Rheinauhafen
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
The Rheinauhafen is a gentrified historic old port and harbour area. There's only a few cranes as a reminder of it's former use as many of the new buildings are offices for high tech and creative companies. A of the city attractions are also in this district such the German Sport & Olympia Museum, the marina, the Chocolate Museum and the Kranhauser buildings. It's quite quiet in the evenings and weekends, but pleasant area for a stroll, plus lots of restaurants on the main road.
Written September 17, 2019
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Marcel H
Cologne, Germany271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Solo
Rheinaufhafen is one of the top living complexes in Cologne. High-end luxury flats along the river. Interesting bulidings (Kranhaeuser).
But it is not just a hotspot for luxury real estate.
It is beautiful to have a walk along the big promenade til the "Altstadt", where the city slowly starts.
Have a visit at the olympic museum or the wonderful chocolate museum which are located directly beside the promenade.
Right in front of the chocolate museum is a tiny but beautiful christmas market around the christmas time.
At summertime I recommend the open air cinema located on the backdoor of the "Kranhaeuser".
Written March 3, 2015
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania33,913 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Situated on the Rhine river's bank,this neighbourhood is one of the most beautiful area of the town.You can take a walk on a promenade that follows the river's bank,can admire some modern and unusual buildings named Kranhäuser(Crane houses) or can visit some interesting museums like Schokoladenmuseum (Chocolate Museum) and German Sport & Olympia Museum.Also you can find here a little marina and an old tower-Malakoff turm.
In the winter,in December, here is one of the Cologne's Christmas Market.
Written January 11, 2015
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK831,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Rheinauhafen is the former dock area and harbour area that is always a joy to visit on any holiday I take to Cologne, as I always tend to visit Cologne over the Christmas period I always look forward to visiting the wonderful Harbour Christmas Market which is superb,the wonderful Chocolate Museum is also here as are some interesting museums ,the most defining structures along Rgeinauhafen are the Kranhauser buildings, look amazing, walking along the Rheinauhaden are some great reminders of the docks that once operated here ,theres some great vintage cranes that look cool ,add to this the cafe's,bars and restaurants along this walkway and you have a really pleasant place to visit.
Easy to locate along Am Zollhafen,most definitely well worth checking out if your in the area.
Written January 4, 2020
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TAIN2013
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2,864 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
The Old Harbor of Cologne has now been redeveloped into a modern office and residential district and is home to the iconic Kranhauser im Rheinauhafen, the chocolate museum, sports museum and other attractions in additions to restaurants, cafes and bars.

The riverbank makes for a relaxing walk and offers great views. If you are tired, you can always relax in one of the many cafes and bars in the area.
Written July 21, 2018
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Thedevelopingimage
Vermilion, OH3,790 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
Nice walking area along the Rhine. We walked from our boat to the chocolate museum and then took a pedicab back. Lots of people out running walking sitting around having coffee or a bite. Good for people watching ormstrolling.
Written October 17, 2016
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TripADspy
Cologne, Germany50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
Not far from the Old City, it's a nice walk along the Rhein. There are a number of bars and shops along the way and on a clear day, has a nice view of the 7 Mountains (Siebengebirge) near Bonn and Dragon Rock (Drachenfels). Flat enough to go biking or rollerblading on! You can also walk down here to Rodenkirchen and see the Cologne Beach area (30 Minutes), or walk back into the city at Ubierring towards the old Carneval Gate at Chlodwigplatz, where there are even more cafes and shops to see.
Written September 13, 2016
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Trainbleu
Brussels, Belgium36,725 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
Over a period of more than ten years the disused Rheinau Harbour (“Rheinauhafen“ in German) has been redeveloped, combining renovation and expansion of old buildings with the erection of new ones. That makes this area of Cologne very interesting for architecture lovers.

We started out at the neo-gothic Malakoff Tower, a defensive tower overlooking the entrance of the former port. It was built in 1855 on the model of the medieval Bayenturm further down. At the foot of the tower there is a beer garden called “Hafenterrasse am Schokoladenmuseum” offering nice views. An attractive swing bridge (1898) brought us to a small peninsula known as “Werthchen”, where we looked at the former Prussian Customs Office (1889) - now Chocolate Museum - and some old customs halls (1889): Hall 10 (now Sports and Olympia Museum) and Halls 11 and 12 now serving residential and commercial purposes. Although the building was closed, we managed to catch a glimpse of the impressive expanse of ribbed vaults on the ground floor of one of the halls. The peninsula is dominated by the striking „crane towers („Kranhäuser“), one residential and two office blocks, which have become an iconic image of Cologne.

Beyond the peninsula, the neo-Romanesque Port Authority (1898), the adjoining hydraulic engine house and an engine-shed have been converted into highly-modern office space. The “Bayenturm“, the southern corner tower of the now disappeared medieval city walls, houses Feminist archives and a documentation centre. That’s why it is also called FrauenMediaturm. It is not freely accessible to the public. On the waterfront, we liked the conversion into housing of an office building from 1909 (“Rheinkontor“), and a gigantic granary, called “Siebengebirge” (seven hills) because of its seven pointed gables. Next to it stands a granary from 1940, SILO 23, converted into offices, which is really attractive. We were less taken with the office block „Kap am Südkai“ closer to the bridge. As it was a beautiful day, we walked all the way back to town but you could also take public transport from Ubierring.

We found the Rheinauhafen interesting but lacking a bit of soul. Few people actually live there and there are comparatively few cafés and restaurants. It seems to be a neighbourhood most people you meet are walking, biking or jogging through. Contrary to other parts of Cologne, the Rheinauhafen is not a green area. There are no trees because of the gigantic underground parking lot for 1400 cars with a total length of 1.6 km.
Written June 6, 2016
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David d
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
Nice walk along the river, and restaurants it you need to take a break.

Beautiful area! Do the Dom first and then keep walking along the river to automatically get here.
Written June 5, 2015
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK831,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Rheinauhafen is a great harbour area that on any holiday I take to Cologne is always a joy to visit as inadvertently we always visit here over the Christmas period and there's a great Christmas market held here .
This area is famous for the beautiful buildings along this harbour area which are amazing to view but for me it's the great Christmas market that's my big draw to here .
Well worth checking out if you're planning a holiday to Cologne.
Written January 5, 2024
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