Following the destruction of the historical Cathedral Bridge (Dombrücke) in the early 20th century, the Hohenzollern Bridge was built on its site in 1911. Distinctive for its iron trussing and central location, the bridge was heavily used until it was destroyed in 1945 as Allied troops advanced on the city. After its reconstruction in 1959, the bridge is now one of the busiest in Germany. It serves upwards of 1,200 trains daily and is also open to pedestrians.
Given its proximity to the Altstadt’s highlights (including the Cologne Cathedral) and its status as a major thoroughfare, the Hohenzollern Bridge is featured on numerous sightseeing itineraries, from bike tours to Rhine River cruises.