Situated in the Bonn/Cologne region, on the river Rhine, and approximately 25 kilometers south of Cologne, Bonn is the nineteenth largest city of Germany. From 1949 to 1990, it was the capital of West Germany and was the official seat of government of unified Germany from 1990 to 1999.
This city is connected with the rest of the country by three autobahns. Bonn has two rail stations. Most of the inter city trains halt at the Bonn Hauptbahnhof whereas the others halt at the Bonn/Siegburg railway station. The Stadtbahn, a type of light rail, provides local transport inclusive of two lines to Cologne. Tourists can also reach Bonn via its airport, the Cologne Bonn Airport.
Music enthusiasts will recall that Bonn is the birthplace of the famous composer & pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven.
Bonn Tourist Attractions:
Beethovenhaus: Visiting Bonn and not visiting the house where Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most famous composers and piano maestro, was born, is one of the biggest crimes that a tourist might commit. The virtuoso might no longer be alive, but his spirit is still alive in the form of his compositions. His house, converted into a museum, is where tourists can find out little known facts about this musical genius. Check out the museum and the library or listen to digitized archives of his compositions. Tourists can also purchase his recordings from a shop on location.
The Bonn Minster: Constructed roughly between the eleventh and the thirteenth century, the Bonn Minster is arguably one of the oldest churches in Germany. During a certain period, this church served as the Archbishop of Cologne’s cathedral.
Bonn Municipal Art Museum: Established in 1947, this museum permits tourists glimpses on Rhenish and post war German art.
The Zoological Research Museum and Alexander Koenig Museum: It is undoubtedly one of the biggest natural history museums of the world. Lovers of wildlife should not miss viewing this museum, which is known locally as Zoologisches Forschungsinstitut und Museum Alexander Koenig.
The Hofgarten: This garden is situated to the southeast of the main building of the University of Bonn. It is one of the most popular of recreational areas of the city and is always full of people who come here to enjoy and while away their time.
Beethovenfest: Lovers of music will no doubt be thrilled to enjoy the Beethoven music festival, which takes place in Bonn every year during the autumn season. Bonn, being the birthplace of this musical genius, celebrates this festival with great pomp. Famous musicians and soloists from all over the world are invited to this festival, where they rub shoulders with promising young performers.
Visitors will be interested in the fact that this festival, known locally as Beethovenfest, initiated during the year 1845 when a 3-day music festival was held to dedicate the Beethoven monument. That event took place on the composer’s 75th birthday. Apart from music, this festival also permits participants to promote novel ways to confront the composer and his musical magic.