Swimming in the Rhine is dangerous
There is a substantial risk!
Warm temperatures and pleasant conditions tempt many people in Cologne to cool off in the Rhine. Unfortunately, the spontaneous idea of jumping into the river often ends in death. During one hot summer, Cologne and neighbouring cities along the Rhine mourned several victims who drowned in the river.
The Rhine is not a regulated swimming pool, but rather a fast-flowing, heavily frequented waterway. That's why swimming in it, including around ports, docks and other particularly dangerous places, is expressly prohibited.
However, bathing can also become perilous at other sites in and on the Rhine: Near the narrow Kribben (narrow artificial headlands jutting out into the Rhine), in shallow water on the river bed, and near small jetties - eddies can form anywhere, and drag even strong swimmers down to the their death.
Ship traffic should also not be underestimated, as modern-day vessels generate a significant wave effect which even trained swimmers can hardly combat.
We thus urgently warn you about the often hidden risks of the Rhine, and particularly ask parents to inform their children about this. Because swimming in the Rhine can end in death!