Located on the banks of the River Rhine, Bonn is an easy and relaxed city in Germany, best known as the actual birthplace of world-famous composer Beethoven. Bonn in recent times has become one of the most attractive cultural destinations boasting impressive sights, historic structures, magnificent architecture, museums, galleries, sports events, music concerts and festivals.
The modern and lively cosmopolitan has a history of well over 2000 years. With such a vast lifespan, the city has an infinite number of sights, attractions and activities to participate in and one of the best ways to explore the city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Bonn, which include historic sites like Old Town Hall, Kreuzbergkirche Church, Bonner Münster Basilica, Poppelsdorfer Schloss and Botanical Gardens, Doppelkirche and Kottenforst. The historic city tells the tales of its past through the many museums and art galleries showcasing artefacts and artworks with cultural significance like Beethoven-Haus, Ägyptisches Museum, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Deutsches Museum and Haus der Geschichte. Other top attractions in Bonn include the several annual festivals like Karneval, Beethovenfest, Christmas Market, Pützchens Markt and music theatres like Oper Bonn, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bonner Kammerchor and many cinemas showing dubbed German versions of international films. Bonn has a cosy, relaxed atmosphere of a small town, which makes exploring this city a unique experience and Bonn is definitely a destination that should be on the list of all travellers.
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What to Do in and around Bonn
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Bonngasse 24-26, 53111 Bonn, Germany
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Bonn is the birthplace of music legend, Ludwig van Beethoven. It attracts thousands of tourists everywhere to the city to connect to his musical brilliance. Serving as a memorial site, the Beethoven-HausMuseumis a popular museum and a cultural institution in Bonn. Scholarly demonstrations are conducted here during the day time.
Founded in 1889 by the Beethoven-Haus association,the museum houses an impressive collection of digital copies as well as visualrecords. Beethoven’s original birthplace is the Bonngasse 20 while the neighbouring buildings accommodate the research centre on his music archives. The museum was officially opened for the public on 10thMay 1893 during the second chamber music festival. Apart from the family possessions, the museum also exhibits portraits, manuscripts, music printouts in sheets, instruments and even diary pages exclusive to Beethoven’s life.
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Willy-Brandt-Allee 14, 53113 Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Bonn is home to the contemporary history of Neo-Prussian regime. Located along the Museum Mile, the Haus der Geschichteis a popular tourist attraction close to the subway station. It is decorated with the items belonging to the pre-Unification years beginning in 1945. Be it the rise of the German engineering or the fall of the Berlin wall, the museum exhibits the astonishing transformation of the country across a floor space of 22,000 square meters.
TheHaus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschlandwas designed in 1985 by the duo of Ingeborg and HartmutRüdiger from Braunschweig. It was the brainchild of the Chancellor of Germany, Helmut Kohl. It was completed in the year 1989. It forms a circle of popular exhibition sites like:
The Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig,
Bahnhof Friedrichstraße, “Tränenpalast" am
Museum in der Kulturbrauerei
Political Cartoon gallery
Special orientation programs are arranged for physically challenged persons and small kids.
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Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, 53113 Bonn, Germany
10:00 am - 07:00 pm
Bonn has become synonymous with intellectual integrity and cultural heritage owing to its museums. Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland or Bundeskunsthalle is one of the star attractions of the city located along the picturesque Museum Mile. The art and exhibition hall showcase rich trade exchanges from other parts of the world in addition to the political wealth bestowed by the German states. A towering illuminated access with roof garden represents the 16 Federal States.
Bundeskunsthalle was built between 1989 and 1992. Designed by the Viennese architect Gustav Peichl, it is one of the most frequently visited museums in the circuit of Bonn attractions dealing with exhibitions in art, culture, history, science, technology and environment. The contests for budding architects arranged here, draw hundreds of aspiring builders and designers to the museum.
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Ludwig-Erhard-Allee 20, 53175 Bonn, Germany
03:00 pm - 08:45 pm
The FreizeitparkRheinaue located on the bank of River Rhine is a fascinating place to paddle around with the kids and friends. Rated as a cool picnic spot by the locals, the Leisure Park also attracts thousands of foreign tourists from across the world. A striated paver footpath, designer gardens and bating lake form a natural escapade along the river line.
The Parkland was established in 1979 as part of the National Horticultural Show. The terrain forms the heart of Bonn covering over 160 hectares of land. Apart from the sprawling carpet of luscious green landscape, you can also boat around in the pedalos of the AuenseeLake or take a cycle tour. The six pontoon bridges connect the different spots in the park.
Key attractions are:
The Japanese Garden
The Garden for the Blind.
Educational Track of the Trees of the Year
In short, it’s a visual delight for garden lovers and is now the emblem of Bonn’s recreational district.
The BotanischeGärten der Universität Bonn is one of the oldest gardens in North Alps. It is spread lavishly across the Clemensruh Palace (PoppelsdorferSchloss) covering 6.5 hectares of land. For 400 years, it served as a place of extensive botanical research on plant cultivation and horticulture. The garden has been part of the University of Bonn since its inception in 1818. Today, it has more than 8000 plant species from across the world conserved in separate sections, maintained by the University.
