Cologne - Hohenzollernbruecke (climbing area)

Cologne - Hohenzollernbruecke (climbing area)

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 50.94150°N / 6.95800°E
Activities Activities: Sport Climbing, Toprope, Bouldering
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 171 ft / 52 m
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Hohenzollernbruecke is one of eight bridges over the river Rhein (engl. Rhine) in Cologne (germ. Köln), Western-Germany. Cologne is the second oldest city in Germany and was founded 2000 years ago by Roman. Cologne is very famous for its special beer, the big cathedral and the media industry. The Hohenzollernbruecke is a train-bridge next to the Central Station and the Cologne cathedral. At the eastern bridge pier is the possibility to climb toprope. The wall is ~8 m (~25 ft) high. At the balustrade are bolts where you can fix a sling with a carabiner over the balustrade for top-rope.

The climbing area Hohenzollernbruecke is structured in 5 sections:
Section 1 "Innenhof - West"
Section 2 "Innenhof - East"
Section 3 "Reiter wall"
Section 4 "Falaise de Cologne"
Section 5 "Messe"

Getting There

Hohenzollern-bridge from spaceHohenzollern-bridge from Space

To give detailed information how you get from anywhere to the lovely Cologne and to Hohenzollernbruecke isn´t necessary. You find Hohenzollernbruecke of course at the river Rhein at the cathedral. The climbing area is on the other side of the Rhein, between "Messe" (Expo / fair) and the Hyatt-hotel. The HYATT-Hotel is located next to the climbing area. TIPP: Drinking coffee with shalked hands in a 5-star-hotel... ;-)

Section 1 "Innenhof - West"

The whole Innenhof is very popular by beginners, but both section needs very good handwork at small edges.

Trotzki WallTrotzki Wall
Cologne City ClimbingLange Wand
Cologne City ClimbingKleiner Entsafter

Trotzki Wall
1- Lufthansaverschneidung III+
2- Ohne Namen VI-VII
3- Blockwart (without edges) VII+
4- Trotzki VI+
5- Trotzkiste VII

Lange Wand
1- Blödes Eck IV
2- Küss mich bevor Du gehst... VI+
3- Lieb mich ein letztes Mal VI
4- Running Man V+
5- Romeo und Julia VI
6- Fotokina VI
7- Boelksk ?
8- Oelbsk ?

Kleiner Entsafter
1- Kleiner Entsafter - Dreh dich VII+ (You have to circle!)

Section 2 "Innenhof - East"

PARTS: HENKEL TROCKEN - Boxing Hall - Short Wall Stairs East

Innenhof-EastBoxing Hall
Innenhof-EastStairs East
Cologne City ClimbingHenkel Trocken

Henkel Trocken
1- Variante zu #4 VIII+
2- Baghira VII
3-Kriechspur VIII-
4 Henkel Trocken VII+
5- Right Dihedral IV-

Section 3 "Reiter wall"


Rush, Push, Cash WallRush, Push, Cash Wall
Werners WallWerners Wall

Rush, Push, Cash Wall
1- Blade Runner VII
2- Fluch der Nibelungen VI+/VII-
3- Leck mich VI-
4- Wurzels Werk VI
5- 1000-Augen Vii-
6- Manege frei VIII-
7- xxx projekt

1- Austieg aus Quergang
2- Passantenschreck (solo) IV
3- little Training

Some Boulders:
1- Otto will auch mal
2- DAV Gedächtnis Boulder
3- Grüße an die CleanHandGang
4- Loch bleibt Loch
5- Erst mal fühlen

Section 4 "Falaise de Cologne"

PARTS: Falaise de Cologne
Falaise de CologneThe Overhang of Falaise de Cologne

Falaise de CologneThe Overhang of Falaise de Cologne

Falaise de Cologne
1- Fingerloch VIII-
2- ??? VIII-
4- Messästäscha VIII
5- Nellie, the elephant VIII-/VIII
6- Blade Runner VII

Section 5 "Messe"


MESSESection 5 - Messe

1- Cool Running VIII-
2- projekt

1- Take five VII-/VII
2- Alternativ route to #1
3- nameless ?
4- nameless ?

1- Bischen langweilig VI
2- nameless ?
3- nameless ?

History of the bridge

The House of Hohenzollern
The House of Hohenzollern is a family dynasty of electors, kings, and emperors of Prussia, Germany, and Romania. It originated in the area around the town of Hechingen in Swabia during the 11th century. They took their name from their ancestral home, the Burg Hohenzollern castle near the forementioned town. The family uses the motto Nihil sine Deo ("nothing without God").

The family split into two branches, the Catholic Swabian and Protestant Franconian. The Swabian branch ruled the area of Hechingen until their eventual extinction in 1869. The Franconian branch was comparatively more successful. Branches of the Franconian line ascended the throne of Brandenburg in 1415 and of Ducal Prussia in 1525. The union of these two Franconian lines in 1618 allowed the creation of the Kingdom of Prussia in 1701, the state which led the Unification of Germany and the creation of the German Empire in 1871.

Social unrest at the end of World War I led to the German Revolution in 1918, with the subsequent formation of the Weimar Republic causing the Hohenzollerns to abdicate, and thus bring an end to the German monarchy. The Treaty of Versailles in 1919 set the terms for the dismantling of the German Empire.

Wilhelm I.

The bridge:
Hohenzollern-bridge was build from 1907 to 1910 because the old Dom-bridge was to small for the increasing traffic. The bridge was totally destroyed during the air attacks in the second World War. After 1945 the bridge was rebuilded only for trains.

Cologne 1945

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