This is my favorite candy ever! A short train ride will take you close to this Haribo Factory where they produce the candy and then right next to it is the candy shop. I have never bought so much candy in my life and it was sooo cool because we don't have these big of stores in Canada, well at least I haven't seen any. if you have lilttle kids back at home and are visiting Bonn, I suggest going here....What kid doesn't like candy???
This bascillica is built on the site of 2 graves of two matrys being the city's patron saints Cassius & Florentius. The architecture is a blend of Gothic & Romanesque style.
The bascilica is open to the public between 7am - 7pm
Unfortunately there was no time for us to go inside.
The Federal Exhibition Hall
When in Bonn, you might wanna visit the "Museumsmeile" -- the "mile of museums" . At the southern end of the Museumsmeile is the Federal Exhibition hall which frequently hosts large international art/cultural exhibitions. Right next to it, built in the same monumental modern style, lies Bonn's municipal art museum. The open space inbetween is used for large open air rock concerts during the summer season including some big international acts. Watch out for programs!
Opera in Bonn
The composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1857) was born in Bonn and lived here for the first twenty-two years of his life, until he moved to Vienna.
This Beethoven sculpture by Klaus Kammerichs is on the lawn in front of the Beethovenhalle, a large concert hall that was built in 1959. The sculpture is called Beethon, and the fascinating thing about it is that when you look at it from any other angle it just looks like a jumble of irregularly shaped concrete slabs, but when you look at it from straight on, from either direction, those slabs resolve themselves into a vivid portrait of the composer.
Here at the opera house in Bonn I have seen several fine performances over the past thirteen years, including Salome, by Richard Strauss (1864-1949), in a weird staging by the British film director Ken Russell.
On my most recent visit I saw the two operas advertised in the photo: Cardillac by Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) and La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). I have described both of these operas in the General Tips on this page.
Bonn is located on the Rhine River 37 kilometers south of Cologne.
At last count Bonn had about 314,000 inhabitants, which is not quite half the population of Frankfurt am Main.
When West Germany was established as a separate state in 1949, there was considerable controversy about where the provisional capital should be, since the traditional capital Berlin was located off to the east, behind the new border. It finally came down to a choice between Bonn and Frankfurt am Main, and on May 10, 1949, the Parliamentary Council voted 33 to 29 in favor of Bonn.
After reunification Berlin was declared the nominal capital in 1990, but Bonn remained the administrative capital until 1999, when the seat of government was moved back to Berlin. To this day, however, there are still numerous federal agencies and ministries or parts of ministries in Bonn, and also a number of United Nations agencies and other international organizations.
"Ludwig van Beethoven......."
..... was a German composer and pianist.
Beethoven is revered as one of the greatest composers in history. He was born at Bonngasse, in Bonn, Germany to Johann van Beethoven (1740–1792) and Magdalena Keverich van Beethoven (1744–1787).
Beethoven's first music teacher was his father, who was rathr a demanding tutor. He would wake Beethoven in the midst of the night to play for him.
Beethoven's talent was recognized at a very early age.
In 1787 young Beethoven traveled to Vienna for the first time, where he may have met and played for Mozart.
Beethovens mother died when he was just 18 years old leaving him to raise his two brothers as his father wa unable to due to being an alcaholic
Beethoven eventually moved to Vienna to persue his carreer in music.
Unfortunately at about 28 he began to loose his hearing which led to depression to the degree of contemplating suicide.
He never married, he lived as an angry man, never washed his clothing however kept himself bodily clean and retained a close circle of friends.
His music is said to reflect his troubled life, masterpieces were written from his personal experiences.
Here in Bonn there is a magnificent piece of sculpture of Beethoven.