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The 7 things to see in Bonn

The lazy river Rhine sets the tone for a visit to Bonn. This relaxed city offers plenty to do throughout the day, while vibrant nightlife means you won't be bored after hours. Don't miss out with our tourism top 7.

  • Museum Koenig

    1. Museum Koenig

    Your sightseeing journey should start with Bonn's impressive museum of natural history. A great spot for animal lovers, enjoy permanent Blue Planet, Savannah and Arctic exhibits.

  • Poppelsdorf Palace

    2. Poppelsdorf Palace

    No German break is complete without a tour of a palace or schloss, and Bonn is no exception. Poppelsdorf offers manicured lawns and concerts in the summer. Parking can be tricky.

  • Rheinisches Museum

    3. Rheinisches Museum

    One of the oldest museums in Germany, this is the place for real relics, including Roman busts and a neanderthal skeleton. Admission is free and the museum is closed Mondays.

  • Kunstmuseum Bonn

    4. Kunstmuseum Bonn

    Focusing on post-war German art and Renish Expressionism, this modern art mecca also offers eclectic short-term exhibitions, so check their site for highlights. Tickets are 7€.

  • Post Tower

    5. Post Tower

    This is the tallest and most iconic modern building in Bonn, designed by Helmut Jahn. It's particularly impressive lit up – located at the corner of Freizeit Park.

  • Beethoven-haus

    6. Beethoven-haus

    Visit the birthplace of Bonn's most famous son, Ludvig van Beethoven. The museum contains instruments belonging to the composer, including his grand piano and many other artifacts.

  • Bonn Minister

    7. Bonn Minister

    Find peace at this, one of Germany's oldest churches. The Romanesque basilica is beautiful from the adjacent square, while inside they welcome visitors, particularly children.

Frequently asked questions about Bonn

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Planning Your Visit

  • Where is Bonn and how to get there?

    Bonn is in the far west of Germany. It's around 30km (half an hour by car or train) from Cologne, making it a great location for a day trip. Bonn is just under 80km from Düsseldorf (one hour by car) or around 150km from Frankfurt. It's around a 600km drive, five-hour train ride or one-hour flight from Berlin.

  • Where is the nearest airport and how do I get there?

    Cologne Bonn Airport is located between Cologne and Bonn - Express City trains run regularly to both.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Spring is a great time for a visit to Bonn, with low rainfall and humidity, mild temperatures and lots of sunlight.

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What people are saying about Bonn

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 514 reviews

A beautiful town.

Beethoven house is a must and so is the botanical garden and the park. Don't do the Beethoven tour if you are thinking about it - the only part of it that's worth your time is the house. The rest of the places that are marked on the tour map are not accessible for tourists and only have a sign saying that Beethoven used to stay here or used to play here for a while. There are other more interesting things to do in Bonn.

It was not fitting that we had to pay our drinks extra in every new location. Suggestion: Offer a carafe of tap water or mineral water in every restaurant, whoever wants something else can order and pay extra. At the early Kölsch there was a little rye and two slices of cheese for two. Suggestion: two rolls would have been appropriate.

Wonderful afternoon in a very funny round

We were a very small group, six of us moved through the southern part of town. We got to know a few fantastic restaurants that I will definitely go to again. There are also some interesting stories about Südstadt. Our guide has a warm and funny way, thanks ahhh what was the name ... Mareike?

Great tour with average food

Tour guide was very kind and had cool stories to tell about the south-city of cologne. Only 4 stars since the food was only an average snack.

So what depends on the guide! Our guide Jana was relaxed, funny and could tell funny! It was fun!