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Bonn Minster Church. Photo Filius Humanitas
Bonn Minster Church. Photo Filius Humanitas
Beethoven Statue. Photo by Tour on Tales
Beethoven Statue. Photo by Tour on Tales
Bonn City at Night. Photo by Bryan Jones
Bonn City at Night. Photo by Bryan Jones
Old Town Hall. Thomas Wolf, foto-tw.de
Old Town Hall. Thomas Wolf, foto-tw.de
Haus der Geschichte. Photo Bonn Tourism
Haus der Geschichte. Photo Bonn Tourism
Art and Exhibition Hall. Photo romtomtom.de
Art and Exhibition Hall. Photo romtomtom.de
Inside Bundeskunsthalle. Photo Bonn Tourism
Inside Bundeskunsthalle. Photo Bonn Tourism
Poppelsdorfer Schloss (Palace) in Bonn, Germany
Poppelsdorfer Schloss (Palace) in Bonn, Germany

Bonn Information

Bonn is located on the banks of the Rhine River and was once the former capital of West Germany before Germany’s reunification in 1990. Even thought Berlin replaced Bonn to become the official capital city of Germany, Bonn still plays a large influence in politics with so many government departments and jobs in the city that it still holds the title of Bundesstadt (Federal City).

One of the Bonn’s biggest claims to worldwide fame and recognition is that it was the birthplace of the world famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven. In recognition of one of the worlds best ever composers; Bonn features a statue in the city at Münsterplatz and many tourists come to the city to see the Beethoven House and Museum.

Apart from a couple of modern skyscrapers such as the Post tower, being the headquarters for the German postal service, the majority of the city is jam packed with old historical buildings. Bonn dates back to around 10 BC when the Romans constructed a bridge across the River Rhine at a place called “Bonna” which is where the name of the city originates. Some medieval structures still exist in Bonn and are a hot tourist attraction like the Sterntor (Star gate), which built in 1244 is recognised as a World famous recorded archaeological site.

Another of Bonn’s notable historic attractions is the Old Town Hall located in Marketplace. The Gothic style building was founded in 1737 By Elector Clements August and marketplace is also a great place to stop to grab a bite to eat from a choice of several great dinning establishments.

Other great historic sights to see in Bonn include the Godesburg Fortress, Poppelsdorf Palace, Bonn Minster church and the museum mile that houses nine great museums all within a short walking distance.

As Bonn is the birthplace of Beethoven an activity not to miss is a visit to the local Opera. If you visit Bonn during September you have come at the right time for the month long Beethovenfest with numerous concerts playing throughout the month.

For more Holiday information on Bonn you might want to visit the official German government website Stadt Bonn

Market Square in Bonn, Germany. Photo taken by M Bell
Market Square in Bonn, Germany. Photo taken by M Bell
View of Bonn at Sunrise in Winter. Photo by Matthias Zepper
View of Bonn at Sunrise in Winter. Photo by Matthias Zepper