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Bonn Things to Do

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  • Beethoven House

    4 out of 5 stars

    Beethoven was born in a small room at the back of this house in 1770. The front part, at that time, was a pub called Im Mohren, which is why that is written across the front of the building. The twelve rooms of the original house are now a museum about Beethoven's life and times. Off to one side there is also a new building which houses a computer...

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  • Bonner Munster

    Bonn's most imposing church is also one of Germany's oldest. It was originally dedicated to St. Cassius and St. Florentius, two soldiers in the Theben legion, legendary soldiers of Rome who martyred themselves en masse. According to the legend they were beheaded where Bonn Minster now stands. Their heads lie as giant statues in front of the church,...

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  • Altes Rathaus - Old City Hall

    This is the old city hall on the market place (Markt). It was built in 1737/38, badly damaged by bombs on October 18, 1944, and reconstructed in its original form in 1949/1950. Second photo: A painting by Carl Nunn (1876-1949) showing the Market Square and old city hall in Bonn as they looked after the wartime destruction in 1944. This painting...

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  • University

    Bonn is a university city, and the students of Bonn University make up a tenth of the population. Founded in 1818, the university is one of the most esteemed in the world. It has produced such luminaries as the current Vatican incumbent, Pope Benedict XVI, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and seven Nobel Laureates. The main part of the university is...

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  • Poppelsdorf Castle

    These two buildings share one garden where rise different plants and flowers. In the castle take place classical concerts from time to time and is one of the most beautiful buildings in Bonn. A long alley starts from the Castle and reaches the University of Bonn.

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  • Beethoven Monument

    This amazing concrete sculpture is the work of Klaus Kammerichs and was unveiled in 1986. The sculpture is called Beethon and from a distance appears to be Beethovens face but the light casts artistic shadows on the sculpture making it a photographers dream.

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  • Beethoven danced here

    This pub right next to the old city hall was originally built in 1389, and served its purpose until October 18, 1944, when it was more or less totally demolished by bombing. From the pictures in the City Museum seems that after the bombing only a bit of the front wall was left standing. It was rebuilt, however, it what I assume is the original...

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  • Klein Bon(n)um

    Top quality pub grub in a wonky, wood panelled bar that's smoke and smell free. It's a little out of the centre, but very popular with the locals. And that's probably its only down side, is that the locals seem to get preferential treatment. But not by much. The food is great, and the menu has original items and great variety. Everything from...

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  • Ice-creame café

    It seems a regular ice-cream café and possibly it is but for me was a little amazing place where I tried few types of ice-cream. The owner was behind the counter and I told her that I want an ice-cream so much but I have problems with my throat. Just at the second she told me that in this case I should eat lemon ice-cream. I tried lime and lemon...

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Bonn Nightlife

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  • Where Your Roof Are The Trees Leaves

    When I was rolling along the Rhinebank promenade I was always wondering what's the giggling up there up on and behind the wall -- now I found out! Bonn has quite a long riverside on both Rhine banks so there is a fair number of beer gardens catering for the thirsts of walkers, cyclists and rollerbladers. This one is a bit different as it is the...

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  • Student's nightlife in Bonn

    Bonn features a large number of pubs. Generally Bonn nightlife is located outside city centre. In the center you find your daytime-pubs.In the following, I will name just few for you to check out, for example, there is the Pendel (Vivatsgasse 2a, pedestrian precinct), the Cartoon (Kasernenstr. 16), as well as the Giacomo (opposite C&A). Close to...

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  • Deserves A Full Blown VT-Boycot

    This upscale and much too popular place has the most outstandingly worst service anywhere. When we wanted to sit down outside with our VT-group and asked where we could do so, we were told not to sit anywhere unless we wished to get no service at all. Consequently, we moved next door where at least we were served. An embarrassment to the trade and...

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Bonn Transportation

  • 280 km per hour by ICE

    The fastest (but only the second best) way to get from Frankfurt to Bonn is to take the new high-speed InterCityExpress (ICE) railway line Frankfurt-Cologne, making sure you get a train that stops at Siegburg. There you have to change to the streetcar # 66 (which for some sort of crass commercial reasons has recently been dubbed the Telekom...

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  • Scenic route along the Rhine

    The best and most relaxing way to get from Frankfurt to Bonn is to take the train along the traditional Rhine Valley route via Mainz and Koblenz.This takes 23 minutes longer than the new high speed route (1 hour 58 minutes instead of 1 hour 35 minutes), but the scenery is much better and you don't have the hassle of changing trains. And it is...

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  • Cologne/Bonn Airport

    Bonn has its own airport, the Cologne/Bonn airport. But there are many nearby airports that are very accessible too, so it's worth shopping around for the best deal. Dusseldorf also has a major international airport, with destinations on four continents, and you can be in Bonn in about an hour from there. Less accessible is Weeze Airport, popular...

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Bonn Shopping

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  • Wine

    Win introduced the group to the 3 types of Riesling, a very sweet, medium dry & dry.The Rieslings are all naturally fruity wines but unfortunately the German's keep the best of the crops for themselves and therefore people think of the ghastly "blue nun" wine when they think of German wine.I tried all 3 of the Riesling catergory's and I enjoyed the...

