Bonn is situated on the river Rhine in Western Germany it was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 and remained so until reunification. The city is a short drive away from Cologne and makes a good base from which to explore the surrounding area.
Bonn is the city where Ludwig van Beethoven was born in 1770; the Baroque style, Beethoven House, situated at ‘Bonngasse’ 20 is the composer’s birthplace. The house has over one hundred and fifty original exhibits which include letters, manuscripts and his last grand piano; a very popular and important visitor attraction in Bonn.
There are more museums along the ‘Museum Mile’- a collection of excellent museums covering a range of subjects from technology, archaeology, culture and art to mention some. The Museum of History of the Federal Republic of Germany has some very interesting displays from the end of WWII up to the present. The Bonn Museum of Modern Art has collections of 20th century Art.
If you are on a short city break you may benefit from a bus tour of the city, there are also some guided walking tours of this historical city available. If you would like more information on the tours etc you should contact the Bonn Tourist Information Office before your planned visit to get up to date details and avoid any disappointment.
There is a wide selection of eateries in and around the city from cafes, bistros, beer gardens and restaurants; you can sample international cuisine and regional specialities with something to suit everyone’s tastes and pockets.
Around the marktplatz there are some charming places to stroll and explore, the city has a big pedestrian precinct there are narrow streets and alleys, numerous shops to keep you occupied and cafes if you need refreshment! For some more classy shops try the Bach Godesberg. You can enjoy some magnificent views over the Rhine when visiting the Alter Zoll a former customs house.
Bonn has plenty of memorable sights to see, dominating the market place is the Altes Rathaus the old Town Hall built in 1738 some important people have been photographed here. If you enjoy a stroll head just south-west of the city to the Poppelsdorf Palace, the castle houses Bonn’s Botanic Gardens which by all accounts have one of the largest plant species collection in the country.
Other attractions you may find time to visit include the Minster Basilica whose Romanesque 12th century cloister is worth seeing. You may want to relax awhile in the Rheinaue Leisure Park which is situated in the New Bonn District where you can admire the lake and garden and just enjoy the surroundings or take yourself off for a walk on the many footpaths in the park. The Bonn Opera House might be of interest to some with over a thousand concert seats it offers a variety of music theatre.
There are regular boat trips on the Rhine operating from Easter time through to October a nice relaxing way to do some sightseeing.
With a variety of hotels to choose from, you decide what suits your circumstances i.e. location, facilities/services and of course budget there should be one to suit most everyone.
Bonn is worth considering if you are looking to take a short city break it is a modern city but still retains its cultural and historical past.