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Kranhauser im Rheinauhafen

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Address: Brueckenstr. 17, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Interesting architecture

These three buildings (2 office, 1 housing) are built like the old wharf cranes with only one supporting leg (like bird cranes as well, I suppose). Not much to see really... read more

Reviewed 23 December 2016
Hove, UK
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

Wow....just wow,never seen offices/homes like these. What a view they must offer from up there.stunning as the sun sets and the light reflects on the glass! Built to resemble cranes on one foot they are a landmark in architectural design...I think anyway! how wonderful and clever were these German architects that they designed them in order to compliment their wharf/urban... More 

Thank Torchythetourist
Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

There are 3 in total in Cologne's Rheinauhafen, each of the 3 buildings has 17 storeys. It is a landmark on River Rhine in Cologne and houses office space and luxury apartments.

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Hove, UK
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

These three buildings (2 office, 1 housing) are built like the old wharf cranes with only one supporting leg (like bird cranes as well, I suppose). Not much to see really, although the redeveloped harbour area through which you'll walk is fascinating - they still have the old cranes perched in situ, plus some shops and restaurants, and the Chocolate... More 

1 Thank doctorj42
Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

Activities there are none. If you want to have a look how nowadays architects wanted to imitate the cranes, that were there hundreds years ago working for the traffic on the river - take a look! But after 11 minutes watching, go further on into a brewery. But please: Do NOT go into the the so-called "Altstadt"! Take a look... More 

Thank pomp1
Albufeira, Portugal
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

We loved walking by the river seeing those wonderful buildings! We were amazing in Germany how they take time and effort to make things look really nice

Thank FelipeHPonce
Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

Coming to Cologne you have to visit the Kranhaeuser at the Rheinauhafen a lovely spot, very modern ! It fits in quite well and the restaurants and small shops are lovely !

Thank PninatOr
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016

Rheinauhafen, the redeveloped former harbour of Cologne, is dominated by the iconic “crane houses” (“Kranhäuser“ in German) designed by architects Alfons Linster (Trier/Aachen) and Bothe, Richter, Teherani (Hamburg). Their unusual inverted L-shape is said to be inspired by the dockside cranes that used to be active in the harbour. Seen from the water or from the opposite Rhine bank, the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016

This place is not just a symbol of Cologne, there are also a number of outdoor cafés and even a fake beach (in summer) around the Kranhäuser. There is also a skate park nearby and the area is popular with cyclists, walkers, runners and foodies alike. It is very close to Cologne's harbour area (Hafen) which is extremely pretty, and... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately these buildings are ugly and a sight for sore eyes. They maybe 'modern' but they are not nice at all. Very boring to look at. Much prefer the old town of Cologne to this.

Thank F S
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Reviewed 8 May 2016

Cologne has many landmarks that tell you that you're in Cologne now, but when crossing the Rhine the Kranhäuser are definitely one of the most remarkable ones.

Thank Kay S

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