Bonn City Breaks
Bonn city breaks are popular with those looking for a relaxing getaway. The former German capital is a city with a history dating back more than 2,000 years. Set on the banks of the Rhine and romantically known as 'The Beethoven City', Bonn is blessed with numerous historic sites, including the strawberry coloured Rathaus (Town Hall) and 'Godesburg Fortress'.
Everyone thinks of Bonn when talking about cultural music. The city's favourite son, Beethoven, was born here in 1770 and has since been an ambassador for Bonn's culture and artistic prowess. Today, it is a university city and a cultural centre with many concerts and exhibitions. The area around Bonn has many wine bars along the Rhine where you can enjoy the views of the 'Siebengebirge' hills where the famous Riesling wines are produced, making this a relaxing break from the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the nearby Dusseldorf.
- Flight time from London: 1 hour 25 min
- Cologne Bonn Airport: 22km from the city centre; transfer time about 25 min
- Nearest railway station: Bonn Hauptbahnhof
- Currency: Euro
Beethoven was born here in 1770. Many of Beethoven's personal possessions are displayed in the house, including manuscripts and musical instruments. In the Vienna Room, at the front of the house, overlooking the street, visitors can see Beethoven's last piano.
Stroll along the Romantic Rhine and through the Old Town to see Bonn's many historic sights such as the strawberry-coloured Town Hall, Minster Basilica and Beethoven Monument.
Bonn's main attraction for art and culture lovers from all over the world with more than 1 million visitors per year.
Haus der Geschichte
This museum presents Germany's contemporary history.
Bonn Art Museum
Collections of internationally recognised representatives of German Art since 1945.
Art and Exhibition Hall
Venue for temporary exhibitions with an emphasis on national and international cultural developments.
German Museum Bonn
Exhibition of milestones of German research of the last 50 years.
The Bonn Symphony Orchestra performs in Beethovenhalle (Wachsbleiche 16) between September and June, with occasional free concerts given on Sunday mornings. Chamber music is sometimes presented within the small but charming concert hall of the Beethoven House. The Beethoven Festival, a rekindling of both the nostalgia and the music associated with Bonn's greatest musical genius, takes place in late August and September.
Bonn is renowned as a compact shopping city with one of Germany's largest pedestrian areas:
There are hundreds of little shops in the narrow lanes that lead off Market Square. The square itself is lined with bars, cafés and restaurants, with the beautiful Town Hall as an impressive backdrop.
Visit the wealthy Bad Godesberg district where you will find numerous elegant shops in the heart of the old quarter.
Brauhaus Bönnsch, Sterntorbrücke 4
This vibrant brewery pub is one of the most popular venues in the Beethoven city, serving traditional regional food and homemade beers.
Bonner Brasserie Remigiusplatz 5
This restaurant is a bustling place throughout the day. From the breakfast crowd to business lunchers, shoppers enjoy coffee and cake in the afternoon, and revellers enjoy a cocktail in the evening.
Em Höttche, Marktplatz 5
This traditional inn enjoys a long and colourful history, going all the way back to 1389 and serves hearty, regional cuisine and the famous Rhineland beer 'Kölsch'.