Otto Square (Ottoplatz)
Cologne or „Kölle“ as we locals call it – Our lively city on the Rhine offers you a wealth of cultural activities, international trade fairs and conferences, and numerous major events. Attractions such as Cologne Cathedral, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city’s 12 large Romanesque churches create an unforgettable impression.
Further, our cathedral city is home to many museums and galleries that present top-class art treasures of all styles and from all epochs.
Cologne is considered an insider tip as one of Germany’s greatest cities for shopping and let us not forget the excellent and exciting night life. Over 3,000 bars, cafes and restaurants invite you to enjoy a cool Kölsch beer …
Start - "The same procedure as every year" – start in Deutz in front of Otto Square (Ottoplatz)
km 1 - Deutz Bridge (Deutzer Brücke) with panoramic view at Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) and the Old Town (Altstadt)
km 2 - Rheinauhafen including Chocolate Museum (Schokoladenmuseum) and Sport and Olympia Museum as well as the architecturally unique crane houses (Kranhäuser)
km 5 - Bayenthal with Bismarck Pillar (Bismarcksäule) as the turning point
km 9 - Finally in the southern part of town (Südstadt) again. Passing Severinstorbogen over Severinstraße. Nice!
km 11 - Rudolf Square (Rudolfplatz) for the FIRST time! Not without cause you will pass this square three times
km 15 - Sülz and Sülzburgstraße – it could not be more Cologne-style!
km 17 - Lindenthal and Dürener Straße - Cologne's "Kö"!
km 19 - Cologne's celebs lie at Melaten Cementery (Melatenfriedhof) and the sun bathers lie at Aachen Pond (Aachner Weiher) in summertime
km 20 - Rudolf Square for the SECOND time! Over Hohenzollernring to Frisian Square (Friesenplatz). Cologne Marathon's heart! - a mass of people, a feeling like in Alpe d'Huez!
km 23 - Multicultural life in Ehrenfeld: For some years omitted and now back again – Venloer Straße and the new mosque in sighting distance to the television tower
km 31- Nippes took a perennial time-out. But why that? Neusser Straße is there!
km 40 - Rudolf Square for the THIRD time! And now with spectator motivation to the last kilometres!
km 40,5 - Espaliers of people and shouting and cheering also at Neumarkt, the after-run location
km 42 - Finish at Cologne Cathedral! Over Hohe Straße passing thousands of spectators and Cologne's landmark you will finish at Komödienstraße.
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