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.
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.
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