List of streets in Cologne

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This is an overview of streets and roads in the city of Cologne. It includes a list of notable streets, for historic, transportation or other reasons and is to present an understanding of the city's road systems. The scope of this article does not cover the city's public squares.

Innenstadt streets[edit]

This is a list of some notable streets in Innenstadt, Cologne.

Streets and alleys in Altstadt[edit]

entrance of Lintgasse, as seen from Alter Markt
House at corner of Zülpicher Straße and Heinsbergstraße
Street Length Landmarks note
Am Hof Haus Saaleck, Früh brewery
Am Leystapel St. Maria in Lyskirchen
Breite Straße 0,38 km Zeichen 239 - Sonderweg Fußgänger, StVO 1992.svg pedestrian zone
Brückenstraße Zeichen 239 - Sonderweg Fußgänger, StVO 1992.svg pedestrian zone
Cäcilienstraße St. Cäcilien, Museum Schnütgen
Ehrenstraße 0,37 km Vorschriftszeichen 10a.svg tempo 30 zone
Eigelstein Eigelsteintor Vorschriftszeichen 10a.svg tempo 30 zone
Filzengraben Holy Trinity Church
Friesenstraße 0,32 km Vorschriftszeichen 10a.svg tempo 30 zone
Gereonstraße St. Gereon
Glockengasse 0,23 km 4711 House, Cologne Opera
Gürzenichstraße 0,32 km Gürzenich Zeichen 239 - Sonderweg Fußgänger, StVO 1992.svg pedestrian zone
Hahnenstraße 0,48 km Hahnentor
Hohe Straße 0,68 km Stollwerck Passage Zeichen 239 - Sonderweg Fußgänger, StVO 1992.svg pedestrian zone
Street Length Landmarks note
Lintgasse 0,13 km Gaffel-Haus Zeichen 239 - Sonderweg Fußgänger, StVO 1992.svg pedestrian zone
Kartäusergasse Cologne Charterhouse
Komödienstraße St. Andreas
Krebsgasse 0,27 km Vorschriftszeichen 10a.svg tempo 30 zone
Magnusstraße Römerturm
Minoritenstraße Minorites Church, Kolumba
Mittelstraße 0,19 km St. Aposteln Vorschriftszeichen 10a.svg tempo 30 zone
Rheingasse Overstolzenhaus
Schaafenstraße 0,25 km
Schildergasse 0,50 km Antoniterkirche, Weltstadthaus Zeichen 239 - Sonderweg Fußgänger, StVO 1992.svg pedestrian zone
Severinstraße 1,05 km Basilica of St. Severin, Severinstor
Ulrichgasse Ulrepforte
Zeughausstraße Zeughaus

Streets in Neustadt[edit]

Street Length Landmarks note
Aachener Straße Millowitsch-Theater
Brüsseler Straße 1,04 km St. Michael Vorschriftszeichen 10a.svg tempo 30 zone
Im Zollhafen 0,71 km Rheinauhafen Zeichen 239 - Sonderweg Fußgänger, StVO 1992.svg pedestrian zone
Maybachstraße MediaPark Vorschriftszeichen 10a.svg tempo 30 zone
Moltkestraße 0,67 km Stadtgarten
Neusser Straße St. Agnes
Street Length Landmarks note
Roonstraße 0,80 km Roonstrasse Synagogue
Teutoburger Straße University of Applied Sciences
Venloer Straße Friesenplatz
Volksgartenstraße 0,74 km Volksgarten, Lutherkirche
Weißenburgstraße 0,55 km St. Agnes, Oberlandesgericht Vorschriftszeichen 10a.svg tempo 30 zone
Zülpicher Straße Sacred Heart Church

Streets in Deutz[edit]

