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Germany Kranhäuser, Cologne

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The Kranhäuser (engl. "crane houses") in the Rheinauhafen of Cologne are 3 pretty modern buildings, which where built in 2011 and look like an upside-down "L". They can add a lot to your photos, but in my opinion it's pretty difficult to capture them in a way they look good, because these buildings are interesting, but they are not extremely beautiful.
My favorite spot to shoot them is at Severinsbridge. I just love all these contrasts between yellow - blue, modern - old, clean - dirty etc. So this is maybe one of my most favorite spots in Cologne, which isn't that well known.

Photography Tips

To get that color contrast between the yellow stone wall and the sky you have to be there during the blue hour, which is just after sunset or before sunrise. The first option is maybe better if you want some lights in these buildings.

Additionally you have to pay attention on the traffic, because when a streetcar or heavy vehicles are passing the bridge is shaking, which could ruin your sharp results.

Travel Information

These is a big parking place beyond Severinsbridge, which is pretty cheap (4 € for a day) and you don't have to pay after 18 o'clock. You can also get there by train, because the streetcar is also using that bridge and holding nearby that spot.
Crowd Factor Just a few people
Best Timing Blue hour/nighttime
Sunrise & Sunset 08:21 - 16:28 | current local time: 03:20
Photo Themes Architecture Skyscraper
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Spot Comments (14)

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Adelheid Smitt
Adelheid Smitt 05.05.2020
Definitely on my list of things to do as soon as travel is possible again.
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 06.05.2020
Let me know when you decide to go there. Maybe I can join if I have time. I still owe you a drink... or 2 ;-)
Adelheid Smitt
Adelheid Smitt 06.05.2020
Sounds like a great idea, Manuel!
Hanaa Turkistani
Hanaa Turkistani 24.02.2020
amazing
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 25.02.2020
When I see the photos in your profile Hanaa, I guess you would definitely like this place a lot since there are various nice perspectives around these buildings within this area.
msc-photodesign
msc-photodesign 30.05.2017
Da werde ich nächste Woche definitv vorbeischauen wenn ich Köln unsicher mache :) Danke!
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 30.05.2017
Na dann mal viel Spaß in Köln! Dein Ergebnis kannst du dann gern dem Spot hier hinzufügen.
msc-photodesign
msc-photodesign 30.05.2017
...ich sollte generell vielleicht mal anfangen hier was hochzuladen :) LG
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 30.05.2017
Wann immer du magst, wenn du die Plattform selbst nur zum scouten nutzt ist das ebenfalls vollkommen okay.
Michael Keil
Michael Keil 02.04.2017
Nice spot Manuel, went there last friday. I would recommend this spot to anyone who is in the area. Truly something different to the standard Cathedrale and crane houses spots. Besides the post processing is awesome too, i like the little more cold atmosphere.
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 30.05.2017
Yeah, your photo looks a little bit more natural than mine does, but as always it depends very much on taste etc. in details like that. Definitely a great spot in Cologne, that's not the Cathedral!! :)
Pari Comninos
Pari Comninos 24.03.2015
Hi Manuel, sehr gelungenes Bild. Stand auch mal dort, aber unter der Brücke. Schöne Schärfe und toller Aufbau, wobei mir die Farben etwas zu kühl sind. Dennoch super Bild.. Gruß Pari
Manuel Becker Team
Manuel Becker 24.03.2015
Vielen lieben Dank Pari! Dafür lässt mich dein Bild vom Mediahafen in Düsseldorf echt neidisch werden! Wenn ich das richtig sehe bist du ja aus der Region, also lass gern bei Interesse irgendwann mal gemeinsam fotografieren gehen. Arbeite bereits an einer Funktion für diese Seite, über der wir solche Treffen bald planen können. Also selbstverständlich nur falls du Interesse hast! :)
Pari Comninos
Pari Comninos 24.03.2015
Danke für die Blumen. Gerne können wir alle zusammen mal losziehen. Wir sind meist drei, vier oder auch nur zwei. Kannst dich gerne jederzeit anschließen.

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