Bike Touring Highlight
Large parts of the port facilities were destroyed by a heavy ice drift in February 1784. A new harbor basin was then built east of Ebertplatz. Due to its somewhat remote location and difficult access, this soon no longer met the requirements of Rhine shipping. As a result, a new customs and freedom port was built between Markmanns- and Mühlengasse in the 19th century. With the beginning of steam shipping from 1820 and the construction of the railways, the volume of trade in Cologne increased so much that an additional harbor basin was needed. The decision fell on the area of today's Rheinauhafen. The peninsula, called the Werthchen, on which the harbor was built, had previously served as a leisure island and was often used by the city's residents for strolling and swimming.
May 10, 2020
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