Bonn is an atmospheric city straddling the Rhine river with a backdrop of the Siebengebirge hill range. Being the former capital of West Germany and also the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven has put this city on the world map.
The city celebrates a unique union of history and music that you can experience at the Beethoven House, a memorial site and museum dedicated to one of Bonn’s most notable residents. You can surround yourself with classical melodies and stirring performances at iconic venues, such as the Schauspielhaus Bad Godesberg, Opera Bonn and Haus der Springmaus theatre.
You’ll find the city dotted with prominent monuments and buildings, representing its historical legacy. On your trip to Bonn, make your way to Bonn Minster – one of the oldest churches in Germany – to get a closer look at fine Romanesque-style architecture. Walk a few metres and you’ll reach the rococo-style Old Town Hall Bonn dominating the Bonner Marktplatz. You can also explore The Bundeshaus, a former parliament building.
The historical, natural and artistic heritage of Bonn is safeguarded in different museums. You can time-travel into the ancient world with a visit to the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, packed with archaeological exhibits, or learn about contemporary German history at Haus der Geschichte. To delve deeper into natural history, visit the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig or trace the life and legacy of August Macke, a famous expressionist painter, at August Macke House.