Bonn, Germany

Bonn was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany (previously, West Germany) and lies on the river Rhine some 20 km south of Cologne. Bonn is probably best known as Beethoven's birth place.

The city centre itself is not very big and you are able to reach the different attractions there by foot. Attractions include some beautiful baroque churches, museums and galleries. Beethoven Haus is well worth a visit. The museum is dedicated to the life and work of the famous composer. Visitors will also enjoy the romantic charm of Bonn's Old Town (visit the Marketplatz for shopping) and the grandeur of the baroque Kreuzberg Church. From the Old Customhouse (Alter Zoll) you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Rhine Valley and the Siebengebirge mountain chain.

Things to See and Do

* Beethoven Haus
* Godesburg Fortress ruins
* Museum Mile
* Hofgarten (Court Garden)
* Kurfürstliches Schloss (Electoral Prince's Castle)

General Information

Cruise Season – March to Dec
Currency – Euro (€) (EUR)
Language – German
Land Area – 141.22 km²
Population – 325,000 approx.
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 49

Port Location – The river port at Bonn is located approximately 1km from the city centre on the Rhine River.

Travel Links - The closest airport to Bonn is the Cologne-Bonn airport. the airport has become the hub for a few low-cost air carriers such as Germanwings and TUIfly.

The train route from Bonn Hauptbahnhof to Frankfurt is especially beautiful as it runs along the Rhine and you will see many old towns and castles on the way. It takes about 2 hours. If you are in a hurry, however, better take the fast train (ICE) from Siegburg as it takes only 50 minutes to Frankfurt.