23 Best Things to do in Bonn (2021)

Bonn is the former capital of Germany and is located on the banks of the river Rhine, 20 kilometers to the south of Cologne. It has a population of 315,000. The city is a popular choice for significant exhibitions and conferences. The town is also famous for being the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven.

If you like atmospheric cities with many students and rich culture, you should consider a trip to Bonn. Admirers call it Germany’s northernmost city for its street culture. It is also an excellent place for day trips to Cologne, Düsseldorf, the Rhine, and the Eifel region with lots of cafes and beer gardens in the summer.

23. Kurfürstiches Schloss (Koblenzer Tor)

Kurfürstiches Schloss
Koblenzer Tor (Detlef Huhn/Wikimedia)

It is a two-and-a-half-story four-wing complex with four massive four-story corner towers around a large courtyard and a courtyard of honor in the NE, elongated, three-story south wing with 29 axes at the courtyard garden.

Initially known as the Archbishops of Cologne’s “permanent house”; the “Koblenz Gate” by Michel Leveille, with a gold-plated archangel, enthroned over it, was integrated into the complex.

What tourists liked about Kurfürstliches Schloss

Bonn Castle is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in Bonn. As part of Bonn University, large areas are also relatively freely accessible. Directly in front of the castle is the equally beautiful Hofgarten. The University of Bonn is a tenant or owner of the court.

22. Wildpark Rolandseck

Wildpark Rolandseck
The wildlife park entrance (Leit/Wikimedia)

The wildlife park extends over an area of ​​approximately 350,000 m² in a hilly, partly gorgeous landscape. It has mostly retained its natural state, with old trees and areas of deforestation. The hiking trails are unpaved, sometimes bumpy and on sloping sections to be taken with caution.

You can see local wild animals such as red deer, fallow deer, mouflons, wild boar, and some domestic animal breeds such as sheep, goats, donkeys, ponies, highland cattle, and rabbits.

These live primarily under natural conditions on extensive areas with retreat options in more remote, quiet spaces. Wild boars and highland cattle are separated by fences. The other wild species are from the hiking trails from free to watch. It is not allowed to leave the paths, both for your protection and to protect the game.  

What tourists liked about Forest and Wildpark Rolandseck

In the wildlife park, you can experience the local wildlife. In some cases, feeding is also possible, which makes the heart beat faster, especially in children. There are enough picnic areas in the park so that you can also consume food and drinks you have brought with you, a great day for the whole family.

21. Kanzlerbungalow 

Kanzlerbungalow
Kanzlerbungalow (A.Savin/Wikipedia)

The former place of residence of the Federal Chancellor of the FRG. On the site of the former Chancellery and today’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The place has a tea house and a park nearby as well.  The Chancellor’s bungalow has beautiful decorations in the style of the time.

What tourists liked about Kanzlerbungalow

A visit to the former Chancellors bungalow is an excellent addition to a city tour. To see how cramped you could live in high positions, is impressive. More to explore, the beautiful landscapes of the parks around it and the nearby History of the Republic.

20. Rheinsteig

Rheinsteig
Rheinsteig (die.tine/Flickr)

The Rheinsteig is one of Germany’s most spectacular hiking trails. You get to hike through the Siebengebirge, and the dramatic Middle Rhine Valley and enjoy the heavenly views of the Rheingau. Your constant companion, the Rhine, stays with you along the entire adventure. Occasionally, it remains a couple of hundred feet below you as you trek along cliffs, whereas at other moments, you’ll only be able to see it at a distance as you move through the green slopes of Westerwald.

What tourists liked about Rheinsteig

Rheinsteig is one of the most pleasurable tourist sites in Germany. The routes here are well maintained and marked. Though some routes are difficult, the viewpoint is rewarding. You will never forget the stunning images of the picturesque villages, panoramas of the river and the vessels navigating on it.

19. Doppelkirche

Doppelkirche
The Doppelkirche (Francisco Anzola/Flickr)

The double Romanesque church of St. Maria and St. Clemens in the Schwarzrheindorf district of Bonn is one of the most significant Romanesque churches in Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the Rhine and was built on behalf of Arnold II von Wied (Archbishop and Elector of Cologne) and his sister Hedwig von Wied ( mid 12th century). The upper church is dedicated to the Mother of God, the lower church to Saint Clement.

The church has a cruciform floor plan. The rooms are on top of one another, and each has its own altar. An octagonal opening in the floor of the upper church allows a view into the lower church. The cycle of Romanesque wall paintings about the Old Testament inside the church is remarkable.

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What tourists liked about Doppelkirche

The church of Doppelkirche situated in the suburb of Schwarzrheindorf in Bonn is a small paradise. Restoration work has been done on it using original colours above the layer of white plaster. This and the two other churches on the inside are among the best preserved and largest churches in Germany.