The garden is divided into:
Systematic section: 1200 species with evolutionary explanations
Arboretum: 700 species of woody plants
Biotope and endangered plants section
The key attractions in the garden are:
House of ferns
House of palms
Beech trees over 200 years old
The idea to turn the garden into a lab of scientific botany was conceived by Dr. Christian Gottfried Daniel Nees von Esenbeck. Its present layout was restored in 1979 after being damaged in World War II. The 15th century painting of the garden is also exhibited in the garden area.
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Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 53113 Bonn, Germany
11:00 am - 06:00 pm
Bonn is often regarded as the ‘Exhibition City’ and the Kunstmuseum Bonn is a testimony to the tag. Founded in 1947, the modern art museum exhibits permanent as well as temporary collections. The aesthetically designed building focuses majorly on Rhine-esque Expressionism and Post-war German art. The present museum actually evolved from the Villa Obernier City Museum, founded in 1884.
Located along the Museum Mile, the building built by Axel Schultes was opened in 1992. It has an airy ambience with three openings.
Major Highlights of the museum are:
Print collection by Beuys and Max Ernst
Graphics collection from Bolliger Collection
The Oppenheim Collection of video art
It has a total exhibition area of 4000 square metres with exquisite stairs cut like fine jewellery. Apart from canvas artworks, the museum also exhibits print collections and video art. Works on display belong to elite artists like George Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Wolf Vostell, Lucio Fontana, Janis Kounellis, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Delaunay and Richard Long. The Videonale Festival is organized at the museum as a biennial event.
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Fiddler’s Irish Pub, 9 Frongasse, 53121 Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
05:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Bonn is frequented by business professionals, foreign students and research scholars. The Fiddler’s Irish Pub is the top spot for a friendly banter in the evening with beer and snacks. Known for its exclusive Irish Craft Beers, the pub is into its third generation of ownership at Bonn.
The Fiddler’s Irish Pub is often tagged as a two-floor destination with a ‘triple identity’. It transforms its ambience from a Student’s Pub to a Pre- Show Theatre and Cinema venue throughout its operating hours. The Irish waiters and waitresses serve the best of Irish cuisine amidst a cave-like ambience bustling with 400-odd people at any hour. Weekends are a colourful affair with Johnny Hollywood Karaoke Show and Pub Trivia in parties.
Some menu offered by The Fiddler’s Irish Pub includes:
Fish and Chipo with Tartare sauce
Minty Mush Peas
Irish Stout Beamish
Vanilla ice-cream with Hot cherry on top
Deep-fried Chocolate bars
Apart from Irish cuisine, the bar also serves Sunday brunch, Celtic, Scandinavian and Bavarian delicacies. An ideal place for a dinner for two or a corporate Finger party!
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Markt 2, 53111 Bonn, Germany
Altes Rathaus is the central landmark of Bonn frequented by tourists and aficionados of antiquated collections. It is the official residence of the Mayor. Located on the three-cornered market square, the 18th century building is the welcome house for celebrities and state leaders visiting Bonn.
Designed by Micheal Leveilly, Altes Rathaus is an embodiment of Rococo architecture blended with local aesthetics. The 3-storey building was completed in a year’s time in 1738. It has seven window axes with dormers on a mansard roof. It offers a towering view of the eclectic Bonn landscape. The entries made by celebrities feature in the Golden Book. The building houses the registry office to conduct marriage ceremonies. Most of the old structure and alley have been recently renovated with high-end sanitation and an air-conditioned hall.
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Im Krausfeld 10, 53111 Bonn, Germany
02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
The Frauenmuseum Bonn is a symbol of openness harboured by the people of Rhine. It is an exclusive women’s museum and definitely the first in the world. Founded in 1981 by Marianne Pitzen, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions all round the year.
Run by the Women's Museum – Art, Culture, Research, the Frauenmuseum Bonn promotes female artists from across the world to showcase their talent. The museum has its own collection of works from Käthe Kollwitz, Katharina Sieverding, Valie Export, Maria Lassnig and Yoko Ono. The different sections of the museum focus on various topics.
Key themes are:
History and Politics
The Women of Bonn
21st century Art
Women in Art
KunstimAlltag (Everday Art)
The kid’s studio is also an attractive gallery where children can play with colours, paints, moulds, glues and collages. The works from the Frauenmuseum Bonn has today led to the foundation of other women’s museum across Europe.
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Altes Rathaus, Am Markt, 53111 Bonn, Germany
12:00 pm - 04:00 pm
The Old Town Hall of Bonn is an iconic landmark of the city. It has hosted important political events attended by powerful world leaders. Situated in the bustling three-cornered market place called “Markt”, the building is a spectacular reflection of rococo architecture. All l crown heads and state leaders are received at the Old town Hall with their names etched in the Golden Book of the City’s Guests of Honour.
