe. We tired the brauhous and lives the experience. Christmas markets were the best - practically in every corner with good live music, delicious food and a wonderful crowd.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Minibob4
    Greenfield, United Kingdom170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice walk over
    This is the main bridge by train into Cologne Central Station and leads from one side of the river to the other. It is also how you can get to Cologne Triangle. The pedestrian walkway is filler with padlocks, amazing how many there are. I even saw a man at the start selling them, not sure if he was writing names on too. The walk over is lovely and gives a great view of the river and looking back to the old town. On the other side there are a few places to eat and drink and you are also able to walk along this side of the river.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 February 2024
  • T D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania4,381 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Walkway on the Bridge
    The Bridge is right next to the Cathedral, so it’s an easy way to swing by the bridge as well. It has a lovely walkway for pedestrians and bike riders. You get a beautiful view of the Cathedral from the other side of the Bridge. Lovely view of the River and Other side of Köln. A lot of padlocks on them - fun to see them!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2024
  • Steve G
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW! Mind blowing.
    Wow! Speechless. Never seen so many locks in my life. Seems they started the other side of the bridge as well and garden area. It doesn’t stop. Very unique and worn seeing. It’s right next to the cathedral. Not sure how many people kept their promise to each other but hey! It’s very unique.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2024
  • BobN06
    Avondale, Pennsylvania720 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice walkway over the Rhine river
    Main train bridge across the river but also has a nice pedestrian and bike walkway. North side of the bridge is virtually covered with locks – the south side is only about half covered. A nice and easy walk over the Rhine river.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2024
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dgraham76
Hyde, UK2,141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
This is a lovely bridge and j crossed it many times and can head to the cathedral from here, one side is covered in thousands of locked padlocks and you geta great view of the rhein off here
Written 11 July 2024
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BobN06
Avondale, PA720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Main train bridge across the river but also has a nice pedestrian and bike walkway. North side of the bridge is virtually covered with locks – the south side is only about half covered. A nice and easy walk over the Rhine river.
Written 20 June 2024
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Mark D
Melbourne, Australia694 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Easy walk over the bridge to see all the love locks and views get a nice rear view of the cathedral and of the city once on the other side. Worth the stroll if you have time.
Written 14 June 2024
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Aero3926
Midwest364 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
An easy and pleasant walk across the river and back. Walkers and cyclists are separated from train traffic. Many locks - more on the south side than the north, and more on the west side than the east - proclaiming the love of those who put them there.
Written 13 June 2024
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Steve G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Wow! Speechless. Never seen so many locks in my life. Seems they started the other side of the bridge as well and garden area. It doesn’t stop. Very unique and worn seeing. It’s right next to the cathedral. Not sure how many people kept their promise to each other but hey! It’s very unique.
Written 2 June 2024
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T D
Philadelphia, PA4,381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The Bridge is right next to the Cathedral, so it’s an easy way to swing by the bridge as well. It has a lovely walkway for pedestrians and bike riders. You get a beautiful view of the Cathedral from the other side of the Bridge. Lovely view of the River and Other side of Köln. A lot of padlocks on them - fun to see them!
Written 1 June 2024
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Minibob4
Greenfield, UK170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is the main bridge by train into Cologne Central Station and leads from one side of the river to the other. It is also how you can get to Cologne Triangle. The pedestrian walkway is filler with padlocks, amazing how many there are. I even saw a man at the start selling them, not sure if he was writing names on too. The walk over is lovely and gives a great view of the river and looking back to the old town.
On the other side there are a few places to eat and drink and you are also able to walk along this side of the river.
Written 25 February 2024
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Kavo85
Dublin, Ireland999 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Another cool piece of architecture in the Cologne area. Passed over it on the way in and easy to see all the padlocks spread across the bridge.
Written 22 February 2024
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EGmt
Island of Malta, Malta35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Pleasantly surprised during our first visit to Koln. It is a lovely city with friendly people, good restaurants and an awesome vibe. The cathedral is magnificent and a visit to the Koln triangle is also worth it. It is easy to walk everywhere and feels safe. We tired the brauhous and lives the experience. Christmas markets were the best - practically in every corner with good live music, delicious food and a wonderful crowd.
Written 29 December 2023
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK8,30,496 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The most famous bridge in Cologne is undoubtedly Hohenzollern Brucke.
We arrived after a four night holiday in Dusseldorf for a week's holiday in Cologne by train and entered the city over this bridge over the River Rhine, its an impressive bridge that more or less survived the destruction of World War Two, repeated air raids did no significant damage to the bridge but with the advance of the Allied forces the German Army blew up this river crossing that was repaired post war ,famous for the tens of thousands of love locks that adorn the bridge, I personally hate them ,they are terrible for the environment, at both ends of the bridge are four magnificent equestrian statues,Kaiser Wilhelm IV,Kaiser Wilhelm I,Kaiser Friedrich III and the Kaiser Wilhelm II Statue ,walking across this bridge is superb, great views of both sides of the river and the River Rhine itself, all in all its a great bridge to check out if you're planning a holiday to Cologne.
Written 27 December 2023
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