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Bonn was the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany (previously, West Germany) and lies on the river Rhine some 20 km south of Cologne. The city remains a popular choice for large-scale exhibitions and conferences. Bonn is best known culturally as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. Population 315,000.

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Bonn's beginning dates to between 13 - 9 BC when Romans began building roads, bridges, and fortresses at a location known as "Bonna". One well documented event was the maryrdom of two Thebaean legionaries. The Thebaean Legion was an all Christian legion, which refused to worship the emperor as a god. As punishment the Thebaean Legion's commander, Mauritius was executed in St. Moritz as were many other Thebaean legionaries including Cassius and Florentius, Bonn's patron saints, who were martyred at the location of the present-day Münster basilica.

After the Romans left the town had a very tumultuous history. Bonn has been destroyed and pummeled on so many occasions that it nearly became a pastime. Norman invaders were the first to burn the town to the ground in 881 and again in 892. In 1198 King Philip of Swabia and Duke Heinrich von Brabant layed siege to Bonn. In 1244 Konrad von Hochstaden, archbishop of Cologne ordered Bonn to be fortified. The reasons for fortrification may have been for the Archbishop's protection as he had apparently begun fighting with Cologne's leaders and often resided in Bonn after the dispute. In 1288 under Sigfried II von Westerburg the archbishopric was transferred from Cologne to Bonn, which has since been transfered back to Cologne.

In 1582 Archbishop Gebhard Truchsess von Waldburg converted to Calvinism and refused to give up his position as elector. In February of 1583 Waldburg married and was in April of the same year excommunicated by Pope Gregory XIII. After the Truschessian War Gebhard fled to Strassbourg, but not before Bonn felt the rapture of Bavarian troops, who blew up the Godesberg (the archbishop's residence) with 1,500 pounds of gun powder. While the town survived the Thirty Years war Bonn was completely destroyed in 1689 as a result of the War of the Grand Alliance.

In December 1770 Bonn's most famous son, Ludwig van Beethoven, was born on Bonngasse. Bonn is probably best known as Beethoven's birth place and this fact is well advertised by the city despite Beethoven's vehement disgust towards his hometown. Beethoven spent some time in Vienna hoping to study with Mozart, but after his mother's death he was forced to return to Bonn for five years to raise his two younger brothers since his alcoholic father was unable to. In 1792 Beethoven returned to Vienna never to have returned to Bonn. 

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Local Attractions:

  • Das Bonner Münster, Gerhard-von-Are Straße 5 +49 (0)228 / 98 588 - 0 (pfarrbuero@bonner-muenster.de). Hours: Church: 7:00 - 19:00. Cloister: 9:00 - 17:00. A beautiful basilica, in Bonn's city center. Only Bonn Information or the Bonner Münster Foundation are permitted to arrange guided tours to the basilica. The "Bonn Information" organization can arrange for non-German tours.
  • Kreuzbergkirche, Stationsweg 21 (info@kreuzberg-bonn.de). In summer: 09:00 AM 18:00 PM. In winter: 09:00 AM 17:00 PM. Visit of the Holy Staircase: 09:00 AM 17:00 PM. The church is a beautiful example of baroque architecture. Today, the church serves as both a church and a German language and culture school, but is probably best known for the "Heiliger Steige". The church was erected in 1627/1628 on the orders of the archbishop to replace an older chapel. In 1746 Elector Clemens August von Bavarian donated the "Heiliger Steige", or holy staircase, which, according to legend has pieces of the cross the crucified Jesus set into the stone. Small brass crosses on the second, eleventh, and last steps mark the spots where the pieces of the cross are supposed to be set.
  • Deutsche Welle World Headquarters and Radio, Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3 +49/(0)228/ 429-2538 (visitor.service@dw-world.de, fax: +49/(0)228/ 429-2040). Tours leave Mon. - Fri. at: 10:00 & 14:00. Deutsche Welle (Also known simply as DW) is Germany's international media outlet and is now housed in what was supposed to be the German parliment's home. After the German government decided to move the building was taken over by DW to become its world headquarters and home to its radio operations. Tours are conducted in German, however, tours can be conducted in English, French, Spanish, or Portugese when requested in advance. DW asks that anyone wishing to take a tour reserve at least two months in advance and may require you to be with a group of 6 - 20 persons, however, they may arrange an exception if contacted. Tours last an average of two hours. Tours are free. 
The former capital:
  • Palais Schaumburg, Adenauerallee 139/141. Until 2001 the was used to house the office of Germany's chancellor and the chancellor's cabinet. Today, the building is used as a secondary headquarters for the chancellor.  edit 
  • Villa Hammerschmidt, Adenauerallee 135. Between 1951 - 1994 the Villa Hammerschmidt served as the residence of the German President, however, since the relocation of the German government to Berlin the building serves as a secondary residence for the president.
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Museums and Galleries:

