Bonn is a City in Germany

By: Douglas Scott

Bonn is a large city in Germany, located about 20 kilometres south of Cologne on the river Rhine in the Federal State of North Rhine Westphalia.

A history of more than 2000 years has given the city most varied facets. It was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990 and the official seat of government until 1999.

The former capital of West Germany has reinvented itself as a hi tech hub and international conference venue, without losing any of its old world charm. Thrusting modern architecture now complements cobbled squares.

Part of this manifests itself in walking tours that stress the 2,000 years of Bonns history, with an emphasis on its role as a city of culture during the 19th century and its changing role within Germany since reunification.

Due to the thousands of students Bonn has about 600 pubs and bars including some Irish pubs. Bonn has one opera, 12 theatres and 20 cinemas.

Historical sights to be admired at the different houses of the Bonn Museum Mile, picturesque impressions along the romantic Rhine, the international life or the political life of Bonn and much more.

One of the major buildings along the new Museum Mile, this triangular structure, flooded with light which contains one of the most important art collections along the Rhine.

Beethovens birthplace and the former German capital has a wealth of world class museums, a thriving university and a beautiful old town.

The Sterntor, which was constructed in the 13th century. Then in the 18th century it was moved for traffic reasons and rebuilt in its present position next to a tower which is a remnant of this first city wall of 1244.

The Rheinische Landesmuseum Bonn exhibits, art and culture, from the Stone Age to the present day, including the skullcap of the Neandertaler dating from around 50,000 BC.

Bonn has a wide variety of restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes to offer its visitors. Those who would prefer to stay in just one of the cities districts will be best served in either the city centre or the student quarter of Poppelsdorf. But good food is found not only in these districts, there are also many opportunities to eat out.

Although this small city makes a good day trip from Cologne, its attractions and historical importance justify a longer stay. Come and see for yourself I am sure you wont be disapointed.

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