Sights of Bonn, Germany
According to Liuxers, the German city of Bonn is located on the Rhine in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. With over three hundred thousand inhabitants, we can speak of a medium-sized city. The city of Bonn can best be described as a cultural city, as it has quite a few museums and historical sights. The fact that the world-famous composer Beethoven was born in Bonn on Bonngasse is honored during the much-attended Beethovenfest in September. In terms of architecture, Bonn is an extremely fascinating city. Old palaces such as Kurfürstliches Schloss are unceremoniously alternated with ultra-modern buildings such as those of the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. And the city center of Bonn is ideal for a day of shopping, good food or a stroll along the Rhine. With over thirty different universities, we can also say that the nightlife has more than enough to offer. The variety with a visit to one of the many museums in the city makes it complete for many visitors. In short, the German city of Bonn is a fun and varied destination for young and old.
Bonn ‘s Top 10 Things to Do
#1. Poppelsdorfer Schloss
The current Baroque Poppelsdorfer castle was built on the foundations of a castle that was destroyed around the sixteenth century. The castle and the surrounding garden have been part of the University of Bonn since 1818. There are certainly more than eight thousand different plant species to discover in the botanical garden. There is also a mineralogical collection to admire. In the courtyard of the castle, classical concerts are regularly organized by the Classical Philharmonic of Bonn.
#2. Altes Rathaus
The old town hall, built in Rococo style, is located on the Markt in the center of Bonn. Until 1978 the municipal council was represented here. Today the town hall is used for various ceremonies and special meetings of the city council. And more than once the most beautiful room is used for a wedding. From the many terraces on the Market you have a beautiful view of this characteristic building that is featured in many photos.
#3. Museum Koenig
This natural history museum of the city of Bonn is housed in a very nice building on the Adenauerallee. The museum was founded in 1934 by Alexander Koenig, the son of sugar merchant Leopold Koenig. With the fortune of his father, this zoologist decided to house his amassed collection in his own museum. The complex of the Koenig Museum ultimately consists of several buildings and parks. For example, the former residence of the wealthy Alexander Koenig ‘Villa of Professor King’ is now furnished with the own collected collection of the founder of the Koenig Museum. Next to this villa is the ‘Ornithological Museum’, the Private Museum and next to it the main building.
#4. Bonn Minster
The five pointed towers of the Bonn Minster Church can be seen from different directions in the city. Since the church was built between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, it is considered one of the oldest churches in Germany. The Bonn Minster has therefore received many influential people over the centuries. Today, this symbol of the city of Bonn has somewhat lost its prestige and has been known as a minor basilica since 1956, an honorary title it received from Pope Pius XII. In the Munster are the tombs of martyrs of the patron saints Cassius and Florentius.
The German mathematician Bernhard Korte has used his interesting collection of calculators to make a link between science and art. The Arithmeum, founded by his efforts, is a museum that shows you the beginnings of arithmetic and the first use of tools that aided in mathematical calculations. By means of changing exhibitions, a nice variation is made between science and art, as the founder intended. The building also has a clear open appearance in which the focus is on what matters.
#6. LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn
The Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn takes you about four hundred thousand years back in time. Different historical themes show you a variety of objects and works of art that come from ancient times and extend into the present. You can see a skeleton of a Neanderthal, old coins from 1647, objects from Celtic culture or view art from the 21st century. Enthusiasts can book various tours where one can delve deeper into the subject.
Located on Bonn’s ‘Museum Mile’ is the art and exhibition space, better known as Bundeskunsthalle. Art, culture and science come together in a special way at this place in Bonn. There is also room for socio-political debates, workshops, concerts and exhibition spaces. About 120 artists were consulted for the design and furnishing of the Bundeskunsthalle before the foundation stone was laid in 1989. The final design comes from the Viennese architect Gustav Peichl. It was officially opened in 1992 and since then we can speak of a great success.
#8. Kunstmuseum Bonn
For modern and contemporary art, you can visit the Kunstmuseum Bonn. The concrete complex on Friedrich-Ebert-Allee was opened in 1992. The museum offers one of the largest collections of Rhenish Expressionism. In addition to many German works of art, there are also some foreign artists such as Lucio Fontana, Robert Delaunay and Silvia Bächli.
Directly on the Rhine, a building was erected around the 1930s with the function of a pedagogical academy where teachers were trained. Later, after the Second World War, the building was used as the home of the German ‘Bundestag’. Today, mainly important conferences take place in the Bundeshaus.
#10. Egyptian Museum Bonn
The Egyptian Museum is part of the University of Bonn. The museum has a collection of three thousand objects related to ancient Egypt. The museum is used as a self-study museum for university students. Other visitors can also learn about the culture of the pharaohs here.