Street Length Landmarks note
Deutzer Freiheit 0,45 km St. Heribert Zeichen 239 - Sonderweg Fußgänger, StVO 1992.svg pedestrian zone
Gotenring 0,68 km Severin Bridge
Kennedy-Ufer Old St. Heribert Vorschriftszeichen 10a.svg tempo 30 zone
Siegburger Straße Deutzer Hafen

Principal ring roads[edit]

The city of Cologne possesses one of the most comprehensive urban ring road systems. The beltways were laid out during the end of the 19th and the early 20th century and today are still being complemented and extended. Their development originated in the work of architects and urban designers such as Karl Henrici, Josef Stübben and Fritz Schumacher as well as former Cologne mayors Hermann Heinrich Becker and Konrad Adenauer.

Cologne Ring[edit]

Hohenzollernring on the Cologne Ring

The Cologne Ring ([Kölner Ring or plural Kölner Ringe] error: {{lang-xx}}: text has italic markup (help)) is a semi-circular, some 6 km long urban boulevard in Innenstadt, Cologne and the city's busiest and most prominent street system. The Cologne Ring is a four-lane street and part of Bundesstraße 9.

The ring sections between Barbarossaplatz and Ebertplatz are some of the busiest streets in Cologne.

Roads Length Average distance to Cologne Cathedral Note
Ubierring, Chlodwigplatz, Karolingerring, Sachsenring, Salierring, Barbarossaplatz, Hohenstaufenring, Habsburgerring, Rudolfplatz, Hohenzollernring, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring, Hansaring, Ebertplatz, Theodor-Heuss-Ring 6.0 km 1.6 km Bundesstraße 9 number.svg Bundesstraße 9

Innere Kanalstraße[edit]

Innere Kanalstraße is part of a ring road system, which spans from Vorgebirgstraße in the south-west to Zoobrücke in the north-east. Innere Kanalstraße and Universitätsstraße are the longest of these streets and follow the outside outline of the Cologne Green Belt[1] (German: Kölner Grüngürtel). They therefore encircle the district of Innenstadt to the west and north-west. These are mostly six-lane roads and follow the Inner Ring almost concentrically. Kanal- and Universitätsstraße are a major relief of traffic load on the Inner Ring. Landmarks on Universitätsstraße are the University, after which the street is named, and the Aachener Weiher with the Museum of East Asian Art. Landmarks on Innere Kanalstraße are the Colonius telecommunication tower and the Herkules tower.

Roads Length Average distance to Cologne Cathedral Note
Am Vorgebirgstor, Pohligstraße, Weißhausstraße, Universitätsstraße, Innere Kanalstraße, Zoobrücke 10 km 2.0 km Bundesstraße 55a number.svg Bundesstraße 55a (partially)

Cologne Belt[edit]

Sülzgürtel on the Cologne Belt

The Cologne Belt (German: Kölner Gürtel) is a system of ring roads which runs through the Left-Rhenish districts of Cologne. The sections of the Cologne Belt are mostly defined by the large arterial roads running perpendicular to them and are named after the districts and city parts they pass through. The Cologne Belt was set up in the early 20th century and is somewhat concentric to Kanal- and Universitätsstraße and the Cologne Inner Ring.

Roads Length average distance to Cologne Cathedral note
Bayenthalgürtel, Raderberggürtel, Raderthalgürtel, Zollstockgürtel, Klettenbergürtel, Sülzgürtel, Lindenthalgürtel, Stadtwaldgürtel, Melatengürtel, Ehrenfeldgürtel, Parkgürtel, Mauenheimer Gürtel, Niehler Gürtel 15 km 3.5 km


Only a minor street today, the Militärringstraße once had significance for the fortifications of Cologne during the 19th and early 20th century. The Militärring once was a true ring, encircling the entire city at a length of some 40 km (25 mi).

