Bonn

Bonn is a pretty university town in the West of Germany. Originally founded by the Romans as a depot for their Agrippan Legion (Castra Bonnensis) Bonn is slightly younger than nearby Cologne, which later became the capital of roman Germany. Like in Cologne, christianisation arrived early in the region, and it is not without logic that the archbishops of Cologne chose Bonn as their residence after falling out with the strong farmer and burgher lobby (Battle of Worringen) in 1288. The residence, which was rebuilt a number of times during the Middle Ages today houses the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhem University.

==== BONN – LOCATION

The region around Bonn includes the idyllic Siegtal valley, the romantic Siebengebirge hills and the wine country along the river Ahr. Situated on the Rhine with the Siebengebirge hills as a backdrop, the city is a short drive from Cologne and Duesseldorf. Part of North Rhineland Westphalia, it is 20 km south of Cologne.

==== BONN – SIGHTSEEING

Museum in Bonn – The Federal Exhibition Hall hosts over 7,000 exhibits ranging from a railway carriage used by the German Chancellor to an original 1950s cinema, pieces of the Berlin Wall and historical exhibits from post-war Germany to present. The Bonn Art Museum is best known for its architecture as well as its extensive collection of 20th century art. The Bonn German Museum is the first museum for contemporary research and technology in Germany. Ground-breaking discoveries by German scientists are on exhibit. August Macke House is the home of artist August Macke (1887-1914), one of the most important exponents of Rhenish Expressionism. This is the only studio Macke ever had and he collaborated with Franz Marc on Paradise here.

Phantasialand – For a fun family outing, head to Phantasialand for a day of fantastic creatures, fun rides and family entertainment.

Rheinaue Leisure Park – With 160 hectares on both sides of the Rhine river, the park has a large network of hiking paths and a lake with a wide variety of watersports. The park has a lot of playgrounds as well as botanical gardens.

The Drachenburg Castle – The Castle Drachenburg is surrounded by the Siebengebirge mountains and houses a museum dedicated to the history of nature conservation in Germany. If you aren’t going further south, make sure you visit this lovely castle.

==== BONN – SHOPPING

Bonn has one of Germany’s largest pedestrian shopping areas with hundreds of shops on the narrow streets and lanes around the marktplatz. precincts. There are hundreds of shops, restaurants and cafes in the narrow streets and lanes around the market. If you want luxury products head out to the wealthy district of Bad Godeberg.

==== BONN – FOOD AND DRINK

An international hub, Bonn is home to hundreds of excellent restaurants ranging from traditional German to Haute Cuisine. For a bit of history go to the Em Hoettche, a historic locale where Beethoven is said to have danced with the local girls. There is a great selection of international cuisine and you can always take one of the Rhine dinner cruises for a romantic night on the river.

==== BONN – GETTING THERE

Bonn is connected to three autobahns and the Deutsche Bahn network. The station Siegburg/Bonn is situated on the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed rail line and serviced by Inter City Express trains. The public transportation system (SWB) is excellent and there are easy train connections from the Cologne Bonn Airport into the city. Driving in the city is fairly easy but like most German cities you really don’t need a car.

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