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Discover the musical and historic heritage of this former capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Bonn is the former administrative seat of West Germany and continues to host important events related to national and international politics, despite having been replaced by Berlin as unified Germany’s capital. The city was originally a college town and continues to maintain a vibrant youth culture. Visitors can experience that at Bonn’s many cafes and beer gardens.

Tour the University of Bonn, which is an important educational institution in the country. The college has a number of famous alumni, including Pope Benedict XVI and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Bonn is perhaps most well-known as the birthplace of the renowned composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born in Beethoven-Haus. The house is now a museum where visitors can see some of the composer’s possessions, including a number of his writings and musical instruments.

The city contains several other museums, such as the Kunstmuseum Bonn, which displays one of the largest art collections in the area. Learn about German history at the Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Wander through the city’s southern Südstadt district, where you will see 19th-century buildings. Explore the 17th-century church, Kreuzbergkirche, which showcases Baroque architecture. The Das Bonner Münster basilica, located in downtown Bonn, is another example of the city’s diverse architecture.

Try the area’s unique red wine known as “Dragon’s Blood,” which is produced in the region’s mountains. You will find the wine in a number of pubs and cafes throughout the city. Bonn has a large performing arts schedule, carrying on its musical history. Opera houses put on ballets and operas throughout the summer, while the city’s orchestra performs a number of concerts, beginning in September. Head to the city’s smaller theaters for comedy shows and jazz gigs. If you are in the area in summer, you might catch Beethovenfest Bonn.

The city is located on the Rhine River, south of Cologne. Several picturesque train routes from the city travel to other major cities past the Siebengebirge Mountains. Bonn’s location makes it a practical area for day trips to Cologne, Düsseldorf and other areas in the Rhine region.

Where to stay in Bonn

Motel One Bonn-Beethoven
Motel One Bonn-Beethoven
Berliner Freiheit 36/36a, Bonn
The price is CA $115 per night from May 20 to May 20
Located in Old Town Bonn, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Opera Bonn and Beethoven House. Bonn Marketplace and Bonn City Museum are also within 5 minutes. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (65 reviews)
"Clean modern but small rooms"

Reviewed on Aug. 28, 2020

Motel One Bonn-Beethoven
Hilton Bonn
Hilton Bonn
4 out of 5
Berliner Freiheit 2, Bonn
The price is CA $134 per night from Jun 11 to Jun 11
Located in Old Town Bonn, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kennedy Bridge and Beethoven House. Opera Bonn and Bonn Marketplace are also within 10 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (895 reviews)
Excellent stay
"Lovely stay. Feels very safe with a very robust covid prévention Policy whilst not losing any of the Hilton standards of comfort."

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2020

Hilton Bonn
Kameha Grand Bonn
Kameha Grand Bonn
5 out of 5
Am Bonner Bogen 1, Bonn, NW
The price is CA $196 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 7
Located in Ramersdorf, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Sieben Hills Nature Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Posttower and Museumsmeile. United Nations ...
4.1/5Very Good! (484 reviews)
Nice food, great stay
"Quality is great! Had dinner in next level and sashimi was good."

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2020

Kameha Grand Bonn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Villa EMG Bonn
Villa EMG Bonn
4 out of 5
Im Pützfeld 10, Bonn
Located in Röttgen, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Rhineland Nature Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of University Hospital Bonn and Telekom Dome. Kreuzberg Church ...
Villa EMG Bonn
Finest - Hotel Suiten Bonn
Finest - Hotel Suiten Bonn
Friesdorferstr. 8, Bonn
The price is CA $182 per night from May 20 to May 20
Located in Alt-Godesberg, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kammerspiele and Godesburg. Rhineland Nature Park and Museumsmeile are also within 1 mi ...
3/5 (5 reviews)
Room was great, service could be better
"Facility was in a great location, and the room was excellent. The check in process was informal, may not have been a regular employee; we got the keys fine, but no wifi password. Later we also found the room had no soap. Checking out was a mystery, the hotel lobby was locked. We ended up dropping ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

Finest - Hotel Suiten Bonn
A&S Ferienwohnungen Roonstraße 7
A&S Ferienwohnungen Roonstraße 7
2.5 out of 5
Roonstraße 7, Bonn
The price is CA $78 per night from May 21 to May 21
Located in Villenviertel, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kammerspiele, Godesburg, and Rhineland Nature Park. Museumsmeile and Deutsches ...
3.7/5Good! (6 reviews)
Schrecklichste Nacht überhaupt!
"Schrecklichste Nacht überhaupt! Obwohl ich erfolgreich gebucht hatte wurde mir erst bei der Ankunft um 23:30 auf eine unhöfliche Art und Weise gesagt, dass sie keine freien Zimmer mehr haben. Alternativ Lösung war ein Zimmer in einer anderen Wohnung. Mitten in der Nacht würde ich dann von zwei wimfremden ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2019

A&S Ferienwohnungen Roonstraße 7
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Jan 26, 2019

Small city that is very quiet in the evenings but has many good dining options and markets to visit. Would recommend for a couple of days if visiting the surrounding area (ex. Cologne).

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