Roads Length Average distance to Cologne Cathedral Note
Militäringstraße 25 km[2] 4.9 to 7.7 km

Cologne Beltway[edit]

The Cologne Beltway (German: Kölner Autobahnring) is the generic term for the Autobahns encircling Cologne. It consists of the Bundesautobahn 3, the Bundesautobahn 4 and the Bundesautobahn 1. With an average of 160,000 cars per day on the BAB 3 and 100,000 on A4 and A1, the beltway handles one of the highest traffic volumes in Germany.[3]

The beltway crosses the Rhine at Leverkusen Bridge in the north and Cologne Rodenkirchen Bridge in the south. The Autobahns on the beltway cross Bundesautobahn 559, Bundesautobahn 555 and Bundesautobahn 57. The Bundesautobahn 59 is tied to the beltway at the interchange Leverkusen-West in the north and to Dreieck Heumar in the south. Cologne/Bonn Airport lies on the Bundesautobahn 59.

Roads Length Average distance to Cologne Cathedral Note
Bundesautobahn 3, Bundesautobahn 4, Bundesautobahn 1 50 km 5.0 to 12.0 km

Principal arterial roads[edit]

high and freeways in Cologne
Kalker Hauptsraße
Luxemburger Straße

In the following a list of arterial roads, starting clockwise in the North-East. The names of some roads indicate the city or direction, they lead towards.

Right-Rhenish arterial roads all start in Deutz. Deutz is a city part of Innenstadt. Left-Rhenish arterial roads mostly start at the Cologne Ring. Of the major arterial roads, only Dürener Straße and the BAB 57 start on Universitätsstraße and Innere Kanalstraße respectively. Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer is a river embankment road, leading further into the center up to Hohenzollern Bridge.

Right-Rhenish arterial roads[edit]

Road Length Districts note
Pfälzischer, Bergischer and Clevischer Ring (extend into Düsseldorfer Straße) Deutz, Mülheim Bundesstraße 8
Stadtautobahn (extends into BAB 4) 3,55 + 4,51 kmwithin city limits Deutz, Mülheim, Kalk Bundesstraße 55a
Deutz-Kalker-Straße (extends into Kalker Hauptstraße and Olpener Straße) 1,06 + 1,63 + 6,06 km Deutz, Kalk Bundesstraße 55
Östliche Zubringerstraße (part of BAB 559) 8,40 km Deutz, Porz Bundesautobahn 559
Siegburger Straße (extends into Kölner Straße and Hauptstraße) 3,84 + 3,76 + 4,43 km Deutz, Porz

Left-Rhenish arterial roads[edit]

Road Length Districts note
Agrippinaufer and Gustav-Heinemann-Ufer Innenstadt, Rodenkirchen Bundesstraße 9
Bonner Straße (extends into BAB 555) 3,18 + 5,93 kmwithin city limits Innenstadt, Rodenkirchen Bundesautobahn 555
Vorgebirgstraße 2,62 km Rodenkirchen
Luxemburger Straße 4,21 kmwithin city limits Innenstadt, Lindenthal Bundesstraße 265
Dürener Straße 6,08 km Lindenthal Bundesstraße 264
Aachener Straße 8,51 kmwithin city limits Innenstadt, Lindenthal Bundesstraße 55
Venloer Straße 8,48 kmwithin city limits Innenstadt, Ehrenfeld Bundesstraße 59
Kreisstraße 4 (extends into BAB 57) 1,47 + 14,71 kmwithin city limits Ehrenfeld, Nippes, Chorweiler Bundesautobahn 57
Neusser Straße (extends into Neusser Landstraße) Innenstadt, Nippes, Chorweiler Bundesstraße 9
Riehler Straße Innenstadt, Nippes
Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 1,78 km Innenstadt Bundesstraße 51

See also[edit]



  • Priebe, Ilona (2004). Kölner Straßennamen erzählen. Zwischen Schaafenstraße und Filzgraben. Bachem J.P. Verlag. ISBN 3-7616-1815-8. 
  • Signon, Helmut (2006), Alle Straßen führen durch Köln, Greven Verlag, ISBN 3-7743-0379-7 

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