This walk can be an interesting complement to exploring Cologne’s charming Old Town and its waterfront. It’ll take you about an hour if you just follow the Rhine, but if you stop and admire each landmark and perhaps have a coffee or lunch in between, it can easily extend to two hours or more. If you wish to visit any of the museums or galleries along the way, add extra time for that.

This article is an itinerary.

Map of Rheinauhafen

The walk, as presented here, is arranged from South to North, ending by the Chocolate Museum, where the original waterfront starts. This orientation is because the southern end of the Rheinauhafen is in an area slightly remote from the city centre, where it is not that easy to get to and not much happens in the evenings. The idea is to get to the starting point and do the walk by day and end it towards afternoon or evening, with perhaps a lunch in between and visit for a “dessert” to the Chocolate Museum, and then further continue to the explore the Old Town in the evening.

You may, however, decide to start from the Old Town by the Chocolate Museum and continue down south. In that case, just follow the points here in reverse numerical order, but bear in mind that you will end up in a remote part of town and will need to take the U-Bahn to get back into the city centre.

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Perhaps the most convenient way to get to the southern end of the Rheinauhafen is to take the Stadtbahn to Ubierring station. It is served by two Stadtbahn lines, 15 and 16. 15, for which Ubierring is the southern terminus, goes all around the Ring and then further north up to the suburb of Merkenich. The 16 goes the Altstadt, stopping in. al. at the Hauptbahnhof/Dom and goes south along the Rhine reaching Bonn. Wherever you are staying in the Cologne area, you’ll surely find either a stop for the 15 or 16 close to where you stay, or a convenient transfer to either 15 or 16 from your location.

  • 50.922476.965691 Ubierring station. 
  • 50.919386.966171 Römerpark. 
  • 50.919546.967481 Alte Universität (Fachhochschule Köln – Campus Südstadt). 
  • 50.91836.970021 KAP 686 Skateplaza. 
  • 50.919326.969561 KAP am Suedkai. 
  • 50.920156.969271 ECR Offices. 
  • 50.920426.969221 Silo23. 
  • 50.921266.968741 Siebengebirge. 
  • 50.922186.968331 Rheinkontor. 
  • 50.92266.967931 Elisabeth-Treskow-Platz. 
  • 50.922586.968491 Rheinbastion. 
  • 50.923246.967261 baufeld 21. 
  • 50.923056.967921 rhein3. 
  • 50.923416.967741 home4. 
  • 50.923786.967021 Bayenturm. 
  • 50.924276.966861 Kontor 19. 
  • 50.924526.967251 Wohnwerft 18.20. Two long apartment buildings along the Rhine 
  • 50.925016.966571 Altes Krafthaus. Preserved historic warehouse behind the Altes Hafenamt 
  • 50.92526.965811 Altes Hafenamt. 
  • 50.925596.966191 Harry-Blum-Platz. 
  • 50.925966.966631 KRANHAUSPlus. 
  • 50.926696.96631 The Bench. Built in 2007 to designs by Bahl + Partner, this office building houses the European headquarters of computer game company Electronic Arts (updated Apr 2017)
  • 50.92746.966041 Kranhaus 1. 
  • 50.927316.963931 Pier 15. Immediately behind the Kranhaus 1 across the marine are the twin office buildings 
  • 50.928186.965731 Halle 12. 
  • 50.928166.963531 Kunsthaus Rhenania. 
  • 50.928856.965541 Pandion Vista. 
  • 50.929296.963241 RheinauArtOffice. The two-part building across the marina houses Microsoft offices. 
  • 50.929656.96521 Halle 11. 
  • 50.931096.964681 Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum. 
  • 50.93096.964241 VD-Office Rheinauhafen. 
  • 50.93196.964541 Chocolate Museum. 
  • 50.932276.96361 Kölner Drehbrücke. 
  • 50.932726.963581 Malakoffturm. 
  • 50.932076.96331 Der Tauzieher. A sculpture by Nikolaus Friedrich (1908) right by the Drehbrücke 

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