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"
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... ;-)
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.