Exploring Bonn Germany, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Birthplace

Our Rhineland adventure is not over yet without visiting another notable city of Bonn, Germany. After spending a day in Koblenz was a success, I wanted to visit another underrated or unpopular cities in Europe. 

Bonn Germany, Ludwig van Beethoven

Yes! You’ve heard it. Bonn the Federal city in Germany, honestly, I haven’t heard from this city. Until one of my co-travel bloggers contributed a piece for my collaboration blog post of 9 Unpopular Places to visit in Europe.  

Did you know that Bonn was the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and residence of the Archbishops and Prince-electors of Cologne?

And it was also the capital of West Germany back in the days? The city is home to the University of Bonn and a total of 20 United Nations institutions.

Getting to know more about Bonn

Getting to know more about Bonn

Settled close to the border with Rhineland-Palatinate. Bonn Germany is the largest metropolitan area with over 11 million inhabitants.

It lies spanning an area of more 141.2 km2 on both sides of the river Rhine, almost three-quarters of the city lies on the river’s left bank.

Bonn is said to be The Gate to the Romantic Rhine. Furthermore, Bonn is a 2000-year-old history city and has become very engaging as a cultural destination. And is well-known for its top exhibitions and events.

Bonn Germany

As I’ve mentioned, Bonn is the place of birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the world-famous composer. He has been a renowned university city since the early 19th century. Beethoven-House can be found in the city center.

Some of the exhibitions and collections from Bonn’s Museum, like House of History of the Federal Republic of Germany, Art Museum Bonn, German Museum Bonn, and many more attract more than 2 million visitors every year.

Places must-visit in Bonn Germany

Places must-visit in Bonn Germany

There are some beautiful places to visit in Bonn. Including its wonderful churches Bonn Minster, Doppelkirche Schwarzrheindorf, Old Cemetery Bonn, one of the best-known cemeteries in Germany.

There’s Kreuzbergkirche, and St. Remigius, where Beethoven was baptized.

You also have to check out the famous castle in Bonn, Germany. It’s the Schloss Drachenburg, a private villa styled as a palace and constructed in the late 19th century.

The villa is owned by the State Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia. On the other hand, there’s Godesburg, a castle in Bad Godesberg, a formerly independent part of Bonn.

Accordingly, Godesburg castle became a ruin and was rebuilt according to plans by Gottfried Böhm. Today, the restaurant is still open, but the hotel thas been divided into apartments.

Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall Bonn Germany

The Altes Rathaus (old town hall), as seen from the central market square, was built in 1737 in Rococo-style. Rococo-style or less commonly Roccoco or Late Baroque.

It is an exceptionally ornamental and theatrical style of architecture, it creates surprise and the illusion of motion and drama. It is often described as the final expression of the Baroque movement.

The old town hall was built under the rule of Elector Clemens August. The steps leading up to the building are world-famous due to numerous receptions for State guests.

Getting into the market center was pretty cool, it was my first time seeing the photo that my co-blogger sent to me, and I can remember it vividly.

Rathaus, Bonn

Bonn’s old town hall really looks beautiful and has many folks around the area. It reminds me a bit of the old town hall in Brussels. Because it was also surrounded by some restaurants and cafés.

Bonn Minster

Bonn Minster

As you can see from the backdrop view, it is Bonn’s nine-hundred-years-old Roman Catholic church. Built on a Roman burial ground. It is powerful, yet slender-looking, 92 meters high spire.

It is one of Germany’s oldest churches, having been built between the 11th and 13th centuries.

At one point the church served as the cathedral for the Archbishopric of Cologne. However, the Minster is now a minor basilica. It served as the inspiration for the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin.

Our Half Day Tour

Ruins in the center

Exploring Bonn, Germany was super exciting. After parking our car in the nearest parking area. We headed to the center of Bonn, and on our way there. I’ve seen some of the majestic ruins that the city offers.

Regrettably, there’s no description on its wall. So I’m not even sure its called Sterntor. I saw it on our way to the tourist office before getting to the center square.

Glaring the city center square, we were surprised by the statues of Beethoven displayed in this huge square. I’m not even sure how many statues were there, but there were a lot.

Bonn Center Square

The square was filled by it. There were different colors (green and yellow) statues. It was quite weird colors, but I successfully able to take some photos. Luckily, Hubby was kind enough to take some photos of me (haha).

Bonn Germany map

Strolling the center, we first went to the Tourism office. We bought a city map for .50 cents. Then we started to stroll again around the vicinity of Bonn. We even tried to enter the Bonn Minster (oldest church). But it was closed due to the construction ongoing.

We kept on wandering/shopping tour. Finally, after half an hour we found the best place to eat. It was in the Town Hall square, where we found a simple restaurant.

Break Time

Hubby ordered a beer sans alcohol and I asked for apple juice. We both ordered something to eat as a meal before heading back to our car. It was already lunchtime, we have to eat and after that go back to Brussels on the same day. I ordered some Asparagus salad mix with parmesan cheese.

Hubby took Cordon Blue with mushroom sauce. It was a nice and satisfying meal. We really enjoyed!

Other places to visit in Bonn Germany are Beethoven House, The University of Bonn, Poppelsdorfer Palace and Botanical Garden, Schumann’s House, Post Tower, and many more. 

Curious about how our travel to Bonn Germany went? Check out our Travel vlog!

Exploring Bonn Germany

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