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Hohenzollern Bridge

Cologne Favourites

The Hohenzollern Bridge (Hohenzollernbrücke), now also known as the “Love Lock Bridge” – The Hohenzollern Bridge is a tied-arch bridge over the Rhine in Cologne. It was constructed from 1907 to 1911 and was originally made up of two train bridges and a road bridge. After 1945 the reconstruction only included two train bridges, to which a third was later added. The construction is a well-known Cologne landmark, alongside the Cologne Cathedral.

Since 2008 there has been a new tradition in Cologne: loving couples attach a small padlock to the railing of this bridge, as a promise of eternal love. Then they traditionally throw the keys into the rhine together. The exact origin of this tradition is unfortuntely not clear. However the tradition probably comes from Italy. Initially the Deutsche Bahn (Germany Railways) had decided to remove the Love-Locks, because the unnessariy weigh down the bridge construction. But finally the company decided to leave the locks in place. Today the locks are a well-known feature and tourist attraction of Cologne which is visited by thousands of tourists. In October 2013 over 155,000 locks hung on the bridge with a total weight of about 25 tonnes. Since then, many more have been added!

Love locks are sold in many different stores in Cologne, many of which provide an engraving service for the locks. On the eastern end of the bridge there is also a fantastic view of the Cologne Cathedral!

The Hohenzollern bridge can be accessed from the Mercure Hotel Cologne Belfortstrasse with the Tram Lines 5,16 and 18 to the station „Dom Hauptbahnhof“. With the lines 3 and 4, as well as the 1 and 9 you can access the bridge from the eastern side, from the station „Bf. Deutz Messe/Lanxess-Arena“. Or with the tram lines S6, S11, S12 and S13 you can access both stations (the eastern access = Cologne Messe/Deutz, the western access = Dom Hauptbahnhof) Preis: Entry free of charge

Do you have questions on further attractions in Cologne?

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