18. Arithmeum

Arithmeum
Main floor of Arithmeum (Better Than Bacon/Flickr)

It explains the genesis of arithmetic with devices like the first computers. It has the most comprehensive collection of mechanical calculating devices preserved in the aesthetic environment of the museum. You will get to see various historical machines and explore the aesthetics of factory wheels. Besides, a collection of historical computing and mathematics books dating back to Gutenberg’s time is also displayed in the museum. Visitors can learn about interactive multimedia stations and see how a computer chip and discrete mathematics together contribute to the development of highly complex microprocessors. The visitors also get to learn about how a microprocessor chip is designed.

What tourists liked about Arithmeum

It’s a unique museum that leads you through the history of mathematics and calculators. The exhibition of calculating machines is accompanied by hundreds of geometric artworks on the walls. The building itself is impressive with its class facades that let you peek in from the outside.

17. Rheinisches Landesmuseum

Rheinisches Landesmuseum
Rheinisches Landesmuseum (Kleon3/Wikimedia)

The museum of Rheinisches Landesmuseum, near the old centre of town, is a pleasant surprise. The layout of the galleries is very spacious, and the collection is very varied. There is an excellent collection of the history of the area dating from prehistoric times via the Romans to the present day. There’s a section dedicated to contemporary art where you can ride a mock horse experiencing being a king.

There is a lovely cafe and a restaurant on the ground floor level with excellent service and good food.

What tourists liked about Rheinisches Landesmuseum

It is an exciting concept; the museum shows history in a fascinating way. You don’t have to follow a chronological circuit which is usually rather dull. The approach is thematic; you can use excellent audio guides and learn a lot. The non-permanent exhibitions are inventive, creative, and very often interactive. You can take your children and they are very welcome

16. Beethoven-Denkmal

Beethoven-Denkmal
Beethoven-Denkmal (Sir James/Wikimedia)

Münsterplatz, Bonn is an ancient city of Germany which is the birthplace of a great composer of world history- Beethoven. You can visit its famous restaurants or coffee shop or explore the streets for shopping. Do not forget to visit the Museum of Haus der Geschichte, where you can find very detailed records of German history.

What tourists liked about Beethoven-Denkmal

The Beethoven statue is located on the square in front of the main post office building and is surrounded by various galleries, shops, cafes. There are always a lot of passers-by and tourists in the square. The square is located not far from Bonn Central Station.

15. Nibelungenhalle

Nibelungenhalle
Nibelungenhalle (Dirk Schmidt/Wikimedia)

Whoever goes down from the Drachenfels into the valley – the legend of Siegfried and therefore the Dragon still in his ear and also inspired by the romantic forest path under dark trees pondering what may have already lived in these forests. In this ‘dragon mood’, the Nibelungenhalle awaits you with a 40 meter long dragon cave, at the end of which a 13 meter stone dragon awaits. The descendants of these dinosaurs can be seen next door in the reptile zoo, which with around 100 animals is one of the largest private zoos of its kind in Germany. 

What tourists liked about Nibelungenhalle

The Nibelungenhalle is located halfway to the Drachenfels. Almost 5 euro entry for a privately run reptile zoo with some incredible species. The Mississippi alligators with outdoor enclosures are a highlight. There are also plenty of giant snakes, caimans, skinks, iguanas and tarantulas. Parrots can also be seen in summer.

14. Deutsches Museum Bonn

Deutsches Museum Bonn

This museum is devoted to contemporary technology and related research and is part of the Deutsches Museum group. It gives particular importance to young visitors. Children and young people with their families or in school groups make up the majority of visitors. There is a separate department to showcase unique exhibitions in an educative but interesting way.

What tourists liked about the Deutsches Museum Bonn

The Deutsches Museum in Bonn is not a museum at all, but an extracurricular place of learning and a place to experience MINT (mathematics, computer science, natural science and technology). A place that has to be preserved and that you cannot see often enough, with or without children.

13. AGGUA TROISDORF

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If you’re seeking relaxation of mind and sporty fun, come to this amusement park in Troisdorf. The activities at this water park vary from midnight sauna, aquakino, as well as exciting water games. There’s also a sports pool, which could be a great spot to get your hormones rushing with fun. You can enjoy early morning swimming too.

What tourists liked about AGGUA TROISDORF

The Aggua in Troisdorf is not just a simple swimming pool; it is a fun pool for young and old. Modern and spotless swimming pool with a huge outdoor area and attractive facilities, especially for smaller children up to 10 years. There is also a spacious bistro with a terrace and a beautiful view of the green, open-air area.

