Bonn, one of Germany’s oldest cities, is best recognized as the birthplace of Beethoven. Situated on the Rhine River, Bonn maintains a cozy, relaxed atmosphere of a small town, featuring a charming old town, many museums and many outdoor cafes and beer gardens. It is the perfect base city if you are looking to visit cities like Cologne and Dusseldorf. Check out our Top 8 Things To Do In Bonn.
Bonn Botanic Gardens and Poppelsdorf Palace
The Poppelsdorf Palace was erected in 1740 in Baroque style. Today it is used by university as an important research place of botany. The park around the palace has been a Botanical Gardens with hothouses for almost 200 years. It has more than 8000 plant species from all over the world. In the greenhouses of the Botanical Garden numerous exotic species are thriving. When in Bonn one of the most spectacular plant species, the titan arum opens inside a few hours its giant blossoms, thousands of visitors come by to watch this rare spectacle.
The Art and Exhibition Hall (Bundeskunsthalle)
The Bundeskunsthalle is a unique venue. Since its inauguration in 1992 it has set new standards with a richly varied programme of exhibitions devoted not only to art and cultural history of all eras right up to the present day, but also to science, technology and the environment. The ground-breaking cultural history exhibitions in particular appear in retrospect to have anticipated the rising trend towards globalisation. Cultures from all over the world – some well-known, other much less so – are presented in Bonn.
The Bonn Minster is a Roman Catholic church in Bonn. It is one of Germany’s oldest churches, having been built between the 11th and 13th centuries. It stands on a site that has been sacred for 2,000 years, first as a Roman temple and then as a Christian church and shrine to the martyrs Cassius and Florentius.
The Beethoven House in Bonn, Germany, is a memorial site, museum and cultural institution serving various purposes. Founded in 1889, the house is L-shaped and has three floors. It holds letters, autographed scores, paintings and sculptures, musical instruments (pianos, string quartet instruments, organ…) and lots of information on Beethoven and those close to him.
The Town Hall on Market Square
The Market Square offers many boutiques along a picturesque setting. It’s the perfect combination of window shopping and sightseeing. The Old Town Hall, Bonn’s front parlour, is situated in the market square (‘Markt’). The building adorned with a rococo facade accommodates the offices and representative rooms of the mayor.
The Sterntor was once the gate of the medieval city walls and is the remains of old castle walls. It is found right across from one of the city’s beautiful squares.
The most well-known amusement and leisure park in the region called Phantasialand is located directly in front of the gates of Bonn, in the neighboring town of Brühl. This paradise for old and young is in the top 15 most visited amusement parks in Europe. Phantasialand takes its visitors on an exciting themed voyage of discovery around the world – Africa and Asia, Mystery and Fantasy, Mexico and Berlin are only a few of the many magical worlds at the park.
Eat hearty and drink Bönnsch
Cologne has Kölsch, Düsseldorf has Alt and Bonn has Bönnsch! Get to the brewery; learn about the brewing process and the special shape of the beer glass. Enjoy the rustic but cozy ambiance while having some Bönnsch with a hearty German dish.
Just So You Know…
Get Some Culture:
- Museum Koenig – A natural history museum and zoological research institution.
- Egyptian Museum – With an extensive collection of original objects from Ancient Egypt.
- Arithmeum – A mathematics museum with more than 1200 historical mechanical calculating machines.
- Deutsches Museum – Shows some 100 contemporary masterpieces of science and technology. They represent significant scientific and technical developments of the past almost seven decades.
- Rheinisches Landesmuseum – Highlighting the region’s past through exhibitions of prehistoric finds, artworks & film.
- Kunstmuseum – Modern Art museum with one of the internationally most important collections of German art – based on the seminal inventory of works by August Macke.
- Akademisches Kunstmuseum – The Academic Art Museum with a collection of classical antiquities at the University of Bonn. It is Bonn’s oldest museum.