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Discover the musical and historical heritage of Germany's former capital.

Bonn used to be West Germany's seat of government and important national and international political meetings are still often held here today, even if Berlin has replaced Bonn as the capital of a united Germany. Bonn was originally a university town and, over the years, has been able to maintain a pulsing, young atmosphere that visitors can experience in the many cafés and beer gardens.

Take a tour around the Bonn University, one of the country's important educational institutions. The university can lay claim to many famous former students such as Pope Benedict XVI and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Bonn is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The house where he was born, the Beethoven-Haus, is now a museum in which the composer's belongings are displayed, including various pieces of writing and musical instruments.

Travel to Bonn will also allow you to discover further museums, such as the Kunstmuseum Bonn which holds one of the region's biggest art collections. In the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, on the other hand, you can learn more about the country's history. On a stroll through the south of the town you will discover many buildings from the 19th century. The 17th-century church, the Kreuzbergkirche is a typical example of baroque architecture. Even more of Bonn's varied architecture can be seen in the Bonner Münster, the cathedral in the city centre.

Even if you're only breezing through Bonn on a short trip, in one of the city's bars or pubs you have to try the region's very own "dragon blood" red wine, cultivated in a vineyard on the Petersberg mountain. True to the city's musical heritage, Bonn is not lacking when it comes to the performing arts. Throughout the summer, a great variety of operas and ballet performances are put on in the opera houses, while the city's orchestra offers an entire range of concerts from September onwards. If you're looking for comedy shows and jazz gigs, you will get your money's worth in the city's smaller theatres. If you plan to travel to Bonn in the summer, you might even experience the Beethoven Festival in person.

The city lies on the banks of the River Rhine, south from Cologne. Several picturesque train routes lead from Bonn through the Siebengebirge (Seven Mountains) to other major cities. Bonn's location makes it perfect for short trips to Cologne, Düsseldorf and other areas in the Rhine region.

Where to stay in Bonn

Bonn Minster featuring a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

Old Town

Noted for its shopping and historical sites, there's plenty to explore in Old Town. Top attractions like Beethoven House and Bonn Marketplace are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz Tram Stop or Stadthaus Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Old Town
Bonn Minster

Zentrum

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

Noted for its historical sites and shopping, there's plenty to explore in Zentrum. Top attractions like Beethoven House and Bonn Marketplace are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz Tram Stop or Stadthaus Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Zentrum
Gronau, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Gronau

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

You might enjoy the museums while in Gronau. United Nations is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Heussallee-Museumsmeile U-Bahn or Ollenhauerstrasse Deutsche Telekom U-Bahn to see more of the city.

Gronau
Tannenbusch, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Tannenbusch

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

During your stop in Tannenbusch, check out the shopping, and jump on the metro at Tannenbusch South U-Bahn to see more of the surrounding area.

Tannenbusch
Alt-Godesberg, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Alt-Godesberg

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Alt-Godesberg is a destination travellers like for its restaurants, and you might hop aboard the metro at Bad Godesberg U-Bahn or Plittersdorfer Strasse U-Bahn to explore sights like Godesburg.

Alt-Godesberg
Bonn City Hall

Nordstadt

3.5/5Good!(3 area reviews)

Get to know Nordstadt and its many features like its bars and museums. You might want to explore sights like Old Town Hall and August Macke House, and you can jump on the metro at Bonn West U-Bahn or Propsthof North U-Bahn to get around the city.

Nordstadt

Top hotels in Bonn

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kameha Grand Bonn
Kameha Grand Bonn
5 out of 5
Am Bonner Bogen 1, Bonn, NW
£83
per night
19 Apr-20 Apr

Located in Ramersdorf, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Posttower, Museumsmeile and United Nations. World Conference Center Bonn and Bundeskunsthalle ...

4.2/5Very Good! (441 reviews)
Views of the Rhine

"Very comfortable stay. In addition, my room was upgraded free of charge - Thankyou."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019

Kameha Grand Bonn
Hilton Bonn
Hilton Bonn
4 out of 5
Berliner Freiheit 2, Bonn, NW
£76
per night
1 May-2 May

Located in Zentrum, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kennedy Bridge and Opera Bonn. Beethoven House and Bonn Marketplace are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (859 reviews)

"Hilton is Hilton , nice location ,crew and clean room , super breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2019

Hilton Bonn
Bonn Marriott Hotel
Bonn Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 4, Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia
£82
per night
24 Apr-25 Apr

Located in Gronau, this spa hotel is steps away from World Conference Center Bonn and Old Bundestag. United Nations and Museumsmeile are also within 5 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (279 reviews)

"Big and very clean room. The "window" between bathroom and room is odd though. Some problems with water at the beginning (it was too hot), the staff took care of it later. Everyone very polite."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2019

Bonn Marriott Hotel

Popular things to do in Bonn

Dragon's Rock
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Dragon's Rock

4/5(2 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Koenigswinter when you stop by Dragon's Rock. While you're in the area, stroll along the riverfront.

University of Bonn
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University of Bonn

Take a campus tour or just explore the area of University of Bonn during your travels in Bonn. Take in the museums while you're in the area.

Beethoven House
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Beethoven House

Learn about the life and achievements of Ludwig van Beethoven in the world-famous composer’s birthplace, which houses a museum and memorial site.

Schloss Drachenburg
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Schloss Drachenburg

You can find out about the history of Koenigswinter with a stop at Schloss Drachenburg. Wander around the forests or experience the area's museums.

Beethoven Monument
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Beethoven Monument

Check out a 19th-century bronze statue of Beethoven, one of the city’s favorite sons, when you stroll around the bustling city square of Münsterplatz.

Bonn Minster
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Bonn Minster

See the sky-piercing spires and intriguing courtyard sculptures in one of Germany’s oldest churches, a Romanesque minor basilica in downtown Bonn.

Top activities in Bonn

KölnCard - City Pass
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KölnCard - City Pass

76% of travellers recommend
£8
Per adult
Cologne Pub Crawl Tour with Shots
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Cologne Pub Crawl Tour with Shots

£16
Per adult
Business Lounge at Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN)
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Business Lounge at Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN)

£25
Per adult
Cologne Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
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Cologne Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

90% of travellers recommend
£47
Per adult
Discover Cologne in 60 Minutes with a Local
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Discover Cologne in 60 Minutes with a Local

£18
Per adult
Art and Culture in Cologne with a Local
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Art and Culture in Cologne with a Local

£24
Per adult

Reviews of Bonn

4.3

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Jenni

28 Feb 2020

Good for shopping Good public transport system and very economical Cheaper to access public transport to cologne Bonn airport than taxi service A huge difference if at least €40 Very safe Shops are open until 8pm.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Dec 2019

Excellent Weihnachtsmarkt, Beethovenhaus, compact, good travel links, Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik is unmissable.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Nov 2019

A cute little historic town.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Sep 2019

very surprised how small Bonn is. Trams were fast and efficient, locals were generally helpful and friendly. Hotel staff were excellent.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Sep 2019

No time to see anything other than hotel and office.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Sep 2019

We went by tram and train to koningswinter and Linz then back by boat. This was a good way to see towns and get the boat trip in.

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