Bonn is an atmospheric city straddling the Rhine river with a backdrop of the Siebengebirge hill range. Being the former capital of West Germany and also the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven has put this city on the world map.
The city celebrates a unique union of history and music that you can experience at the Beethoven House, a memorial site and museum dedicated to one of Bonn’s most notable residents. You can surround yourself with classical melodies and stirring performances at iconic venues, such as the Schauspielhaus Bad Godesberg, Opera Bonn and Haus der Springmaus theatre.
You’ll find the city dotted with prominent monuments and buildings, representing its historical legacy. On your trip to Bonn, make your way to Bonn Minster – one of the oldest churches in Germany – to get a closer look at fine Romanesque-style architecture. Walk a few metres and you’ll reach the rococo-style Old Town Hall Bonn dominating the Bonner Marktplatz. You can also explore The Bundeshaus, a former parliament building.
The historical, natural and artistic heritage of Bonn is safeguarded in different museums. You can time-travel into the ancient world with a visit to the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, packed with archaeological exhibits, or learn about contemporary German history at Haus der Geschichte. To delve deeper into natural history, visit the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig or trace the life and legacy of August Macke, a famous expressionist painter, at August Macke House.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.08|
|Average weekend price||$148 per night|
|Average weekday price||$147 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
I visit several times per year for work and it is always beautiful. I always see new parts of the city and it is always beautiful. IMO it is a great city and the public transportation makes it easy to get around without a car.
Much smaller than its close neighbour, Cologne, Bonn does not get behind in terms of its great history, multicultural feeling, amazing food and drink options, excellent variety and efficiency of public transportation system, excellent facilites for pedestrians and cyclers and vibrancy of overall urban life, even late at night. And it really gets forward in terms of great historic architecture, public spaces, safeness and costs. I really enjoyed the experience, even for a work trip, I just loved wandering around the historic center, the Rhine front, the central train station and all the way south to the World Conference Center and west to the Alter Friedhof. All I saw, lived, ate and bought was met with nice people, great spots for taking pictures and amazing experiences. Would have loved to stay longer, to visit its many museums.
A smaller, but vibrant and multicultural city, with an amazing assortment of attractions (of which visited few, due to a very tight time and budget, due to attending a congress in the city) and the best and most convenient public transportation system that I have seen. The historic center is amazingly beautiful, clean and ordered, the Rhine border is beautiful and if you love Beethoven or are interested about Post-War Germany, this is the place to be. Lastly, I come from a place where cities are deserted at night, so going to a place where people are just, safely, enjoying in the streets, eating out or clubbing was a really nice experience to live, as an urban planner.
From the little that I saw, the city is ok. Lots of visible homelessness and drunkenness in the public open spaces though. As a lone female traveller this affected how safe I felt. It is not a city I would visit for a vacation. For business purposes it is ok.
The museums are very nice. The walk along the Rhine is also pleasant. The city seems to be stuck in the 1970's-80's. But you also find really beautiful Art-Nouveau buildings there. People are nice and helpful. Public transport is good and with a 24 hour card for 2 zones (1a,1b), you can cover most of the places within the city. I also learnt of the Welcome Card, but only on my second day there. It was really cheap considering that it gave public transport access as well as some free/reduced entries to some museums. So I can definitely recommend getting the Welcome Card. Lots of restaurants to cater to many kinds of food preferences.
Bonn was clean, attractive, comfortably not busy. It is easy to walk about in the city with lovely walks along the river Rhein. We enjoyed the meals and snacks we had in the cafes and pubs. The coffee everywhere was delicious. People were friendly. We really enjoyed our stay in Bonn.
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