Welcome to Bonn, one of the most magical cities in Europe. The settlement has had a very interesting history…one that most towns around the world will never experience. It was once the capital of Germany’s western nation, but after the country united again two decades ago, it lost this title to Berlin. Nevertheless, this biggish small city is one for the ages.
Tourists flock to Bonn by the millions every year, even though it is usually overshadowed by the larger destinations of Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt. This certainly doesn’t show when visiting the city though, as hundreds of Bonn hotels are spread across the cityscape. The airport serving the city is shared with Cologne, another town 20kms away. The hauptbahnhoff (or central train station) is another busy transportation centre in the city, with connections to towns all over Europe.
Bonn is filled with amazing highlights, some of which are naturally made, while others are part of the built environment. Of course, like most cities in Germany, Bonn is home to a number of interesting churches. Some of these are actually national treasures that have stood the test of time over the last couple of centuries. Probably the most fascinating church within the city is the Bonn Minster. This gorgeous religious structure is a landmark within the town, standing some 81 metres in height. Its height mainly comes from the steeples on either side of the front entrance. Another magnificent church structure in the town is the double church of Schwarzrheindorf, which was built in 1151. It is one of the oldest churches in Germany, and provides visitors with a wonderful insight into the double church. Finally, another excellent church to visit would have to be the Kreuzbergkirche, which has stood since 1627.
If churches of Bonn have been seen, then move on to the next marvel…there are plenty to go around! Why not have a look at the beautiful fortress in Godesburg district. Even though it is mostly ruins now, the castle fortress is still an inspiring site to see. With a restaurant to boot, the fortress has to be one of the best places for tourists in the region. However, when it comes to palaces, Bonn also boasts one that is still in use today…albeit it not for residential purposes. The palace was once the home of the Archbishop of Cologne, but has since become the main building for the local university. Next to the former palace is a large park known as the Hofgarten. It is home to a green space and gardens, perfect for an afternoon picnic.
When it comes to modern marvels, Bonn does have some worth visiting. The first one, which is usually filled with music lovers, is the Beethovenhalle, which is the large convention centre serving the town. Another popular building worth taking a look at is the Post Tower, which is the tallest structure in the Cologne region.
Fortunately for travellers, Bonn is also home to many exciting and informative museums. Some of these are also part of the architectural sites of the city, but are most renowned for what they hold inside. The Beethoven Haus is the birthplace of the famous composer, and has been turned into a small museum. Despite its size, it certainly does punch well above its weight in regards to tourism, as many travellers come from all over the world to see this museum. Another of the amazing museums in the city is the Rhine Regional Museum, which houses some magnificent displays regarding the history of the entire Rhine region. It is also one of the oldest museums in the nation of Germany.
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