Hugging the left bank of the Rhine River, Bonn City Centre lies on the site of a Roman settlement that was founded in the 1st century BC. Between 1949 and 1990, it served as the capital of West Germany and for the following decade was the seat of government for reunited Germany.
Things to do in Bonn City Centre
Dominating the city centre are the soaring spires of the Bonn Minster, which was built between the 11th and 13th centuries. It hosted the coronations of Friedrich der Schöne and Karl IV, with a highlight of the interior being the stained-glass windows by Heinrich Campendonk. In front of the Bonn Minster are sculptural heads depicting the city’s patron saints, Cassius and Florentius.
Overlooking the Bonner Marktplatz is the Rococo-style Alte Rathaus, a pink and gold masterpiece that dates back to the 1730s. Its gilded staircase has provided the setting for significant events in the city’s past, with famous faces often appearing here to mark special occasions. The Alte Rathaus is beautifully decorated with tapestries and oil paintings, which provide a backdrop for couples tying the knot.
Classical music lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to the Beethoven-Haus, which occupies the birthplace of the legendary composer. It houses a museum dedicated to his life and legacy, with portraits of his teachers, period instruments and sheet music on display. Step inside the “birth room” and wander through the recreated living area before listening to early Beethoven works in the “sound room”.
Getting around Bonn City Centre
Cologne Bonn Airport is around 25 minutes’ drive from Bonn City Centre and has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular trains connect to the Bonn Central railway station while both buses and trams travel throughout the city centre. Most of Bonn City Centre’s attractions can be accessed on foot.