Main railway station
Today's main railway station was built on the former site of the botanical gardens.
Only the large platform hall remains of the new construction of the late 19th century which, with its 225 metres in length, 65 metres in width, and 24 metres in height, demonstrates the technical optimism of the time of construction. There are similarities in the form of the steel construction of the railway station and of Cologne's Gothic Cathedral.
With total investments of over Euro 102.26 million, Cologne main station, with its over 1,200 local and long-distance trains, and over 220,000 visitors daily, obtained an up-to-date image, and now once again presents itself as a highly modern railway station.
The «Colonaden« - a service and shopping centre with around 70 specialist shops, cafés, and restaurants in space of approximately 11,500 square metres - was completely reconstructed.
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