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12. Poppelsdorfer Schloss (Poppelsdorf Castle)

Poppelsdorfer Schloss
Poppelsdorfer Schloss (YvoBentele/Wikimedia)

Poppelsdorf Castle is one of the most charming sites of Bonn. It is surrounded by tranquil lawns covered with lilies; on the side of a small stream. Prince Clemens August loved this place as his summer residence. Nowadays in summer; it holds classical music concerts in a round hall. There’s also a mineralogical museum which is open on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. There’s a beautiful botanical garden as well which is open everyday except Saturday. In winters it remains open until 16 p.m. If you’re lucky, you will get a chance to see the world’s largest flower-  the Titanenwurz (Indonesian) as it blossoms only once in three-four years.

What tourists liked about Poppelsdorfer Schloss

It is a great pleasure to stroll around Poppelsdorf Palace. It is such a peaceful and beautiful walk. The magnificent palace building is now a part of the University of Bonn.

11. Cherry Blossom Avenue (Heerstrasse)

Cherry Blossom Avenue (Heerstrasse)
Heerstrasse during Spring (buechertiger/Flickr)

Altstadt is an old city in Bonn, where you can find streets like Heerstraße and Kölnstraße tunnelled with cherry blossoms. These streets burst with colour each Spring. The bloom occurs sometime around April and makes people flock in droves to the picturesque streets. The decorative flowering cherry blossoms were initially planted in the late nineties and have become a big attraction for the historic town. Don’t forget to check the cherry blossoms if you are in Bonn during the spring.

What tourists liked about cherry blossom avenue

Every year during Spring, thousands of visitors look forward to the Japanese ornamental cherry’s blossoms in Bonn’s old town. Here you can understand why so many Japanese people yearn for the cherry blossom. The colour is simply indescribable. All of this is due to coincidence or poor planning. When these trees were supposed to be planted there, the planned trees could not be delivered, only a contingent of Japanese ornamental cherries was available and was planted.

10. Altes Rathaus

Altes Rathaus
Old city hall at the square (Guido Radig/Wikimedia)

This building corresponds to the old town hall, located on the market square in Bonn and was built during the late 1740s  in the Rococo style. You can admire its central staircase with two accesses and with golden ironwork. It can be seen by day with its pink facade, but also at night with its lighting. 

What tourists liked about Altes Rathaus

The historic centre of Bonn is lovely and well kept, all very elegant and clean. The Town Hall square, with the town hall building, is one of the most popular and most visited central places because it deserves to be a symbol of the city.

9. Kunstmuseum Bonn

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Kunstmuseum Bonn (fiction of reality/Flickr)

The modern architecture has created a beautiful framework for the works of August Macke and his contemporaries, which can currently be seen there, and for the results of other artists of the later 20th century, including Beuys and Hartung. All employees were friendly, open-minded and helpful, despite Sundays and hot weather.

What tourists liked about Kunstmuseum Bonn

The Kunstmuseum metropolis is an influential museum of contemporary art. Nearly every star in German art nowadays is a gift, and therefore the museum is delightfully ethereal and lightweight. The gallery areas are monumental, lightweight and ethereal with many spaces to step back to look at work.

8. Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden at the Palace (Martin Hedegaard/Flickr

In good weather, one of the best excursions you can take in Bonn. Located around the Poppelsdorf Palace, the Botanical Garden of the University of Bonn offers an excellent overview of the plants of the world – free of charge from Monday to Friday. It is closed on Saturdays, admission on Sundays costs 3 EUR / adult. The large tropical greenhouse is particularly significant, in which there are also some animal inhabitants and in which the famous titan arum of the garden blooms from time to time. 

What tourists liked about Botanical Garden

The entrance to the territory of the Botanical Garden is free, there are many interesting plants, and it is pleasant to just go for a walk. There are also plenty of benches in the garden; you can have a snack or read a book while birds are singing.

7. Bonner Weihnachtsmarkt

Bonn Christmas market
Bonn Christmas market (Shepard4711/Flickr)

The Bonn Christmas market at the centre of town sparkles in coloured lights once a year and attracts thousands of holidaymakers.

The arts and crafts are well represented here. With 170 exhibitors, everyone is sure to find a Christmas present or two. The Christmas market in Bonn also has a lot to offer in culinary terms: from freshly smoked salmon, gingerbread hearts, mulled wine to chocolate fruits, there is something for every taste.

What tourists liked about Bonner Weihnachtsmarkt

The Bonn Christmas Market is designed in such a way that all the stalls are easily reachable. The market gets set in a spacious area, and you won’t find it difficult to move with the crowd. You will find a variety of stalls there selling Christmas items, crafts pieces, food and drink stands and much more.

