Bonn is a historically important city in central western Germany, located between the two much larger cities of Cologne and Frankfurt. It may not be the most famous tourist town for Norwegians, but as the former capital of West Germany (until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989), it has a very rich history. Bonn is home to more than 300,000 inhabitants, and is consequently a relatively small city by German standards.
Bonn is one of the largest student cities in Germany, with over 30,000 students. This means that the city has also developed a very good party life, with nightclubs in a row in the downtown area. The city is also the birthplace of the famous composer Beethoven, and consequently has a lot of interesting things to show about that guy, as well as a lot of other attractions and sights.
Recommended hotels in Bonn
- Ameron Bonn Hotel Königshof-Great four star hotel along the banks of the Rhine. High standards, central location and good feedback make this a safe hotel choice in Bonn.
- V-Hotel-Modern guest rooms with a good standard.
- BONNOX Boardinghouse & Hotell–Nice apartment hotel in a relatively central location.
Travel to Bonn
In summer, Bonn is a relatively warm city, but temperatures reminiscent of the Norwegian summer, and this is in other words the best season for a trip here. There are no direct flights from Oslo Airport, but Bonn is a 30-minute drive from Frankfurt International Airport, which can be reached both directly and cheaply by plane. The official currency in Bonn and Germany in general is the euro, and one euro corresponds to just over eight Norwegian kroner.
Overnight and eat in Bonn
Accommodation in Bonn is rarely a problem, with close to 100 hotels in and around the city center. Bonn is also a relatively cramped and intimate city in terms of area, so it is almost difficult to live centrally here. But most tourists will want to live centrally in the center, so you can walk to all of the nightclubs, restaurants and sights. Most of the tourist attractions are located right in the center of the city – as are the more than 500 nightclubs, pubs and inns.
As the whole of Germany’s student city, there is a lot of focus on cheap and simple food in Bonn, at the same time as a number of fast food chains can be found here. But there is also no shortage of more luxurious restaurants, which are often adjacent to the more expensive hotels. In general, you can say that if you are in the city center, you should not go far to find a restaurant that serves the food you want.
Attractions in Bonn
Bonn is a historically important city with sights that are almost a thousand years old, as well as rich museums and art exhibitions for those who may be interested in it.
Learn all about Ludwig van Beethoven
You can not travel to Bonn without exploring the history of the world-famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven. He was born and raised in Bonn, and the whole city is proud of his belonging to the city. If you are really lucky, you will visit the city during the annual Beethoven festival, and if not there are more museums and exhibitions where you can learn more about his history.
The marketplace in Bonn
The marketplace in Bonn has for many years been the central hub for all trade in Bonn. Today, the marketplace (Marktplatz) is a point of sale with many antiques and locally produced products, and for many more a sight than a trading place. Still, it is very exciting to see here, and in the immediate vicinity you also have most of the sights in the city.
University of Bonn
One of the most attractive sights in Bonn is actually the university. Since it was built in 1818, it has played an important role for the city, until in modern times it has been used as a university. There is also a beautiful park in the area, and you can easily get jealous of the students who get to spend their school days in such an environment.
If you like to see complex church constructions when you are on a city break, then you will be paralyzed by the church in Bonn. It is built in a baroque style and has a unique “sacred staircase” inside, which has a very rich history that you can learn more about in the church itself.
Museum in Bonn
Bonn is also a great city for museum goers, with varied exhibitions. At Museum Alexander König you can learn all about natural history and human development. The German National Museum of History takes you to important events in human history, and retells it in an interactive and exciting way. Art lovers should visit the Art Museum in Bonn, which is especially good at works of art in German, modern style.