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Written by Glen Batten - 09 Jan 2015
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Location notes
This is in the tourist centre of Cologne, accessed from the top of the steps leading from the cathedral (or 'Dom') down to the river. A small grassed area is separated by a fence from the railway between the station throat and the famous bridge ('Hohenzollernbr�cke') over the Rhine.
Railway type and traffic
The line is extremely busy with all types of passenger traffic, from modern suburban DMUs and electrically-hauled commuter trains to Thalys and ICE units.
There is no freight as this takes alternative routes to avoid the busy Hauptbahnhof.
The location is busy with tourists visiting the cathedral ('Dom') and commuters walking and cycling across the Hohenzollernbr�cke. As such the area is safe, even at night.
Road directions
The station is located just off route 51. This road takes a tunnel under the line.

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Heinrich-Boll-Platz, Koln map co-ordinates
There is unlikely to be parking available in the immediate vicinity.
Public transport
The location is 10 minutes' walk from Cologne main station (Hauptbahnhof).

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There are toilets near the entrance to the cathedral, a few minutes walk away. There are plenty of cafes and excellent brauhaus restaurants nearby serving the usual German fare, also pizza restaurants, burger bars, etc.
There is a Marriott hotel near by. It is 'pricey' but very good.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Heinrich-Boll-Platz, Koln

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Heinrich-Boll-Platz, Koln

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Photographic notes
The line runs east-west here and the location is on the south side of the tracks, with the station to your left (west) and the bridge to you right (east). When it's sunny, the location is therefore best for trains heading out of the main station towards the bridge in the morning, and for trains arriving at the station from the east in the evening, so it's ideal for both morning and evening rush hours. However, Cologne is known for being rather cloudy, in which case one need be less concerned with the sun position! The only frustration is when an intended shot is blocked by another train passing on a nearer track!
Incidentally, photos are also possible from the top of the cathedral if you can manage the 533 steps! There is a small charge (�3 in 2014).

General views - All photographs © Glen Batten unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north east

Fig 1 - Looking north east

Fig 2- Looking north west

Fig 2- Looking north west

Fig 3 - Looking north

Fig 3 - Looking north

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