From November - January you can go running on ice between the faboulos "Kunstmuseum Bonn" and the "Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle Bonn".
Every night people meet to have fun on ice and have a melted wine at the bar.
And the entrance is for free! You only have to bring your own shoes or rent some for little money.
Enjoying peacfull times. Bonn...
Enjoying peacfull times. Bonn definately allows for just that. Biking is along the River Rhine is very nice, supposing its summer time. If in the winter, you better take a car, but the Metro system will do just fine. Find your way to the square in Bonn, or to the huge parks where you can pick up a bite to eat and wash it down with some Paulaner Weiss beer and the fine bier gartens located throughout. Head on over to the lawn in front of the University and have a nice smoke. Enjoy the peacfull times.
Very casual attitude. If you think California is a mello, chill, laid back place? You must go to Bonn. Its the liberal attitude applied very nicely.
Visit the Museum of German Contemporary History
For the very interesting and modern Haus der Geschichte, as this museum is called in German, the citizens of Bonn must be grateful to France's former President Mitterand. Having become a really good friend of Chancellor Kohl, he opened Kohl's eyes a bit for a legacy outside of politics. It was then basically Kohl's initiative to build a museum presenting the contemporary history of the Federal Republic of Germany. The museum opened in 1994 and has since received widespread acclaim. It is pretty much a "hands on" museum with many original pieces and documents. Both the West and East German developments from 1945 until our re-unification and beyond are displayed and explained in a concrete and entertaining way without losing depth. Much room for personal discoveries and journeys into your own life.
The HDG also has virtual exhibitions (also in English language) that can be accessed through its website (link below).
Because of the many interesting and lively displays, international visitors will also enjoy a visit, even though knowledge of the German language is essential for getting the full picture. There are no English descriptions, but you can get a translation booklet at the information counter, and there also are English language guide tours. Paid for by the German taxpayers, i.e. Free Admission. Open daily except Monday from 9 - 19.
"Visiting Bonn with Overton Choral Society"
Whilst visiting our sister choir in Euskirchen we visited Bonn and stood on the town hall steps (rather pretty, aren't they) and sung to the people sitting at the cafe below. They didn't applaud us!
Bonn is very attractive and has the Danube running through it. Several famous composers lived or worked in Bonn and many of the houses are musems. The town hall is particularly striking and is set in a very pretty cobbled square.
- a.k.a. Collegiate Church of Saints Cassius & Florentius, martyred (beheaded) Roman legionnaires. A basilica since 1956
- statue of Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer (1876-1967) the first Chancellor 1949-63 of the Federal Republic of Germany
artist: Hubertus von Pilgrim (1931-)
- academic art museum
founded: 1818, the oldest museum in Bonn
architect: Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841) & Hermann Friedrich Waesemann (1813-79)
- market fountain
constructed: 18th century
- cathedral square
- Beethoven monument, Bonn is the birthplace of composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
artist: Ernst Julius Hähnel (1811-91)
- post office, a.k.a. Palais Fürstenberg
current use: post office, since 1877
- star gate
razed: 1898, to ease traffic congestion
recreated: 1900, at different location and with little resemblance to the original
- train station
constructed: 1883-84, rail service reached the city in 1844
architect: Carl Schellen & Traugott Unger