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  • Shop along!

    Bonn is a delight to shop in. There is a good pedestrian area and shops are close together. According to Win, they are also often cheaper than in nearby Cologne. The personal favourites so far include the huge Puppenkönig toyshop in Gangolfstrasse as well as several clothes and gift shops.

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  • Horses for Courses

    Although we did not actually go into the shop, Donna was quite drawn to the horse which lives outside. If you stand staring at it long enough I can swear it moves - Donna decided to take a closer look. Horse stuff naturally

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Bonn Local Customs

  • VirtualTourist meeting in Bonn

    In June 2012 we had a pleasant little VirtualTourist meeting at the Brauhaus Bönnsch in Bonn.The people in the first photo are, from left to right: ettiewyn (Mirjam), CatherineReichardt (Cathy), Cathy’s son, TomInGermany (Tom R), brendareed (Brenda) and me. Second photo: The same people in the same order, except that Cathy’s daughter Alexandra is...

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  • The book cabin

    I don’t know if it is something normal for Germany but this is the first time I have seen such thing – a glass cabin full with books. It was unlocked and people have the chance to take a book, read it and then turn it back. Just like a public library but without having a member card. And it was standing there, untouched of the vandals, something...

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  • Cheeky bum

    Beneath the Kennedy Bridge, on the Bonn side, you will find Et Bröckemännchen. In plain German, that's the Brückemännchen and it is a peculiar sight. The Rhine had no crossing here between Roman days and the arrival of the Prussians. The latter started to build a bridge here in the 19th century but only the city of Bonn paid for it, not the town of...

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Bonn Warnings and Dangers

  • Guidance on photography in churches:...

    Visiting churches is one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Europe, and provides a fascinating insight into the most powerful influencethat has shaped European cultures of the past couple of millenia.Unlike some other religions - where access to places of worship may be restricted to members of that religious group or a specific gender - the...

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  • Safe

    Bonn felt very safe, especially the city centre. Nortstadt, once popular with the working class, feels a bit rough and there are a few drunks that hang about the cheap boozers, but it's not threatening.

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  • Be Careful around the "Hole"

    "Dat Bonner Loch" -- The Bonn Hole -- this is the nickname for the underpass of the Central Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof). Bonn is generally speaking a very safe city, and "The Hole" is the only spot where you should be cautious. Railway stations always attract a lot of riff-raff, and sadly they all seem to gather around this underpass, especially...

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Bonn Tourist Traps

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    by mauro_pd Updated Jan 29, 2004

    Hangin around in a not so warm day we decided to look for the absolute standard in Germany: coffee & cakes.
    Without any success for half an hour we simply asked somebody along the street ... and they told us

    The entrance

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Bonn What to Pack

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    by Leipzig Updated Aug 18, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: There is no special rainy season

    Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 10 – 19°C ( 50 - 66°F ); min: 1 - 7°C ( 34 – 45°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 22°C ( 70 - 71F ); min: 11 - 12°C ( 51 - 53°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 8 – 19°C ( 47 - 66°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )
    Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 5 – 6°C ( 41 - 43°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )

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Bonn Off The Beaten Path

  • The nearest town of Koningswinter

    It is a small German town-resort and it’s like a part of Bonn. I visited it because of Drachenburg Castle but I know that the area is also very interesting – the mountain Drachenfels, some caves. It is also possible to visit here in the Siebengebirge, which is one of the oldest wildlife parks in Germany. We took a long walk along the river where...

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  • Drachenburg Castle

    The Castle was built at the end of 19 – th century by a rich baron but he has never lived there. The area is beautiful and there is a great view to Rheine and Bonn. There is a restaurant where could be organized weddings and also a museum shop. The entrance fee is 6 EUR and it works up to 6pm. It is located in the town of Koningswinter

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  • Bonn Beer Fair

    A celebration of fine brewery is held in Bonn at the Beer Fair (Bierboerse) from July 22 to 24. Fireworks and approximately 200,000 visitors contribute to make this one of Germany's favourite beer festivals. Major breweries offer hundreds of beers for sale, alongside smaller international brewers who give out samples to visitors. Numerous beers...

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  • La traviata

    I have seen several different productions of Verdi's La traviata in recent years, including a traditional one in Hamburg, a despairing interpretation in Darmstadt and an amateurish but fun version at Weikersheim.My favorite is still the classic Axel Corti staging at the Frankfurt Opera, in which Violetta dies not in her bed but on the floor of the...

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  • Rhine River around Ramersdorf

    On our VT meet after visiting the Rest. Rohmuehle we also took a walk along the Rhine river. In the vicinity we saw an old water tower. On the Rhine there were freight ships passing. On a warm day you could easily take a seat and watch the world go by. On our meeting it wasn't that warm although it was supposed to be summer!

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  • Crowded city

    Well I do not claim the authenticity of my conclusion but this was my experience. I found Bonn very very crowded, it was infact difficult to move along the roads. It may be that I was there one month before Christmas, but to me it did not look like crowded with tourists. I actually thought it was a very crowded city compared to all other cities...

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