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Bonn
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Bonn

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

Kameha Grand Bonn
Kameha Grand Bonn
5 out of 5
Am Bonner Bogen 1, Bonn, NW
The price is £126 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in Ramersdorf, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Sieben Hills Nature Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Posttower and Museumsmeile. United Nations ...
4.1/5Very Good! (484 reviews)
Nice food, great stay
"Quality is great! Had dinner in next level and sashimi was good."

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2020

Kameha Grand Bonn
Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg
Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg
5 out of 5
Petersberg, Koenigswinter, NW
The price is £146 per night from 16 May to 17 May
Situated in a regional park, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Siebengebirgsmuseum, Sea Life Koenigswinter and Reptilien-Zoo. Drachenburg Palace and ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (219 reviews)
Nice place
"Nice quiet place, nice swimming pool. Perfect for a weekend."

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg
Hilton Bonn
Hilton Bonn
4 out of 5
Berliner Freiheit 2, Bonn
The price is £81 per night from 20 May to 21 May
Located in Old Town Bonn, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kennedy Bridge and Beethoven House. Opera Bonn and Bonn Marketplace are also within 10 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (894 reviews)
Excellent stay
"Lovely stay. Feels very safe with a very robust covid prévention Policy whilst not losing any of the Hilton standards of comfort."

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Hilton Bonn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villa EMG Bonn
Villa EMG Bonn
4 out of 5
Im Pützfeld 10, Bonn
Located in Röttgen, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Rhineland Nature Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of University Hospital Bonn and Telekom Dome. Kreuzberg ...
Villa EMG Bonn
Luxury Apartments Bonn
Luxury Apartments Bonn
3 out of 5
Annaberger Straße 231-233, Bonn, NW
Located in Friesdorf, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Rhineland Nature Park, Museumsmeile and University Hospital Bonn. Godesburg and Deutsches ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Comfortable and met our needs
"The apartment is nice, newly renovated, perfectly clean and comfortable, but not “luxury.” More like staying in a friend’s nice apartment. Service was basically fine with one hiccup. The proprietor called to check in with us for our arrival and made arrangements for us to get the key even when our ..."

Reviewed on 7 Oct 2019

Luxury Apartments Bonn
A&S Ferienwohnungen Roonstraße 7
A&S Ferienwohnungen Roonstraße 7
2.5 out of 5
Roonstraße 7, Bonn
The price is £52 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Located in Villenviertel, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kammerspiele, Godesburg and Rhineland Nature Park. Museumsmeile and Deutsches ...
3.7/5Good! (6 reviews)
Schrecklichste Nacht überhaupt!
"Schrecklichste Nacht überhaupt! Obwohl ich erfolgreich gebucht hatte wurde mir erst bei der Ankunft um 23:30 auf eine unhöfliche Art und Weise gesagt, dass sie keine freien Zimmer mehr haben. Alternativ Lösung war ein Zimmer in einer anderen Wohnung. Mitten in der Nacht würde ich dann von zwei wimfremden ..."

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2019

A&S Ferienwohnungen Roonstraße 7
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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