6. Zoologisches Museum König

Zoologisches Museum König
Zoologisches Museum Alexander König (Steiner, Egon/Wikimedia)

The museum is magnificent. It mainly shows taxidermied animals in a nature-like environment. This is is not a very big place, but you will still need to spend 2 hours to see everything. Presently, there is also an exhibition on dinosaurs, and there are some aquariums with live fish as well. And if you want a break, there’s a cafeteria nearby as well.

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What tourists liked about Zoologisches Museum Konig

It’s a collection of a classic natural history museum presented in beautiful landscapes. At the entrance the savannah awaits, here you can see it Over the floors, there are always animal surprises. And for children who have never been able to experience the German forest with their animals, there are also super-made votive windows here.

5. Bonner Münster

Bonner Münster
Bonner Münster (Thomas Wolf/Wikipedia)

Bonner Münster is a beautiful Roman Catholic church, built over the 11th to 13th century. Its architecture is Romanesque and somewhat unique. It has beautiful glass windows stained in blue colour. The aisle pews have ornate ends. For a church of its size, it has a large number of sculptures. The organ and its pipe trumpets look lovely. It has four upper keyboards and a foot keyboard. The instrument is a complex one to play.

What tourists liked about Bonner Münster

Bonn Minster has a rich and eventful history. There is a lot to discover, especially for visitors interested in history and architecture. It tells about its relationships with other Romanesque churches along the Rhine (St. Gereon / Cologne, Maria Laach, Koblenz, etc.). The Bonn Minster also has a beautiful atmosphere, both those who come to pray and who simply want to linger will quickly feel “at home”.

4. Rheinaue

Rheinaue
Rheinaue (Romtomtom/Flickr)

There is a large area for a walk and an outdoor cafe and a restaurant. That cafe on the street has such a traditional German atmosphere of a shop and long tables. Often the musicians give some kind of concerts and cheer up)) There is also free admission on the territory of Japanese Garten park, and you can admire the landscapes and flowers.

What tourists liked about Rheinaue

The Rheinaue in the south of Bonn is a beautiful relic of the Federal Horticultural Show. There is space to grill and play here. Beautifully laid out paths and bodies of water with a large population of trees make up this park.

3. Beethoven Haus

Beethoven Haus
Inside Beethoven House (Hbar.cc/Wikimedia)

Star composer Ludwig Beethoven was born in 1770. Today at his birthplace, his original letters, paintings, scores and instruments, including his last grand piano, offer insight into his routines, work and feelings. Of particular note are the colossal ear trumpets that were used by him in combating his deafness.

What tourists liked about Beethoven-Haus

A house with a lot of history, you have the original Piano where Beethoven played, the free ones where he composed, knowing that it is the house where he grew up is incredible. You have the option to make an audio guide, or else to be able to grab the different brochures in different languages and Inside you have a shop to buy musical boxes and other things.

2. Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Haus der Geschichte
Inside Haus der Geschichte (Wolkenkratzer/Wikimedia)

The Haus der Geschichte presents a recent German history in a smart and adventurous way. Watch classic clips in a 1950s cinema, walk through the fuselage of a Berlin airlift Rosinenbomber plane, examine Erich Honecker’s arrest warrant, stand in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall or watch John F Kennedy’s famous ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech, examine Erich Honecker’s arrest warrant, imagine free love in a VW microbus, and much more.

What tourists liked about Haus der Geschichte

A great exhibition with really remarkable exhibits in the permanent collection. There are several authentic articles on display. The museum itself is very modern and spacious; it makes walking through the exhibits very pleasant. 

1. Schloss Drachenburg

Schloss Drachenburg
Schloss Drachenburg ( Tourismus NRW e.V./Flickr)

This unusual structure was erected from 1882 to 1884 for Baron Stephan von Sarter. It’s a highly significant building of the late 19th century in Germany.

This picturesque building, located in the middle of the Siebengebirge park, is visible halfway up the Drachenfels and is a beautiful combination of nature and culture. The varied history of this romantic landscape attracts thousands of visitors. The usual residence is a synthesis of the palace, castle, and villa construction. The restored rooms offer an insight into the grand living culture of the Wilhelminian era.

What tourists liked about Schloss Drachenburg

This private castle resembles fairy tales of Disney, but it is a fine example of northern art of the 19th century. It has various halls and bedrooms surrounded by great views and is decorated with many wonderful stained glass paintings of historical personalities. You can also relax at the nearby vast garden and enjoy cuisines at a restaurant; all within easily reachable areas.

Bonus: HARIBO Fabrikverkauf

Haribo Fabrikverkauf
HARIBO Fabrikverkauf (Wistula/Wikimedia)

As the German song says, Haribo makes children happy but not only. Wonderful store! It is organised on two floors and features a large assortment of candies, many of which are not found in Italy. On the lower floor, there are also panels that tell the story of the company and some curiosities, for example, linked to the choice of the brand name. Fair prices, around € 0.90 for a 200gr package.