  • Beethoven-Haus, Bonngasse 18-26 (Take trams (62 or 66) or buses to Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz / Beethoven-Haus), +49 228-98175-0 (info@beethoven-haus-bonn.de, fax: +49 228 98175-26). April 1 - October 31: Mon. - Sat.: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sundays & holidays: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. November 1 - March 31: Mon. - Sat.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays & holidays: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed New Year's Day, Carnival-Thursday, the Monday preceding Ash Wednesday, Carnival-Tuesday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and from 24 to 26 December, New Year's eve. The birthplace of the great composer is now a museum dedicated to his life and work. The museum even has a lock of Beethoven's hair on display. Somewhat ironically Bonn advertises their hometown son despite Beethoven's vehment hatred for his hometown. With a competent docent this museum is well worth the visit and is more interesting than Mozart's Geburthaus in Salzburg.
  • August Macke Haus, Bornheimer Straße 96 (U-Bahn stop: Bonn West),  +49 (0)228 / 65 55 31 (buero@august-macke-haus.de, fax: 49 (0)228 / 69 15 50. Hours: Tues - Fri. 2:30 - 6:00 pm. Sa, Sun, & holidays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. August Macke a leading member of Der Blaue Reiter, a famous expressionist group, lived in this house with his wife, Elizabeth, for a few years and produced over 400 works in the top floor studio. Admission (regular/reduced): Adults: €3.50 / €2.50, Children: €2.50/ €1.50.
  • Haus der Geschichte, Willy-Brandt-Allee 14 +49 (0)228 / 91 65-0 (post@hdg.de, fax: +49 (0)228 / 91 65-302),. Tue - Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Closed on December 23, 24, and 31. The museum is open with limited hours during the Christmas season. A interesting explanation of German history. Exhibitions are presented in German only, but guidebooklets with English translations are available for a couple Euros, and guided tours for school groups conducted in english are available free of charge when prebooked. Free admission for individuals. Tour groups with a guide €35.
  • Kunstmuseum Bonn, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2 (Museumsmeile. U-Bahn stop: Heussallee. Bus 610 will also stop at Heussallee) +49 (0)228 / 776260. Tues. Sun.: 11am - 6 pm, Wed.: 11am - 9 pm. Closed on Mondays; Februrary 23 and 27, December 24, 25, and 31. Admission: Adults: €3. Students, Children (over 6), and Bonn-Card holders: €1.50. Family ticket: €6.
  • Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4,  +49 (0)228 / 9171-0.
  • Deutsches Museum Bonn, Ahrstraße 45 (U-Bahn stop: Hochkreuz/Deutsches Museum Bonn) +49 (0)228 / 302-255 (info@deutsches-museum-bonn.de, fax: +49 (0)228 / 302-254). Tues. - Sun.: 10 - 18. Closed Mondays; Thursday before Fat Tuesday; Fat Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday); Good Friday; May 1; December 24, 25, and 31.. Admission: Regular: €4, Children (6 years+): €2.50, Family ticket: €7. 
  • Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Adenauerallee 160 +49 (0)228 / 9122 211 (info.zfmk@uni-bonn.de, fax: +49 (0)228 / 9122 212). Hours: Tue., Thurs. - Sun.: 10:00 - 18. Wed.: 10.00 - 21. Closed most Mondays (except on legal holidays); Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve. Zoological museum. Admission: Regular: € 3, Discounter (Seniors, students): €1.50. 
  • Aegyptisches Museum, Regina-Pacis-Weg 7 (University of Bonn. U-Bahn stop: Universität / Markt) +49 (0)228 / 739710 (aegyptisches-museum@uni-bonn.de, fax: +49 (0)228 / 737360). Hours: Tues. - Sun.: Noon - 18. Closed Mondays and holidays. The University of Bonn administered Egyptian Museum. Admission: Adults: €3.50, Students and Children (7 years+): €2.50, Family ticket (2 adults and 3 children): €9.
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Festivals:

