Bonn Touristic Service Centre
Well in case you need it, here are the details:
Windeckstraße 1 / near Muensterplatz
+49 (0)2 28 / 77 50-00 and 19433
+49 (0)2 28 / 77 50-77
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.,
Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ,
Sun and public holidays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Mediation of accommodations upon arrival
Guided city tours
"BonnMobil" (mobility centre)
Bonn souvenirs, tickets etc.
Only Good For A Beer
This restaurant right on the Beuel Rhine promenade is popular with walkers and cyclists taking a break on their riverside outing. As with so many restaurants in scenic places, prices are above average whereas the food is below average. The culinary experience is not enhanced by unattentive staff serving the mediocre food. Okay for a beer break during the walk, but don't come here to eat.
In the old castle there is the Friedrich-Wilhelm-University since 1818 y. It was founded by the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm. This is the main building of the University. The university uses more than 350 buildings scattered all over the Bonn area. In front of it there is a big park.
The famous students of this University:
Heinrich Heine, law student from 1819
Karl Marx, law student from 1835
Prinz Albert von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, philosophy from 1837
Friedrich Nietzsche, student of philosophy and theology from 1864
Konrad Adenauer, law student from 1895
Robert Schumann, law student from 1904
The Art Museum Bonn was opened in 1992. The exhibits are mainly of contemporary and recent art works.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Wednesday till 9.00 p.m.
Admission is EUR 5.00 regular, or 2.50 if you get a concession.
(Free if you have a Bonn Welcome Card.)
This first photo shows a large colorful painting by Katharina Grosse, which by the way is also visible from out on the street through some very dirty windows.
Second photo: An installation called Umgekippte Moebel (tipped-over furniture) by Reiner Ruthenbeck.
Germany's "Federal City"
After our re-unification, Bonn lost the Capital title to Berlin, but there still are many branches of Federal Ministries and Federal agencies residing in the city.
And, of course, Bonn continues to be what it always has been: a nice bourgeois, somewhat sleepy city on the River Rhine, right where it exits the German hills and continues to flow through the Northern European plains towards the North Sea.
Bonn's new landmark, the Post Tower, owned by the German ex-Federal postal service . As far as I know, it's the only real skyscraper in Germany outside of Frankfurt. It was completed after 9/11, maybe that's why it was decided not to have a public viewing platform on the top of it :-( Anyway, I think this is a very good example of what you can expect from these still-monopoly state firms and their attitude towards their owners/customers -- the taxpaying, stamp-buying citizens of Germany. Abandon the monopoly on letters and get some competition in.
"The Rhine downstream"
North of Bonn all the way to the Netherlands and eventually the North Sea, the Rhine flows through flat terrain. This does not mean, however, that it is a boring region. To the contrary: the middle/northern European marsh landscapes have a beauty of their own, and it is here just north of Bonn, that you can get a hint of this. Picture was taken on a gorgeous June evening shortly before sunset.