The Old Town Hall is Bonn’s front parlour. The foundation stone was laid by Elector Clemens August in 1737 to replace a medieval Gothic building. Designed by Michel Leveilly, the Old Town Hall has a flight of outdoor stairs with golden grating. For 700 years, the site has been a symbol of Bonn’s self-government. It is the permanent venue for the open-air cultural programme called “Bonner Sommer”.
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Adenauerallee 162, 53113 Bonn, Germany
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK) is an important natural museum and a zoological research institution in Germany managed by the University of Bonn since May, 1934. It was modelled after the Museum of Natural History, Berlin.
ZFMK is named after its founder, Alexander Koenig owing to his contribution to specimen collection and natural history. The museum was founded with an intention to showcase the private collection of Koenig as part of a permanent exhibition. The foundation stone was laid in 1912 but it took nearly 20 years for completion. It served as the seat of Parliamentary council for west Germany after World War II.
Our Blue Planet- Life in the Network
The Private Museum
The Class M. Naumann Building
Skeletal head of an Orca
Restored skeleton of Leonerasaurus
Diorama of the African veldt
The public exhibition is housed in the main building in a large central hall with glass roof.
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Marktplatz, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Bonn’s love for its native composer is evident everywhere. The Beethoven Statue is an expressive piece of sculpting that inspires thousands of artists visiting Bonn. Installed in 1845, the bronze statue was installed on the Münsterplatz in a ceremony attended by Friedrich Wilhelm IV and Queen Victoria.
Sculpted by Ernst Julius Hähnel and Friedrich von Amerling, the monument represents the Beethoven’s significant contribution to music.The statue was cast by the Nuremberg founder Jakob Daniel Burgschmiet.
The idea to build a permanent memorial for Beethoven was taken by the “Bonn Association for the Beethoven Monument", headed by August Schlegel in 1835. The statue represents the 4 pillars of music:
A supporting concrete sculpture made by Klaus Kammerichs was unveiled in 1986. The Beethoven Monument hosts the annual three-month musical carnival every November, extended up to Ash Wednesday in February.
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LVR-Landesmuseum in Bonn, Colmantstr, 14-16, 53115 Bonn
11:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Museum Rheinisch-Westfälischer Alterthümer is managed exclusively by the Rhineland Landscape Association.The present day museum has evolved from the “Museum of Antiquities” (Museum Rheinisch-Westfälischer Alterthümer) and the Provincial Museum.
Founded in 1820 by the decree of Prussian Chancellor, Karl August von Hardenberg, the museum houses many ancient figures dating back to the Roman era. It has numerous collections of archaeology and art in Nordrhein-Westfalia.
The permanent exhibitions showcase:
From the Gods to God
The Rhineland and the World
Ice Age Hunters
1945 Cologne Dresden
From Primeval Landscapes to Cities
Stone Age Era
Skeletons from Oberkassel
Gravestone of Quintus PetiliusSecundus
Bonn Roman woman
Apart from the exhibitions, the museum also hosts events and cinema shows inside the auditorium. Subject areas of the museum also display literature exhibition catalogues, trade publications and gift gallery.
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Deutsches Museum Bonn, D-building, im Wissenschaftszentrum, Ahrstraße 45, 53175 Bonn, Germany
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Bonn is a heaven for science lovers. The Deutsches Museum Bonn is the central destination for the modern day inventors. Designed like a real laboratory, the museum exhibits the actual setting of experiments performed by famous scientists, engineers and innovators.
The Deutsches Museum Bonn was established in 1995 with research and technology as its theme. It is an extension of the Deutsches Museum in Munich. At Bonn, it represents the passion of the Association of Sponsors for the Promotion of German Science. Located at the Wissenschaftszentrum of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, the museum has over 100 post-war works of art with an interactive setting from various disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, medical engineering, air and space travel as well as ecology.
The First MP3 Player
Evolution of Transrapid
Research papers of Novel Prize Winners
Scanning Tunnelling Microscope
The museum is an inspiration for students wanting to become scientists.
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MeckenheimerAllee 169 53115 Bonn, Germany, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Not many Universities in the world can boast of a royal legacy as the University of Bonn. It is built on the ruins of a castle locally called the PoppelsdorferSchloss. A relaxing walk from the University Main Building via Kaiserplatz and PoppelsdorferAllee is nothing short of meditation. The Baroque building shares its delightful terrain with a garden of high botanical importance for researchers inhabited by 8000 plant species.
The Poppelsdorf Palace was erected in 1740 with a touch of Hunting Chateau theme. Often regarded as the Highland Green Avenue of Bonn, the palace was built over an old castle. Much of it has been rebuilt following the air strikes during World War II. It has an attractive round arcade court with a quadrilateral of four wings with 16 columns. The present architecture exhibits the rococo design of Balthasar Neumann who planned the original layout of the castle.The Mineralogisches Museum is impressively harmonized with the Botanical garden amidst an illuminated backdrop in the night.