  • Beethovenfest +49 /(0)228/ 2010 345 (info@beethovenfest.de, fax: +49 /(0)228/ 2010 333). A month long music festival with numerous concerts held in Bonn and aroung the Siebengebirge region. Many international musicians are showcased during the festival.
  • Rhein in Flammen
  • Pützchens Markt
  • R(h)einKultur, one of the biggest open-air festivals, entrance free edit 
Music & Theatre:
  • Bonner Kammerchor (info@bonner-kammerchor.de). An amateur chamber choir made up of roughly forty members. The choir occasionally hosts free shows.
  • Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Wachsbleiche 1 +49 /(0)228/ 45 49 3-0 (info@beethoven-orchester.de, fax: +49 /(0)228/ 45 49 3-25)
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Ameron Hotel Konigshof Bonn
Located in Bonn, Ameron Hotel Konigshof Bonn is on a river and close to University of Bonn. Regional points of interest also include Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust. Dining options at Ameron Hotel Konigshof Bonn include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. This 4.5-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment. Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas (surcharges apply). The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café and coffee in the lobby. 
Derag Hotel and Living Hotel Kanzler Bonn
This hotel is located in Bonn. University of Bonn is an area attraction. Another local attraction is Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust. Dining options at Derag Hotel and Living Hotel Kanzler include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness facility. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff and laundry facilities. A total renovation of this property was completed in 2005. 
Hilton Bonn
A place of refined exclusivity, Hilton Hotel Bonn offers highest standards of service, best-maintained accommodation as well as enjoys all the privileges for an unforgettable stay.  Overlooking the River Rhine in the heart of the city, the Hilton Bonn hotel is 5 minutes walk from Bonn attractions and businesses. The Bonn Opera House and the Beethoven Hall are also placed within easy access from the hotel.  Guests can savour delicious Mediterranean flavours at the L'Oliva restaurant or enjoy international cuisine at Seasons restaurant in a warm and graceful atmosphere. The lobby bar is an ideal place to unwind with a cappuccino, celebrate with cocktails or refuel with a club sandwich.
Maritim Hotel Königswinter Bonn
Maritim Hotel Königswinter is a business-friendly hotel located in Koenigswinter. Dining options at Maritim Hotel Königswinter include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include massage/treatment rooms, beauty services, and a hair salon. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting rooms, audio-visual equipment, and business services. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas.  Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café, a concierge desk, and multilingual staff. 
Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg Koenigswinter
Nestled on the hill of Siebengebirge, the Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg is 3 kilometres from Konigswinter Train Station and 25 kilometres from Cologne Airport. Offering splendid view of the Rhine Valley, this property is few kilometres away from the Cologne Fair and Exhibition Centre.  Guests can relish delicious classical cuisine with a Mediterranean accent or international French specialties in an elegant setting of the on-site restaurant. Offering magnificent view of the Rhine valley, the Bistro Cafe serves regional dishes as well as snacks for you to enjoy.  
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